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DraftKings MMA: UFC Atlantic City Fantasy Preview
DraftKings MMA: UFC Atlantic City Fantasy Preview

Despite a recent setback against the current lightweight champion, Edson Barboza makes for a sneaky underdog play on DraftKings this week. Jon Litterine has the full Atlantic City card breakdown.

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Kevin Lee    UFC    Lightweight
Lee defeated Edson Barboza via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 2:18 of Round 5 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.

Fantasy Analysis

Lee's wrestling and pressure won him this fight, but it was his chin that held up in a moment of crisis in Round 3. The Motown Phenom was able to dominate Barboza with his ground-and-pound in Rounds 1 and 2. As soon as the bell rang for the third frame, Lee nearly had his head taken off by one of Barboza's signature kicks. Lee was clearly in trouble and it looked like he may not survive, but he recovered quickly, made it through the frame and went back to his wrestling in Round 4. It was smooth sailing from then on. Lee's strong performance is somewhat muted by the fact he missed weight on Friday. Lee has shown no desire to move up to welterweight, but he is going to have to seriously consider it if the weight cutting issues continue. Lee is 6-1 in his last seven fights dating back to April 2016.
Edson Barboza    UFC    Lightweight
Barboza lost to Kevin Lee via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 2:18 of Round 5 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.

Fantasy Analysis

Barboza should have declined the fight after Lee missed weight on Friday. UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov rolled over Barboza with pressure and ground-and-pound in December and Edson showed on Saturday that he learned absolutely nothing in the four months since. The crazy thing is that Barboza still had a chance to win despite his struggles. He smashed Lee with a head kick early in Round 3 and looked poised to score a huge upset but he just didn't have the energy to follow up on his one opportunity. The Brazilian fought the final three rounds on autopilot. The 32-year-old finds himself at a career crossroads less than a year after he appeared to be a legitimate title contender in the UFC's 155 pound division.
Frankie Edgar    UFC    Featherweight
Edgar defeated Cub Swanson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.

Fantasy Analysis

It was a strong performance from Edgar on the heels of his knockout loss to Brian Ortega just six weeks ago. Fighting on the shortest rest of his legendary career, Edgar, just like the first fight between the two, once again got the better of the striking exchanges with Swanson. Frankie and Cub fight extremely similar styles, but Edgar does it just a bit better. The loss to Ortega certainly derailed Frankie in terms of the rankings in the UFC's featherweight division, but the truth of the matter is that he is clearly one of the best 145-pounders on the planet and he isn't all that far away from being right back in the title picture. Edgar will turn 37 years old in November.
Cub Swanson    UFC    Featherweight
Swanson lost to Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.

Fantasy Analysis

Swanson has built a long, successful career because he is aggressive and excels at putting together combinations, but both of those things seem to go out the window when he fights Edgar. He wasn't overwhelmed on Saturday as badly as he was back in the first fight between the two in November 2014, but he still didn't manage to get even a single round from any of the three judge's. Swanson didn't really deserve to be fighting someone of Edgar's caliber and he had nothing to lose by accepting the bout. As good as Cub is, he has proven time and time again that he isn't on the same level of the top guys in the UFC's featherweight division. Since January 2012, Swanson is sporting a 10-4 record. The four setbacks came against Edgar (twice), current UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway, and future title challenger Brian Ortega.
Justin Willis    UFC    Heavyweight
Willis defeated Chase Sherman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.

Fantasy Analysis

A massive first round and a decent second round masked the fact that Willis did virtually nothing during the second half of the fight. Big Pretty has legitimate power in his hands, but his cardio is questionable and his footwork is non existent. Willis is good enough to beat roster depth guys such as Sherman, but his lack of mobility is going to cost him dearly when the competition level rises. Willis is now 3-0 in the UFC and he should get a slightly better opponent his next time out.
Chase Sherman    UFC    Heavyweight
Sherman lost to Justin Willis via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.

Fantasy Analysis

Sherman is stupidly tough and it was a minor miracle that he was able to survive Round 1. He was the better, more active fighter in the third frame, but he did so little early on that he didn't have a prayer of getting the decision from the judge's. Sherman looks like he should be more effective than he actually is. He's a marketable asset, but he simply isn't a very good fighter. Sherman falls to 2-4 in the UFC with Saturday's setback.
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