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Ketlen Vieira    UFC    Bantamweight
Vieira will face Cat Zingano on March 3 in Las Vegas at UFC 222, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Vieira will bring her perfect record into this fight after besting Sara McMann via submission (arm triangle) in Round 2 at UFC 215 in September. That was just her third bout in the UFC, but she maintains an undefeated 9-0 mark professionally. On the other side, Zingano will make just her second appearance in the arena since February of 2015, and is seeking her first win since September of 2014. During her most recent fight, she lost to Julianna Pena via unanimous decision at UFC 200 in July.
Cat Zingano    UFC    Bantamweight
Zingano will take on Ketlen Vieira at UFC 222 on March 3 in Las Vegas, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Zingano will enter having lost her last two bouts, including a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Julianna Pena in July. That was just her first fight since February of 2015, and she will look to turn her fortunes around in Las Vegas against a worthy opponent. Vieira holds a 9-0 professional record, and is 3-0 since joining the UFC last year. Most recently, she topped Sara McMann via submission (arm triangle) at UFC 215 in Edmonton in September.
Cyril Asker    UFC    Heavyweight
The UFC is seeking a replacement for Asker's fight in Shanghai on November 25 after James Mulheron was flagged for a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency violation Saturday, Alexander K. Lee reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Mulheron was immediately removed from the card during the midst of this announcement, which will give the UFC only seven days to find a replacement for Asker. It may be difficult to find someone this late in the process, but the promotion is holding out hope that Asker's fight will not go by the wayside. More should be known within the next couple days.
James Mulheron    UFC    Heavyweight
Mulheron was removed from his bout against Cyril Asker at UFC Fight Night 123 in Shanghai on November 25 due to a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency violation, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

This violation stems from an out-of-competition sample that was collected just last week, and will cost Mulheron a chance to get back on track after losing to Justin Willis during his UFC debut in July. The announcement will cause headaches for the UFC, as the promotion only has seven days to find a replacement for Mulheron. Moving forward, the USADA will handle the case involving "the Juggernaut."
Jeremiah Labiano    Bellator    Featherweight
Labiano lost to Noad Lahat via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) at Bellator 188 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fantasy Analysis

Labiano appears to be the fighter in Bellator who always faces fighters in their hometowns. He had been set to face James Gallagher in Ireland. However, after Gallagher suffered a knee injury, Labiano ended up facing Noad Lahat in Israel. The American fighter had some moments on the feet. He landed some hard leg kicks and uppercuts, but he could not stop takedowns from Lahat. He ended up stuck on the ground eating strikes in each of the rounds. Labiano falls to 2-2 in Bellator and 11-6 as a professional.
Noad Lahat    Bellator    Featherweight
Lahat defeated Jeremiah Labiano via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) at Bellator 188 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fantasy Analysis

Lahat left the UFC and signed with Bellator last year. He won his first two fights over Scott Cleve and Lloyd Carter before losing to Henry Corrales at Bellator 182. Lahat got back on track here with a decision over Jeremiah Labiano. He had some issues on the feet. Labiano's striking style gave him trouble, and he probably ate more strikes than he would have liked. However, Lahat was able to win in front of his hometown crowd in Israel. In all three rounds, he was able to score takedowns and do damage from the top. In the second round, the referee took a point from him for a ground strike and strikes to the back of the head. In the end, that did not matter as Lahat took home the unanimous decision. He improves to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in Bellator.
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