In a pay-per-view card without a single finish, there was still plenty of room for fighters to rack up fantasy points. Richard Mann returns to break down the striking and grappling numbers from the night's highest scorers.
Fantasy AnalysisWhite took this fight on just 12 days' notice, as he didn't want to turn down what could be his only opportunity with the UFC. According to White, this isn't the first time he's suffered through a cut like this, as he needed to lose nearly 40 pounds for a Cage Warriors bout with John Redmond back in April 2014. Reflecting on how he pushed his body to the limits, "The Thundercat" now says that the only way he'd do something like this again would be if a belt were on the line. Since that's unlikely to happen any time soon, White will instead focus on decreasing his walking around weight so that any future cuts are not quite as brutal.
Fantasy AnalysisThompson said that Till's targeted side kicks to the knee were instrumental to the latter winning the fight, with "Wonderboy" noting that the blows slowed him down during the second round. Fortunately for Thompson, who previously tore the ACL in the same knee, he suffered no other damage after undergoing a post-fight MRI and won't need surgery to address the MCL tear. He'll take the next two months to recover before resuming training and preparing for his next fight.
Fantasy AnalysisDe la Rosa fell short in his UFC debut against Tim Elliot, where he was submitted via an Anaconda Choke in the second round. This was a unique outcome considering that grappling had been considered a strength, with five of his nine victories coming by way of submission. He'll now look to bounce back against Garcia, a 25-year-old prospect that also enters the UFC with an undefeated record.
Fantasy AnalysisTraining out of the esteemed Roufuspport MMA Academy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Garcia is undefeated as an amateur and 3-0 in professional bouts. The 25-year-old has displayed a diverse set of skills to date, picking up victories via TKO and with a variety of submissions. He'll draw another young prospect in the 23-year-old de la Rosa, who was 9-0 as a professional prior to losing his UFC debut to Tim Elliot last December.
Fantasy AnalysisHolobaugh has had a rocky road to get back to fighting under the UFC banner. He lost to Pat Healy under the Strikeforce banner in 2013, then lost another decision to Steven Siler back at UFC 159. The 31-year-old was given another opportunity on the inaugural season of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, and impressed with a victory over Matt Bessette. That win came with a slight asterisk, however, as he used an IV to rehydrate for this fight -- a practice that is banned by the U.S. Anti-Doping agency -- and it resulted in a six-month suspension. This could be the final opportunity for Holobaugh if he doesn't emerge victorious against a fighter making their UFC debut.
Fantasy AnalysisBarcelos was originally supposed to make his UFC debut at UFC Sao Paulo last October, but that fight was called off after his scheduled opponent suffered a knee injury. He'll be pinned against Holobaugh this time around -- a fighter that is 0-2 in the UFC/Strikeforce but sports a 17-4 professional record. Barcelos was once the featherweight champion under the Resurrection Fighting Alliance banner, though he's never cracked the top-50 in the FightMatrix featherweight rankings.
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