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Dave Rickels    Bellator    Lightweight
Rickels will face Adam Piccolotti in a catchweight bout at Bellator 189 on Dec. 1 in Thackerville, Oklahoma, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rickels is stepping in on short notice to face Piccolotti after Derek Anderson was forced to withdraw from the fight due to an undisclosed injury. The 29-year-old fighter is in the midst of a three-match unbeaten streak and has only lost one of his last six fights -- which came against former Bellator champion Michael Chandler. His opponent, Piccolotti, owns an overall record of 9-1 in professional fights but is coming off his first career loss (a first-round submission to Goiti Yamauchi).
Adam Piccolotti    Bellator    Lightweight
Piccolotti will face Dave Rickels in a catchweight fight at Bellator 189 on Dec. 1 in Thackerville, Oklahoma, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Piccolotti was originally scheduled to face Derek Anderson before an undisclosed injury forced Anderson to withdraw. He'll now go against a fighter in Rickels who is in the midst of a three-fight winning streak and has won five of his last six bouts, with his one loss coming to former Bellator champion Michael Chandler. Piccolotti is looking to bounce back from his first career loss -- a first-round submission to Goiti Yamauchi.
Derek Anderson    Bellator    Lightweight
Anderson (undisclosed) will no longer face Adam Piccolotti at Bellator 189 in December, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Anderson was originally set to take on Piccolotti in a catchweight bout next month, but was forced to withdraw after sustaining an undisclosed injury. It's still unclear how long Anderson will be sidelined with the issue. In the meantime, Dave Rickels -- a Bellator fighter since 2011 -- is set to fight in his place.
Luke Sanders    UFC    Bantamweight
Sanders will face Andre Soukhamthath at UFC Fresno on December 9, following Bryan Caraway's withdrawal due to a shoulder injury, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Sanders will now look to get back on track against Soukhamthath instead of Caraway, after his defeat to Iuri Alcantara in March. The loss was the first of Sanders' career, and was also a tough one to swallow, as he was in complete control until going down via submission (kneebar) in Round 2 at UFC 209 in early March. On the other side of the arena, Soukhamthath is trying to earn his first UFC victory following a pair of defeats to Alejandro Perez and Albert Morales earlier this year.
Andre Soukhamthath    UFC    Bantamweight
Soukhamthath will take Bryan Caraway's place against Luke Sanders at UFC Fresno on December 9, as Caraway recovers from a shoulder injury, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Soukhamthath joined the promotion within the last year, and is still looking for his first win in the UFC after dropping fights to Albert Morales and Alejandro Perez in 2017. His most recent fight came against Perez, during which he was defeated via split decision in Mexico City in early August. His opponent for this fight comes in with a professional record of 11-1, but recently lost a shocker to Iuri Alcantara in March. Prior to that defeat, Sanders bested Maximo Blanco via submission (rear-naked choke) during his UFC debut in January of 2016.
Bryan Caraway    UFC    Bantamweight
Caraway (shoulder) was replaced by Andre Soukhamthath at UFC Fresno on December 9, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Caraway will remain sidelined with a shoulder injury that has bothered him since his fight against Aljamain Sterling in May of 2016, as Soukhamthath will now face off against Luke Sanders next month. This injury has now caused him to withdraw from two events, as he was also scheduled to take on Jimmie Rivera in mid-January, but stepped down because of his ailing shoulder. It remains to be seen as to when he will be fully ready to go, but it sounds like Caraway will spend the next couple months in recovery.
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