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Alexander Gustafsson    UFC    Light Heavyweight
UFC President Dana White confirmed to reporters Sunday that Gustafsson (shoulder) is expected to fight at UFC 227 on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles, Damon Martin of UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The promotion had originally been targeting a matchup between Gustafsson and Luke Rockhold for the event, but with Rockhold having recently suffered a leg injury that rendered him unable to train, the UFC will begin exploring other options. With Jon Jones suspended and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier tied up in another fight (along with the other top four contenders in the division), it's unclear what direction the promotion will take. UFC 227 is scheduled to take place at the Staples Center, where a bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt is expected to headline the card.
Stephen Thompson    UFC    Welterweight
Thompson was defeated by Darren Till via unanimous decision (46-49, 47-48, 47-48) at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in Liverpool.

Fantasy Analysis

This was a very close fight. Neither fighter went out and "took" the decision. Thompson used his typical elusive style to stay on the outside and avoid big shots from his opponent. Thompson did an excellent job of using his counter-striking to land more strikes than Till. This fight likely swung on "Octagon control" as Thompson was moving backwards the entire fight and Till was pursuing. Thompson could have been more assertive and taken more risks, but that is a tall task against a fighter who possesses the power of Till. "Wonderboy" was knocked down in the fifth round, and that was the decisive point of the fight as two judges gave Till the victory by one round. It seemed like Thompson was on his way to a decision victory, but the judges took into account Till's pressure, damage he did to Thompson's leg, and knockdown in the fifth round.
Darren Till    UFC    Welterweight
Till defeated Stephen Thompson via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46) at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in Liverpool.

Fantasy Analysis

This wasn't the most exciting fight, but that speaks to the skills of both fighters. Both were so talented that the neither could land big shots. Till had to try to figure out Thompson's elusive style, and had a hard time figuring out "Wonderboy's" movement. He was able to do a significant amount of damage to Thompson's leg, and even landed a big shot in the fifth round that dropped "Wonderboy." The puzzling part about this fight is Till would walk Thompson down and cut off the Octagon, but once Thompson's back hit the cage Till would stop coming forward and allow him to escape. "Wonderboy" is so elusive that the best way to do damage would be to trap him against the cage. However, Till's forward pressure, damage to "Wonderboy's" leg, and knockdown in the fifth was enough to sway the judges. Till did a great job in this fight of not recklessly chasing "Wonderbody" and running into a big counter shot that would have finished his night. After a victory over the number one ranked fighter in the division, Till has the possibility of receiving a title shot in his next fight.
Neil Magny    UFC    Welterweight
Magny defeated Craig White via TKO (punches) at 4:32 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in Liverpool.

Fantasy Analysis

Magny was never in trouble in this fight. He landed an accidental low blow in the clinch early in the fight and dominated from that point. After the fight was restarted he got a takedown and immediately went to mount. "The Thundercat" was able to get him off and the referee allowed White back to his feet. After that, Magny initiated a clinch against the fence and capitalized on an error by the UFC newcomer. White left his head exposed low and was hit with a knee which dropped him. Magny followed up with punches and the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Craig White    UFC    Welterweight
White was defeated by Neil Magny via TKO (punches) at 4:32 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in Liverpool.

Fantasy Analysis

White never really had a chance to get going in this fight. He didn't have much space to show off his tae kwan do skills, a discipline in which he holds a black belt. "The Thundercat" tried to pressure Magny up against the fence, and was hit below the belt early on. After the fight was restarted Magny got a takedown and was immediately in mount. White was able to get him off, and when the referee allowed him to get back to his feet Magny initiated a clinch up against the fence. White made a mistake by leaving his head low and took a knee to the face which dropped him. Magny rained down punches and forced the referee to stop the fight.
Mads Burnell    UFC    Featherweight
Burnell was defeated by Arnold Allen via submission (front choke) at 2:41 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in Liverpool.

Fantasy Analysis

Burnell controlled the majority of this fight. His striking was surprisingly effective against Allen and Burnell could get a takedown virtually anytime he wanted. The Danish fighter had multiple takedowns in each round and intelligently stayed in full guard and half guard so he did not give "Almighty" any space to get back to his feet. His ground and pound was not powerful but surely had him ahead on the judges' scorecards. However, in the third round Burnell went for a level change for a takedown and exposed his neck. Allen was opportunistic and grabbed his neck, sinking in the choke and forcing the tap. It was a shocking end to a fight Burnell had controlled from the opening bell.
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