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Christian Colombo    UFC    Heavyweight
Colombo will no longer face Carlos Felipe at UFC Sao Paulo on Oct. 28, as Felipe was removed from the card after getting flagged for a USADA violation, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Colombo, a veteran of two UFC fight (0-1-1), was set to welcome the newcomer to the Octagon in the Brazil event. Instead, he'll await a replacement opponent with the card a little over a month away.
Carlos Felipe    UFC    Heavyweight
Felipe has been flagged for a USADA violation and will no longer make his UFC debut against Christian Colombo at UFC Sao Paulo on Oct. 28, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Felipe recorded a failed out-of-competition sample for a drug test collected in July, and it will ultimately cost him his first opportunity with the UFC. It's unlikely he has the resources to fight this ruling at just 22 years old and with eight fights under his belt, so a suspension is likely forthcoming, barring an unexpected turn of events. Nonetheless, the young Brazilian heavyweight will likely see another opportunity down the road. A prospect with his propensity to finish fights surely has a place with a larger promotion.
Rory MacDonald    Bellator    Welterweight
MacDonald will take on Douglas Lima in the main event of a Jan. 20 Bellator card in Inglewood, California, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Fantasy Analysis

MacDonald, a former UFC title challenger, will likely enter the bout as the favorite. He was victorious in his Bellator debut, defeating Paul Daley by rear naked chokehold back in May. Lima most recently defended his belt by defeating Lorenz Larkin by unanimous decision back in late June.
Douglas Lima    Bellator    Welterweight
Lima will face off against Rory MacDonald in the main event of a Jan. 20 Bellator card in Inglewood, California, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Fantasy Analysis

While MacDonald, a former UFC title challenger, should enter as the favorite, Lima has a quality resume himself. He most recently defended his belt by defeating Lorenz Larkin by unanimous decision back in late June. In a prepared statement, Lima added, "I haven't been this healthy in a long time."
Carlos Condit    UFC    Welterweight
Condit stated Tuesday evening via his personal Twitter account that he wants to book another fight in December or January.

Fantasy Analysis

Condit has long been considered one of the best welterweights in the world, and at 33 years old, there should still be plenty left in the tank. Although he exited the UFC with a 2-5 record in his last seven bouts, each of those defeats were to former champions or title contenders. He'll now look to be booked for a fight more than a year after his last appearance under the UFC banner -- a submission loss to Demian Maia, who later went on to challenge champion Tyron Woodley for the welterweight title (and lost). There are many matchups for Condit that hold high drawing power, some of which include a Robbie Lawler rematch, a showdown with Rafael dos Anjos after his move to welterweight, or even a bout with up-and-comer Mike Perry.
Stipe Miocic    UFC    Heavyweight
Miocic believes he will return to the cage in December or January, Peter Carroll of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The current UFC heavyweight champion began contract negotiations following his second title defense over Junior dos Santos. Since defeating dos Santos and Alistair Overeem, Miocic has been arguing for better compensation before he accepts another fight. He hasn't seen action since May but says talk continues and he's aiming to rejoin the fight scene at the end of the year or early in 2018. Miocic's next fight to retain his belt could lead to a new heavyweight title defense record -- he is tied with the current record at two.
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