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DraftKings MMA: UFC Atlantic City Fantasy Preview
DraftKings MMA: UFC Atlantic City Fantasy Preview

Despite a recent setback against the current lightweight champion, Edson Barboza makes for a sneaky underdog play on DraftKings this week. Jon Litterine has the full Atlantic City card breakdown.

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Frankie Edgar    UFC    Featherweight
Edgar defeated Cub Swanson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.

Fantasy Analysis

It was a strong performance from Edgar on the heels of his knockout loss to Brian Ortega just six weeks ago. Fighting on the shortest rest of his legendary career, Edgar, just like the first fight between the two, once again got the better of the striking exchanges with Swanson. Frankie and Cub fight extremely similar styles, but Edgar does it just a bit better. The loss to Ortega certainly derailed Frankie in terms of the rankings in the UFC's featherweight division, but the truth of the matter is that he is clearly one of the best 145-pounders on the planet and he isn't all that far away from being right back in the title picture. Edgar will turn 37 years old in November.
Cub Swanson    UFC    Featherweight
Swanson lost to Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.

Fantasy Analysis

Swanson has built a long, successful career because he is aggressive and excels at putting together combinations, but both of those things seem to go out the window when he fights Edgar. He wasn't overwhelmed on Saturday as badly as he was back in the first fight between the two in November 2014, but he still didn't manage to get even a single round from any of the three judge's. Swanson didn't really deserve to be fighting someone of Edgar's caliber and he had nothing to lose by accepting the bout. As good as Cub is, he has proven time and time again that he isn't on the same level of the top guys in the UFC's featherweight division. Since January 2012, Swanson is sporting a 10-4 record. The four setbacks came against Edgar (twice), current UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway, and future title challenger Brian Ortega.
Justin Willis    UFC    Heavyweight
Willis defeated Chase Sherman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.

Fantasy Analysis

A massive first round and a decent second round masked the fact that Willis did virtually nothing during the second half of the fight. Big Pretty has legitimate power in his hands, but his cardio is questionable and his footwork is non existent. Willis is good enough to beat roster depth guys such as Sherman, but his lack of mobility is going to cost him dearly when the competition level rises. Willis is now 3-0 in the UFC and he should get a slightly better opponent his next time out.
Chase Sherman    UFC    Heavyweight
Sherman lost to Justin Willis via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.

Fantasy Analysis

Sherman is stupidly tough and it was a minor miracle that he was able to survive Round 1. He was the better, more active fighter in the third frame, but he did so little early on that he didn't have a prayer of getting the decision from the judge's. Sherman looks like he should be more effective than he actually is. He's a marketable asset, but he simply isn't a very good fighter. Sherman falls to 2-4 in the UFC with Saturday's setback.
David Branch    UFC    Middleweight
Branch defeated Thiago Santos via KO (punches) at 2:30 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.

Fantasy Analysis

No, that is not a misprint. Branch earned a knockout win, his first since November 15, 2014 against Yushin Okami. Getting eaten alive with leg kicks, Branch finally pushed forced and connected with a wild right hand that finished off Santos. It was a terrific bounce back performance from Branch on the heels of his loss to Luke Rockhold last September. Branch keeps himself in excellent condition, but he turns 37 years old in September and he can't afford many more losses if he wants to remain in the title conversation in the UFC's middleweight division. He responded in a big way on Saturday.
Thiago Santos    UFC    Middleweight
Santos lost to David Branch via KO (punches) at 2:30 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.

Fantasy Analysis

Four straight knockout victories put Santos in position to make a run in the UFC middleweight division, but this loss is a massive setback for the 34-year-old Brazilian. Santos was throwing a bunch of leg kicks and doing a decent job of keeping the bigger Branch off balance early in the contest prior to the finish, yet one big right hand from Branch that didn't even appear to land flush turned his lights out. Santos' power is undisputed, but he struggles to win fights if he isn't landing with regularity. He is 8-3 in his past 11 fights dating back to January 2015.
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