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DraftKings MMA: UFC Hamburg
DraftKings MMA: UFC Hamburg

The UFC heads to Hamburg, Germany for a rare Sunday card, and Jon Litterine is back to break down the key matchups and make his picks.

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Nick Hein    UFC    Lightweight
Hein lost to Damir Hadzovic via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.

Fantasy Analysis

Hein may have had some help with the judges to get even one favorable scorecard, as his opponent made him wear a tremendous amount of damage with his striking, while he consistently came up short or hit arms when he fired shots. Hein is a powerful striker with a strong Judo base but he frequently resorts to throwing just one strike at a time, which isn't particularly useful when you have trouble finding range. Hein falls to 14-4 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Damir Hadzovic    UFC    Lightweight
Hadzovic defeated Nick Hein via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.

Fantasy Analysis

The scorecards were a bit puzzling for this one, as Hadzovic controlled the pace with an excellent stinging jab that opened up the face of his opponent throughout the course of the fight. Hadzovic had been unable to show his potential of late, having faced two strong wrestlers in his previous two fights but showcased tight, solid boxing and good shot selection en route to the victory. He now holds a 12-4 record in professional MMA.
Abu Azaitar    UFC    Welterweight
Azaitar defeated Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.

Fantasy Analysis

Azaitar showed himself to be the quicker, more powerful fighter from the outset but Miranda changed things up by securing takedowns and putting the debutante in some compromising positions. Azaitar seemed unfazed, however, timing his sweeps perfectly and securing top position while doing enough work with his striking to take home the victory. While he didn't show everything he had in this fight, Azaitar is tremendously quick and powerful, which could make him someone to watch for at middleweight going forward. He improves to 14-1-1 with one no-contest as a result of the victory.
Vitor Miranda    UFC    Middleweight
Miranda lost to Abu Azaitar via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.

Fantasy Analysis

It was clear from the outset that Miranda didn't have the speed to keep up with Azaitar on the feet, which led to the veteran securing several takedowns. Miranda achieved full mount on more than one occasion and was fairly deep on an armbar in the third round but was unable to close the show, allowing Azaitar's powerful, quick striking to win the day. While he fought well, Miranda is one of several fighters on the UFC Hamburg card that may be reaching the end of the road, as he is 39-years-old and has lost his last three fights.
Glover Teixeira    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Teixeira lost to Corey Anderson via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.

Fantasy Analysis

Teixeira was able to lean on his wrestling and jujitsu to achieve his previous two victories but seemed to be on an island against the takedown defense of Anderson. The perennial top-5 contender had trouble getting past the length of Anderson and seemed to get beaten to the punch in most exchanges. Teixiera may have the skills to surprise lower-level competition but it's worth wondering how much longer he will hold his place near the top of the division, as the 38-year-old is 2-3 in his last five fights.
Corey Anderson    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Anderson defeated Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.

Fantasy Analysis

Anderson jumped in on short notice to take on the top-5 ranked Teixiera and took full advantage of the opportunity using his length to expertly mix in striking with his wrestling and take the comfortable decision. Anderson's name isn't talked about with respect to the title picture due to his tendency to underperform but we have seen him employ great shot selection and creative striking in his last two fights. If he can continue to use his striking to compliment his wrestling and cardio, he may find himself in contention quicker than expected. Anderson improves to 11-4 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
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