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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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Roberto Sanchez    UFC    Flyweight
Sanchez will take on Ryan Benoit in a flyweight matchup at UFC 228 on Sept 8, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Sanchez is a younger fighter with just two fights with the company, compared to Benoit's six. In the short sample size, Sanchez has registered four takedowns in just under six minutes of fight time, and he'll be facing an opponent with only a 62 percent takedown defense mark.
Ryan Benoit    UFC    Flyweight
Benoit will take on Roberto Sanchez in a flyweight matchup at UFC 228 on Sept 8, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Benoit is 3-2 in his last five UFC bouts, and is facing a younger opponent with just two UFC fights on his resume (1-1). He owns just a 62 percent takedown defense, however, which may be an area Sanchez looks to exploit. Sanchez has registered four takedowns in just under six minutes of fight time, while never having been taken down himself.
Domingo Pilarte    UFC    Bantamweight
Pilarte defeated Vince Morales via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:52 of Round 2 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, earning a UFC contract with the victory.

Fantasy Analysis

Pilarte entered this fight as a (+230) betting underdog, and he ended up taking a major beating before securing the comeback victory. He was able to withstand an early onslaught from Morales and barely made it out of the first round. The second round was looking like more of the same, but Pilarte caught a kick and used it to take Morales to the canvas. From there, Pilarte showed off his jiu-jitsu be securing the rear-naked choke that ultimately put Morales to sleep. Pilarte did have to be taken to the hospital following the event, so his official UFC debut may take some time. Outside of his toughness and grappling ability, one of Pilarte's best traits is his frame, as standing a 6-0 with a 74-inch reach should give him a size advantage over just about any bantamweight opponent.
Edmen Shahbazyan    UFC    Middleweight
Shahbazyan defeated Antonio Jones via TKO (punches) at 0:40 of Round 1 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, earning a UFC contract following the victory.

Fantasy Analysis

A quick knockout is the best way to get Dana White's attention, and the 20-year-old middleweight did just that. Shahbazyan improved to 7-0 with the win, with most of those victories coming under the banner of California Xtreme Fighting. All seven of those wins have a lot in common, as each were earned via a technical knockout with his fists within the first round. It remains to be seen how he fares against UFC-caliber competition, but Shahbazyan could eventually make a splash in an aging, top-heavy middleweight division. He won't turn 21 years old until November.
Maycee Barber    UFC    Strawweight
Barber defeated Jamie Colleen via TKO (elbows) at 4:15 of Round 3 during Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, earning a UFC contract with the victory.

Fantasy Analysis

Barber has publicly stated she wants to become the youngest ever UFC champion, and considering she cannot legally drink in the United States until next May, the goal at least seems attainable. In this matchup, Barber put all of her skills on display. She peppered Colleen with kicks and held position in the first round, and secured a takedown in the second. Barber turned it up in the third before eventually finishing from top position by delivering ground-and-pound with her elbows. It will be difficult to assess her ceiling until Barber sees more UFC-caliber competition, though she does have four wins (three stoppages) under the banner of Legacy Fighting Alliance.
Chan Sung Jung    UFC    Featherweight
Jung (knee) will take on Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC Denver on Nov. 10, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Jung is coming off a serious knee injury suffered in his comeback victory over Dennis Bermudez back in February of 2017. It was a costly win, as Jung suffered both a torn ACL and MCL which required a lengthly recovery process. Now ready to fight again, The Korean Zombie is ready to make up for lost time. Prior to the win over Bermudez, he had been on the shelf since a 2013 bout against Jose Aldo due to his mandatory service requirement in the Korean military. He hardly showed rust in his return then, so there's little reason to assume he will now, as long as he's 100 percent healthy. Jung is a younger fighter with height and reach advantages, but there's no making up for the activity of Edgar during Jung's time on the shelf. Though Jung has landed more significant strikes per minute over his UFC tenure than Edgar, it should theoretically be Edgar with the major advantage in the wrestling department.
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