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Nick Diaz    UFC    Middleweight
Diaz has been arrested for an alleged domestic violence incident, Simon Samano and Steven Marrocco of MMAJunkie.com report.

Fantasy Analysis

The incident occurred Thursday evening, with the alleged victim being transported to a local hospital. Diaz was also reportedly combative with officers during his arrest. A court hearing is scheduled for Saturday.
Mark Hunt    UFC    Heavyweight
Hunt will take on Aleksei Oleinik in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Moscow on Sept. 15, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Hunt continues to fight at the age of 44, but unlike his last matchup against the much younger Curtis Blaydes, Oleinik is a reasonable opponent. Striking remains the primary strength for Hunt, but even at his advanced age, it's logical to expect his chin to hold up against a smaller heavyweight in Oleinik. It wasn't all that long ago that Hunt sported a takedown defense north of 80 percent, but those numbers are greatly skewed now due to the fact he was taken down 10 times by Blaydes. Oleinik, properly nicknamed "The Boa Constrictor," will look to get this fight to the mat in any way possible, where he'll employ his world-class jiu-jitsu skills. Hunt's chances of winning correlate directly with his ability to avoid this scenario.
Aleksei Oleinik    UFC    Heavyweight
Oleinik will now take on Mark Hunt in a heavyweight battle at UFC Moscow on Sept. 15, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Oleinik had originally been pinned against Fabricio Werdum, but that fight was scrapped due to a potential anti-doping violation by Werdum. In steps "The Super Samoan," a fellow heavyweight over 40 that brings a 13-12-1 (1 NC) record into the Octagon. Hunt is known primarily for his striking, whereas Oleinik lives on his jiu-jitsu game, doing whatever it takes to bring the fight to the canvas. Hunt was once highly regarded for his takedown defense, but his stats will look a bit skewed due to the fact he was taken down 10 times by the younger, more athletic Curtis Blaydes in his last fight. It seems unlikely Oleinik gets a win via strikes here, as even at 44 years old, Hunt still has a good chin. For Oleinik to come out victorious, he'll have to find a way to drag the heavier Hunt to the ground, where he'll get a chance to work his submission game.
Manny Bermudez    UFC    Bantamweight
Bermudez's fight against Davey Grant has been removed from the UFC Liverpool card due to reports Grant is dealing with a staph infection, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Bermudez had been one of the bigger betting favorites on the card, with odds ranging anywhere from (-225) to (-290). It's unclear if this matchup will be booked at a date in the near future, as Grant's medical issue typically only requires a few weeks of recovery time.
Davey Grant    UFC    Bantamweight
Grant's fight against Manny Bermudez has been removed from the UFC Liverpool card due to reports Grant is dealing with a staph infection, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Grant had been a (+215) underdog for a fight that was booked back in April, but the matchup will no longer come to pass due to news that emerged early Friday morning. It's unclear if the promotion will attempt to re-book this proposed bout at a later date.
Aleksei Oleinik    UFC    Heavyweight
Oleinik will be looking for a new opponent ahead of UFC Moscow on Sept. 15, Ariel Helwani of MMAfighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Oleinik was originally going to fight Fabricio Werdum, but an anti-doping violation is now expected to knock Werdum out of the fight entirely. As of now, the favorite for a replacement is Mark Hunt, though nothing has been finalized at this point.
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