When boxers are given their release (or choose to signal elsewhere) out of a significant North American MMA advertising like the UFC or even Bellator — unless they’re a significant star — they frequently fall to obscurity on the regional/overseas circuit unless they stand up a few wins and wind up signing with one of the above promotions. In this regular feature for MMAOddsBreaker.com, I take a peek at some regional/overseas MMA matchups for the month of March and instead of listing off the best fights outside these major organizations, I highlight some familiar names that you might recognize on forthcoming struggle cards.
Unified MMA 36: Mayhem (Enoch, Alberta) — Mar. 1
Dominique Steele (18-11) vs. Teddy Ash (12-4) — Middleweight Title
UFC veteran Steele seems to close the chapter on his rivalry with Ash since the set face off in a rematch. Steele is coming off a first-round TKO win over Ash in Unified 35 in December. Ash meanwhile looks to prevent back-to-back losses for the first time since May 2014.
Jake Lindsay (13-8) vs. Pat Pytlik (7-0) — Welterweight Title
Former UFC lightweight Lindsay seems to make it two-straight wins for the first time since Feb. 2014 when he faces undefeated Canadian Pytlik. Lindsay is coming from a submission win over Dawond Pickney in EFC 10, while Pytlik has won all seven of his fights by stoppage.
Shane Campbell (14-7) vs. Menad Abella (5-1) — Lightweight Title
UFC veteran Campbell looks to get back on the winning track when he struggles prospect Abella for the lightweight title. Campbell is coming from a unanimous decision loss to Magomedsaygid Alibekov at RCC 5 which snapped his four-fight win series. Abella meanwhile is coming from a unanimous decision loss to UFC veteran Jonathan Meunier in TKO 43.
Cage Warriors 102 — (London, England) — Mar. 2
Craig White (14-9) vs. Jolton Santos (28-7)
Former UFC welterweight White appears to snap a two-fight losing streak if he meets Brazil’s Santos on the main card. White won four-straight fights before enrolling with the UFC this past year, then lost back-to-back conflicts against Neil Magny and Diego Sanchez. Santos meanwhile heads into this matchup on a four-fight win streak.
John Maguire (26-11) vs. Brad Wheeler (17-13)
UFC veteran Maguire has alternated between losses and wins in his last five fights while Wheeler has lost three of his past four fights.
Destiny MMA: Throwdown (Waipahu, Hawaii) — Mar 2
Russell Doane (15-8) vs. Diego Silva (11-4)
Doane competes beyond the UFC for the first time since Nov. 2013 when he faces Silva at a bantamweight bout. The 32-year-old has lost five of his last six fights. Silva meanwhile is 2-2 in his last four fights and will be making his promotional debut.
CFFC 73: (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) — Mar. 2
Azunna Anyanwu (14-5) vs. Christopher Daukaus (7-2) — Heavyweight Title
Former UFC heavyweight Anyanwu asserts for the first time since Sept. 2017 when he faces Daukaus for the promotions heavyweight title. “Zu” is coming from a saliva decision loss to Justin Ledit in UFC Fight Night 116 which snapped his five-fight win series. Daukaus meanwhile heads right into this matchup on a five-fight win streak.
RCC Intro 3 (Ekaterinburg, Russia) — Mar. 9
Godofredo Pepey (14-6) vs. Pavel Gordeev (13-1)
UFC veteran Pepey seems to create it two-straight wins when he strikes Gordeev who is riding a six-fight win streak.
Cage Warriors 103 (Copenhagen, Denmark) — Mar. 9
Nicolas Dalby (16-3-1) vs. Alex Lohore (17-3)
Former UFC welterweight Dalby appears to drive his winning streak to three-straight when he faces Lohore who’s completed his last two competitions.
Mads Burnell (10-3) vs. Ahmed Vila (7-1)
UFC veteran Burnell looks for back-t0-back wins when he faces Vila at a featherweight contest.
Complete Warrior Combat (Lansing, Michigan) — Mar. 9
Jarred Novels (14-2) vs. Josh Robinson (12-12) — Flyweight Title
Former UFC flyweight Brooks looks for his second right when he faces Robinson who’s lost three in a row.
Fight Hard MMA (St Louis, Missouri) — Mar. 9
Charles Bennett (30-40-2) vs. Chuka Willis (9-5)
PRIDE veteran Bennett seems to snap a 10-fight losing streak if he faces Willis who is looking to bounce back from a two-fight skid himself.
BRAVE CF 22 (Pasay, Philippines) — Mar. 15
Jose Torres (8-1) vs. Amir Albazi (11-0)
Former UFC flyweight Torres looks to bounce back from the sole loss of his livelihood because he faces Albazi who has won back fights under the Bellator MMA banner. Rolando Dy (10-7) vs. Mehmosh Raza (9-3)
UFC veteran Dy looks for back-to-back wins for the first time since Nov. 2016 while Raza looks for his third consecutive victory.
ACA 93 (St. Petersburg, Russia) — Mar. 16
Rob Emerson (20-13) vs. Mikhail Malyutin (36-15)
Former UFC/Bellator fighter Emerson looks to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since Sept. 2009 while Malyutin seems to bounce back from his reduction in Apr. 2018 which snapped his nine-fight win streak.
Hacran Dias (24-6-1) vs. U. Gadzhidaudov (10-4)
UFC veteran Dias aims to make it two wins in a row while Gadzhidadov seems to Prevent back-to-back losses for the second time in his profession Chris Camozzi (24-13) vs. Muslim Magomedov (4-0)
UFC veteran Camozzi looks to snap a three fight skid and competes for the first time in MMA because May. 2015. Magomedov made his pro-debut at Mar. 2017 and has finished two of the four career opponents.
Dominate FC 3 (Tacoma, Washington) — Mar. 23
Anthony Hamilton (18-9) vs. Kyle Keenay (19-24)
Former UFC heavyweight Hamilton looks for his fourth win in a row when he faces 36-year-old Keeney who has lost three-fights in a row.
Eternal MMA 42 (Southport, Queensland, Australia) — Mar. 23
Ben Wall (9-7-1) vs. Mike Wilkinson (9-4)
A set of UFC veterans clash as Wall looks for back-to-back wins for the first time since Mar. 2013 when he faces Wilkinson who has lost three-straight.
KSW 47 (Lodz, Poland) — Mar. 23
Phil De Fries (16-6) vs. Tomasz Narkun (16-2) — Heavyweight Title
UFC veteran De Fries intends to make it five-wins in row when he faces Narkun who is riding a seven-fight win series.
Caged Aggression 24 (Davenport, Iowa) — Mar 23
Mike Santiago (21-12) vs. Eric Wisely (32-9-1)
Contender Series winner Santiago seems to snap a three-fight slide when he faces Bellator/UFC vet Wisley. Santiago went 0-3 at the UFC dropping to Zabit Magomedsharipov, Mads Burnell and most recently Dan Ige in UFC 225. Wisley meanwhile heads into this fight on a eight-fight win streak.
Dan Hornbuckle (24-9) vs. Jason Louck (19-13)
Former Bellator name challenger Hornbuckle struggles for the first time since Aug. 2014 when he faces Louck at a welterweight bout. The 38-year-old has lost four-straight fights and will be looking for his first win since Apr. 2013.
ACA 94 (Krasnodar, Russia) — Mar. 30
Albert Tumenov (18-5) vs. Murad Abdulaev (18-6) — Welterweight Title
UFC veteran Tumenov looks for his fourth consecutive win when he faces Abdulaev, who heads to this title battle on a three-fight win series.
ONE Championship: A New Era (Tokyo, Japan) — Mar. 31
Demetrious Johnson (27-3-1) vs. Yuya Wakamatsu (10-3)
Former UFC flyweight champion Johnson appears to prevent back-to-back losses for the first time in his career after he faces Wakamatsu, who’s dropped two of his last three fights.
Eddie Alvarez (29-6) vs. Timofey Nastyukhin (12-4)
Former UFC and Bellator lightweight winner Alvarez makes his promotional debut from Nastyukin who is 2-2 in his last four fights.
Can there be a notable MMA veteran competing this month that I missed? Or is there a matchup that has been altered? Hit me up on Twitter @LynchOnSports, and I’ll add it in or fix it up. Thanks.
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