When fighters are given their release (or choose to signal elsewhere) from a major North American MMA advertising like the UFC or even Bellator — unless they are a significant star — they frequently fall into obscurity about the regional/overseas circuit unless they rack up a couple of wins and end 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 rather than list off the top fights outside these significant associations, I highlight some familiar names that you may 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 competition with Ash as 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 appears 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 looks to create it two-straight wins for the first time since Feb. 2014 when he faces undefeated Canadian Pytlik. Lindsay is coming off a submission win over Dawond Pickney at 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 off a a unanimous decision loss to Magomedsaygid Alibekov in RCC 5 that snapped his four-fight win streak. Abella meanwhile is coming from a unanimous decision loss to UFC veteran Jonathan Meunier at 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 when he meets Brazil’s Santos on the primary card. White won four-straight fights before enrolling with the UFC last year, then dropped back-to-back conflicts against Neil Magny and Diego Sanchez. Santos meanwhile heads right into this matchup onto a four-fight win series.
John Maguire (26-11) vs. Brad Wheeler (17-13)
UFC veteran Maguire has alternated between wins and losses 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 outside the UFC for the first time since Nov. 2013 when he faces Silva at a bantamweight bout. The 32-year-old has dropped five of the last six fights. Silva meanwhile is 2-2 in his past four fights and will be creating his promotional introduction.
CFFC 73: (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) — Mar. 2
Azunna Anyanwu (14-5) vs. Christopher Daukaus (7-2) — Heavyweight Title
Former UFC heavyweight Anyanwu competes for the first time since Sept. 2017 when he faces Daukaus for the promotions heavyweight title. “Zu” is coming off a saliva decision loss to Justin Ledit at UFC Fight Night 116 which snapped his five-fight win streak. Daukaus meanwhile heads right into this matchup on a five-fight win series.
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 faces Gordeev who’s riding a six-fight win series.
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 has finished his last two opponents.
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 competition.
Total 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 has 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 when he faces Willis who is looking to bounce back by 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 straight back from the only loss of his livelihood as he faces Albazi who’s won back fights under the Bellator MMA bannerads. 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 straight victory.
ACA 93 (St. Petersburg, Russia) — Mar. 16
Rob Emerson (20-13) vs. Mikhail Malyutin (36-15)
Former UFC/Bellator fighter Emerson looks to prevent back-to-back losses for the first time since Sept. 2009 while Malyutin looks to bounce back from his reduction in Apr. 2018 which snapped his nine-fight win series.
Hacran Dias (24-6-1) vs. U. Gadzhidaudov (10-4)
UFC veteran Dias aims to make it 2 wins in a row while Gadzhidadov looks 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 3 fight skid and competes for the first time in MMA since May. 2015. Magomedov made his pro-debut at Mar. 2017 and has completed two of his four career competitions.
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 pair of UFC veterans clash as Wall seems for back-to-back wins for the first time because Mar. 2013 when he faces Wilkinson who’s dropped three-straight.
KSW 47 (Lodz, Poland) — Mar. 23
Phil De Fries (16-6) vs. Tomasz Narkun (16-2) — Heavyweight Title
UFC veteran De Fries aims to make it five-wins in row when he faces Narkun who’s riding a seven-fight win streak.
Caged Aggression 24 (Davenport, Iowa) — Mar 23
Mike Santiago (21-12) vs. Eric Wisely (32-9-1)
Contender Series winner Santiago looks to snap a three-fight skid if he faces Bellator/UFC vet Wisley. Santiago went 0-3 at the UFC dropping to Zabit Magomedsharipov, Mads Burnell and most recently Dan Ige at UFC 225. Wisley meanwhile heads into this fight on a eight-fight win series.
Dan Hornbuckle (24-9) vs. Jason Louck (19-13)
Former Bellator name challenger Hornbuckle fights for the very first time since Aug. 2014 when he faces Louck in a welterweight bout. The 38-year-old has dropped four-straight struggles 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 straight win when he faces Abdulaev, who heads to this title fight 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 looks to prevent back-to-back losses for the first time in his career after he faces Wakamatsu, who’s lost 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 against Nastyukin who is 2-2 in his past four fights.
Can there be a noteworthy MMA veteran rival this month that I missed? Or is there a matchup that has been changed? Hit me up on Twitter @LynchOnSports, and I will add it fix this up. Thanks.
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