When fighters are given their launch (or elect to sign elsewhere) out of a major North American MMA advertising like the UFC or Bellator — unless they are a significant star — they often fall into obscurity about the regional/overseas circuit unless they rack up a couple of wins and end up registering one of the aforementioned promotions. In this regular feature for MMAOddsBreaker.com, I take a peek at a few regional/overseas MMA matchups for the month of March and rather than list off the top fights outside these significant organizations, I emphasize 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 looks 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 avoid 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 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 battles prospect Abella for the lightweight title. Campbell is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Magomedsaygid Alibekov at RCC 5 that 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 when he meets Brazil’s Santos on the primary 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 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 losses and wins in his last five fights while Wheeler has lost three of his last 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 in 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 its promotions heavyweight title. “Zu” is coming off a spit decision loss to Justin Ledit at 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 looks to make it two-straight wins when he strikes Gordeev who is 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 push his winning streak to three-straight when he faces Lohore who’s completed 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 contest.
Total Warrior Combat (Lansing, Michigan) — Mar. 9
Jarred Books (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 looks to snap a 10-fight losing streak if 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 sole loss of his career as he faces Albazi who has won back conflicts 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 seems 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 seems to Prevent backend losses for the second time in his profession Chris Camozzi (24-13) vs. Muslim Magomedov (4-0)
UFC veteran Camozzi seems to snap a 3 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 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 dropped 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 struggle as Wall looks for back-to-back wins for the first time since Mar. 2013 if he faces Wilkinson who has 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 intends to make it five-wins in row if 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 looks to snap a three-fight slide if he faces Bellator/UFC vet Wisley. Santiago went 0-3 in the UFC losing to Zabit Magomedsharipov, Mads Burnell and most recently Dan Ige at UFC 225. Wisley meanwhile heads into this battle on a eight-fight win series.
Dan Hornbuckle (24-9) vs. Jason Louck (19-13)
Former Bellator title challenger Hornbuckle fights for the very first time since Aug. 2014 when he faces Louck at a welterweight bout. The 38-year-old has lost 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 consecutive win when he faces Abdulaev, who directs to this name fight on a three-fight win streak.
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 lost two of his last 3 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.
Is there a noteworthy MMA veteran rival this month which I missed? Or is there a matchup that’s been altered? Hit me up on Twitter @LynchOnSports, and I’ll add it in or fix it up. Thanks.
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