MIXED MARTIAL ARTS VETERAN WATCH: MARCH 2019

When fighters are given their release (or elect to sign elsewhere) from a significant North American MMA promotion like the UFC or Bellator — unless they’re a significant star — they often fall into obscurity about the regional/overseas circuit unless they rack up a couple of wins and wind 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 instead of list off the best fights outside these significant associations, I highlight some familiar names that you may recognize on upcoming 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 pair face off in a rematch. Steele is coming from 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 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 in EFC 10, while Pytlik has won all seven of his struggles by stoppage. Shane Campbell (14-7) vs. Menad Abella (5-1) — Lightweight Title UFC veteran Campbell seems to get back on the winning track when he struggles prospect Abella for the lightweight title. Campbell is coming from a a unanimous decision loss to Magomedsaygid Alibekov in RCC 5 that snapped his four-fight win series. Abella meanwhile is coming off 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 main card. White won four-straight fights before signing with the UFC last year, then lost back-to-back conflicts against Neil Magny and Diego Sanchez. Santos meanwhile heads into this matchup on 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 dropped 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 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 asserts for the first time since Sept. 2017 when he faces Daukaus for the promotions heavyweight title. “Zu” is coming from a spit decision loss to Justin Ledit at UFC Fight Night 116 which snapped his five-fight win series. Daukaus meanwhile heads 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 looks to make it two-straight wins when he faces Gordeev who’s 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 looks to push his winning streak to three-straight if 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 competition. 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 when he faces Robinson who has dropped 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 that 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 appears to bounce back from the only loss of his livelihood as he faces Albazi who has 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 seems to avoid 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 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 looks to avoid back-to-back losses for the second time in his profession Chris Camozzi (24-13) vs. Muslim Magomedov (4-0) UFC veteran Camozzi seems 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 completed 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 pair of UFC veterans clash as Wall looks for back-to-back wins for the first time because 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 when he faces Narkun who’s 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 skid if he faces Bellator/UFC vet Wisley. Santiago went 0-3 at 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 streak. Dan Hornbuckle (24-9) vs. Jason Louck (19-13) Former Bellator name challenger Hornbuckle struggles for the very first time since Aug. 2014 when he faces Louck in a welterweight bout. The 38-year-old has dropped 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 straight win when he faces Abdulaev, who directs 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 avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career when he faces Wakamatsu, who’s dropped 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. Can there be a noteworthy 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 fix this up. Thanks. Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker will be paid if you make a purchase after clicking on the hyperlinks.

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MIXED MARTIAL ARTS VETERAN WATCH: MARCH 2019

When boxers are given their release (or choose to sign elsewhere) from a significant North American MMA advertising like the UFC or even Bellator — unless they’re a major star — they often fall to obscurity about the regional/overseas circuit unless they stand up a couple of wins and wind up signing with one of the aforementioned promotions. In this regular feature for MMAOddsBreaker.com, I take a look at a few regional/overseas MMA matchups for the month of March and rather than listing off the best fights outside these significant associations, I highlight some familiar names which you may recognize on upcoming 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 since the pair face off in a rematch. Steele is coming from a first-round TKO win over Ash at Unified 35 in December. Ash meanwhile looks 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 make 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 from a a unanimous decision loss to Magomedsaygid Alibekov in RCC 5 which snapped his four-fight win series. 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 if he meets Brazil’s Santos on the main card. White won four-straight fights before enrolling with the UFC last year, then lost back-to-back fights against Neil Magny and Diego Sanchez. Santos meanwhile heads right into this matchup on 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 in a bantamweight bout. The 32-year-old has dropped five of the last six fights. Silva meanwhile is 2-2 in his last four fights and will be making his promotional introduction. 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 its promotions heavyweight title. “Zu” is coming from a saliva decision loss to Justin Ledit at UFC Fight Night 116 which snapped his five-fight win series. Daukaus meanwhile heads right into this matchup onto 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’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 push 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 in a featherweight competition. 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 straight when when he faces Robinson who’s dropped 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 that is seeking 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 straight back from the sole loss of his career because he faces Albazi who’s 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 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 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 backend losses for the second time in his career Chris Camozzi (24-13) vs. Muslim Magomedov (4-0) UFC veteran Camozzi seems to snap a three fight skid and await the first time in MMA because May. 2015. Magomedov made his pro-debut at Mar. 2017 and has completed 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 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 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 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 aims 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 in 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 struggles for the first time since Aug. 2014 when he faces Louck in a welterweight bout. The 38-year-old has dropped four-straight fights and will be searching 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 name 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 looks to avoid 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 champion Alvarez makes his promotional introduction 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 in or fix it up. Thanks. Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker will be paid if you make a purchase after clicking on the links.

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