When boxers are given their launch (or choose to sign elsewhere) from a significant North American MMA promotion like the UFC or even Bellator — unless they are a major star — they often fall to obscurity about the regional/overseas circuit unless they stand up a couple of wins and wind up registering one of the above 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 instead of list off the top fights outside these major associations, I emphasize some familiar names which 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 from a first-round TKO win over Ash at 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 seems 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 fights 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 battles prospect Abella for the lightweight title. Campbell is coming off a a unanimous decision loss to Magomedsaygid Alibekov at RCC 5 which snapped his four-fight win streak. 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 primary card. White won four-straight fights before enrolling with the UFC this past year, then dropped back-to-back conflicts against Neil Magny and Diego Sanchez. Santos meanwhile heads into this matchup onto a four-fight win streak.
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 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 lost five of his last six fights. Silva meanwhile is 2-2 in his last 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 spit decision loss to Justin Ledit in UFC Fight Night 116 which snapped his five-fight win series. Daukaus meanwhile heads into this matchup onto a five-fight win streak.
RCC Launch 3 (Ekaterinburg, Russia) — Mar. 9
Godofredo Pepey (14-6) vs. Pavel Gordeev (13-1)
UFC veteran Pepey looks to create it two-straight wins when he strikes 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 contest.
Complete 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’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 when he faces Willis who is looking to bounce back by a two-fight slide 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 as he faces Albazi who has won back conflicts 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 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 two wins in a row while Gadzhidadov seems to avoid backend losses for the second time in his career 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 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 that 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 struggle as Wall looks for back-to-back wins for the first time since Mar. 2013 if 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 intends to make it five-wins in row when he faces Narkun who is 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 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 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 lost four-straight struggles 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 straight win when he faces Abdulaev, who heads into 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 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 champion Alvarez makes his promotional debut from Nastyukin who is 2-2 in his last four fights.
Is there a notable MMA veteran competing this month that I missed? Or is there a matchup that’s been altered? Hit me up on Twitter @LynchOnSports, and I will add it fix this up. Thanks.
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