When boxers are given their discharge from a significant North American MMA promotion like the UFC or 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 end up registering with one of the aforementioned promotions. In this regular feature for MMAOddsBreaker.com, I take a peek at some regional/overseas MMA matchups for the month of February and rather than list off the top fights outside these major organizations, I highlight some familiar names that you might recognize on upcoming struggle cards.
LFA 59 — Feb. 1 (Phoenix, Arizona)
David Michaud (14-4) vs. Christian Aguilera (11-5)
Former UFC lightweight Michaud looks to make it four straight wins when he faces Aguilera. Since he was released from the UFC at 2015, Michaud has gone 6-2 including a TKO win over Fernando Gonzalez Trevino in October. Aguilera meanwhile had his own three-fight win streak snapped in his last bout as he chose to Matthew Frincu at LFA 44. Aguilera will seem to prevent back-to-back losses for the first time since Mar. 2016. Editor’s note: Michaud defeated Aguilera via TKO at 4:14 of the first round.
TKO 46 — Feb. 8 (Quebec City, QC) — Matchup Moved To April
Jesse Ronson (20-8) vs. Charles Jourdain (8-1)
UFC veteran Ronson defends his lightweight title against current featherweight champion Jourdain. Ronson nearly had a second stint in the UFC back in December because he took a short notice fight against Diego Ferreira. No matter how the comission stated he’d be cutting off too much weight along with also his UFC contract had been recinded. The 33-year-old has won five-straight struggles. Jourdain meanwhile won the featherweight title defeating Alex Morgan by first-round submission at TKO 45 in December. He’s won three-straight fights.
Cagesport 55 — Feb. 9 (Tacoma, Washington)
Anthony Hamilton (17-9) vs. Jared Torgeson (18-19) — Heavyweight title Former UFC heavyweight Hamilton aims to ensure it is three-straight wins when he faces Torgeson. The 38-year-old is coming off a unanimous decision win over Dylan Potter at Dominate FC 2 in September. Torgeson meanwhile has dropped five of his last six fights. Editor’s note: Hamilton defeated Torgeson via three-round unanimous decision.
ACA 92: Poland — Feb. 15 (Warsaw, Poland)
Marcin Held (25-7) vs. Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov (15-2)
UFC veteran Held faces Abdulvakhabov in a lightweight bout. Held left the UFC after beating Nasrat Haqparast in UFC Fight Night 118 and has won back-to-back fights. Abdulvakhabov meanwhile is coming from a majority decision loss to Ali Bagov in ACB 89 at Aug, which snapped his 14-fight win streak.
Daniel Omiela??czuk (20-9-1) vs. Zelimkhan Umiev (11-2)
Former UFC light heavyweight Omielanczuk looks to prevent back-to-back losses when he faces Umiev. Omielanczuk dropped three straight fights in the UFC to Stefan Struve, Tim Johnson and Curtis Blaydes until he was released in late 2017. Umiev meanwhile had his own six-fight win streak snapped as he was finished in the first round by Evgeny Goncharov at WFCA 50 in August.
Luke Barnatt (14-6) vs. Jorge Gonzales (14-3)
UFC veteran Barnatt maintains in his third consecutive fight in the light heavyweight division when he faces Gonzalez. The 30-year-old is coming from a majority decision loss to Karol Celi??ski in ACB 88 which dropped him to 2-2 in his past four fights. Gonzalez meanwhile heads into this fight on a five-fight win streak.
Efrain Escudero (30-14) vs. Amirkhan Adaev (14-4)
TUF 8 winner Escudero looks to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since Apr. 2016 when he faces Adev. Escudaro last competed to the Golden Boy MMA card where he lost a decision to fellow UFC veteran Gleison Tibau. Adaev meanwhile has won three-straight and five of the past six full heading into this battle.
Invicta FC 34 — Feb. 15 (Kansas City, Kansas)
Pearl Gonzalez (9-3) vs. Vanessa Porto (20-8) — Flyweight Title
Former UFC strawweight Gonzalez faces Porto for the flyweight title in the primary event of Invicta FC 34. The 32-year-old has remained undefeated since she was discharged from the UFC in late 2017, going 3-0 with Invicta. Porto has won back-to-back conflicts however hasn’t fought since Jan. 2018.
Milana Dudieva (12-7) vs. Karina Rodriguez (6-3)
UFC veteran Dudieva looks to create it two-straight wins for the first time since Aug. 2014 if she faces short-notice replacement Rodriguez. Dudieva is coming from a TKO win over TUF 26′s Christina Marks at Invicta FC 28 which snapped her four-fight losing streak. Rodriguez meanwhile replaces Brogan Walker-Sanchez and seems to rally from her split decision loss to DeAnna Bennett in Invicta FC 28
DeAnna Bennett (9-4-1) vs. Miranda Maverick (4-1)
TUF 26′s Bennett seems to get back on the winning track against Maverick at a flyweight bout. The 34-year-old is coming off a loss to Women’s MMA leader Kelly Kobold at Tuff-N-Uff at September. Maverick meanwhile has won four of her last five fights with her lone setback coming from Brogan Walker-Sanchez at Invicta FC 30 where she endured a split decision loss.
War at the Rock — Feb 16 (Hollywood, Florida)
Michel Quinones (8-3) vs. Yosdenis Cedeno (11-6-1)
A set of UFC veterans struggle at a featherweight bout as Quinones faces Cedeno. Quinones went 0-2 at the UFC with losses to Jared Gordon and Sage Northcutt. The 34-year-old fights for the very first since Nov. 2017. Cedeno meanwhile appears for two-straight wins for the first time since Oct. 2013 and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Pedro Gomes at Underground Cage Fighting Championship 1 in July.
Is there a notable MMA veteran rival this month which I missed? Or is there a matchup that has been changed? Hit me up on Twitter @LynchOnSports, and I will add it fix it up. Thanks.
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