When boxers are given their discharge from a significant North American MMA advertising like the UFC or Bellator — unless they’re a significant star — they frequently fall into obscurity on the regional/overseas circuit unless they stand up a couple of wins and wind up registering with one of the above promotions. In this regular feature for MMAOddsBreaker.com, I take a look at some regional/overseas MMA matchups for the month of February and instead of list off the best fights outside these major organizations, I emphasize some familiar names which 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 seems to make it four straight wins when he faces Aguilera. Since he had been 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 look 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 almost had a second stint in the UFC back in December as he took a brief notice fight against Diego Ferreira. However the comission said he would be cutting off too much weight and his UFC contract had been recinded. The 33-year-old has won five-straight fights. Jourdain meanwhile won the featherweight title beating Alex Morgan by first-round submission at TKO 45 in December. He has won three-straight fights.
Cagesport 55 — Feb. 9 (Tacoma, Washington)
Anthony Hamilton (17-9) vs. Jared Torgeson (18-19) — Heavyweight name Former UFC heavyweight Hamilton intends 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 in Dominate FC 2 in September. Torgeson meanwhile has lost five of the 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 at a lightweight bout. Held left the UFC after defeating Nasrat Haqparast at UFC Fight Night 118 and has won back-to-back fights. Abdulvakhabov meanwhile is coming off a majority decision loss to Ali Bagov at ACB 89 at Aug, which snapped his 14-fight win series.
Daniel Omiela??czuk (20-9-1) vs. Zelimkhan Umiev (11-2)
Former UFC light heavyweight Omielanczuk looks to avoid back-to-back losses when he faces Umiev. Omielanczuk dropped three straight fights in the UFC into Stefan Struve, Tim Johnson and Curtis Blaydes until he was released in late 2017. Umiev meanwhile had his six-fight win streak snapped as he was finished in the first round by Evgeny Goncharov in WFCA 50 in August.
Luke Barnatt (14-6) vs. Jorge Gonzales (14-3)
UFC veteran Barnatt competes in his third straight fight in the light heavyweight division when he faces Gonzalez. The 30-year-old is coming off a majority decision loss to Karol Celi??ski in ACB 88 which dropped him to 2-2 in his last four fights. Gonzalez meanwhile heads into this battle on a five-fight win streak.
Efrain Escudero (30-14) vs. Amirkhan Adaev (14-4)
TUF 8 winner Escudero seems to prevent back-to-back losses for the first time because 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 his last six full heading into the fight.
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 its flyweight title in the primary event of Invicta FC 34. The 32-year-old has remained undefeated because she had been discharged from the UFC in late 2017, going 3-0 with Invicta. Porto has won back conflicts however has not fought since Jan. 2018.
Milana Dudieva (12-7) vs. Karina Rodriguez (6-3)
UFC veteran Dudieva looks to make it two-straight wins for the first time since Aug. 2014 if she confronts short-notice replacement Rodriguez. Dudieva is coming from a TKO win over TUF 26’s Christina Marks in Invicta FC 28 that snapped her four-fight losing series. Rodriguez meanwhile replaces Brogan Walker-Sanchez and seems to rebound 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 looks 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 in Tuff-N-Uff at September. Maverick meanwhile has won four of her last five fights with her lone setback coming against Brogan Walker-Sanchez at Invicta FC 30 where she suffered a split decision loss.
War at the Rock — Feb 16 (Hollywood, Florida)
Michel Quinones (8-3) vs. Yosdenis Cedeno (11-6-1)
A pair of UFC veterans clash at a featherweight bout as Quinones confronts Cedeno. Quinones went 0-2 in the UFC with reductions to Jared Gordon and Sage Northcutt. The 34-year-old struggles 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 in Underground Cage Fighting Championship 1 in July.
Is there a notable MMA veteran competing 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 this up. Thanks.
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