When boxers are given their release from a significant North American MMA advertising like the UFC or even Bellator — unless they are a major star — they frequently fall into obscurity on the regional/overseas circuit unless they rack up a couple of wins and wind up registering with one of those 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 listing off the top fights outside these major associations, I emphasize some familiar names which you might recognize on forthcoming fight 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 had been discharged from the UFC at 2015, Michaud has gone 6-2 such as a TKO win over Fernando Gonzalez Trevino in October. Aguilera meanwhile had his three-fight win streak snapped in his final bout as he lost a decision to Matthew Frincu in LFA 44. Aguilera will seem to prevent back-to-back losses for the first time since Mar. 2016. Editor’s note: Michaud defeated Aguilera through 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 present featherweight champion Jourdain. Ronson almost had a second stint in the UFC back in December because he took a brief notice fight against Diego Ferreira. However the comission stated he would be cutting too much weight along with his UFC contract was 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 has won three-straight struggles.
Cagesport 55 — Feb. 9 (Tacoma, Washington)
Anthony Hamilton (17-9) vs. Jared Torgeson (18-19) — Heavyweight name Former UFC heavyweight Hamilton intends to make it three-straight wins when he faces Torgeson. The 38-year-old is coming off a unanimous decision win over Dylan Potter at Dominate FC two in September. Torgeson meanwhile has lost five of his last six fights. Editor’s note: Hamilton defeated Torgeson through three-round unanimous choice.
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 beating Nasrat Haqparast in UFC Fight Night 118 and has won back-to-back fights. Abdulvakhabov meanwhile is coming off a vast majority decision loss to Ali Bagov at 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 avoid 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 straight 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 fell him to 2-2 in his past 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 champion Escudero seems to prevent back-to-back losses for the first time because Apr. 2016 when he faces Adev. Escudaro last competed on the Golden Boy MMA card at which he chose to fellow UFC veteran Gleison Tibau. Adaev meanwhile has won three-straight and five of his past six overall 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 its flyweight title in the primary event of Invicta FC 34. The 32-year-old has stayed undefeated since she had been 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 seems to make it two-straight wins for the first time since Aug. 2014 when she confronts 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 series. Rodriguez meanwhile replaces Brogan Walker-Sanchez and looks 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 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 against Brogan Walker-Sanchez at Invicta FC 30 where she suffered a split decision loss.
War in the Rock — Feb 16 (Hollywood, Florida)
Michel Quinones (8-3) vs. Yosdenis Cedeno (11-6-1)
A set of UFC veterans clash at a featherweight bout as Quinones confronts Cedeno. Quinones went 0-2 in the UFC with losses to Jared Gordon and Sage Northcutt. The 34-year-old struggles for the 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 noteworthy MMA veteran competing 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.
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