When boxers are given their release (or elect to signal elsewhere) from a significant North American MMA advertising like the UFC or Bellator — unless they are a major star — they often fall to obscurity on the regional/overseas circuit unless they rack up a few wins and end up signing with 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 significant organizations, 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 competition with Ash as the pair face off in a rematch. Steele is coming off 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 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 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 battles prospect Abella for the lightweight title. Campbell is coming off a a unanimous decision loss to Magomedsaygid Alibekov in 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 looks to snap a two-fight losing streak if he meets Brazil’s Santos on the main card. White won four-straight fights before signing with the UFC this past year, then lost back-to-back conflicts against Neil Magny and Diego Sanchez. Santos meanwhile heads right into this matchup on a four-fight win streak.
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 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 outside the UFC for the first time since Nov. 2013 when he faces Silva at a bantamweight bout. The 32-year-old has dropped five of his last six fights. Silva meanwhile is 2-2 in his past four fights and will be creating his promotional debut.
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 off a saliva decision loss to Justin Ledit at UFC Fight Night 116 which snapped his five-fight win streak. Daukaus meanwhile heads into this matchup on a five-fight win streak.
RCC Intro 3 (Ekaterinburg, Russia) — Mar. 9
Godofredo Pepey (14-6) vs. Pavel Gordeev (13-1)
UFC veteran Pepey seems to make it two-straight wins when he faces Gordeev who is 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 looks to push his winning streak to three-straight if 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 at a featherweight contest.
Total 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 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 when he faces Willis that is seeking to bounce back from 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 straight back from the only loss of his livelihood because he faces Albazi who has won back fights 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 consecutive victory.
ACA 93 (St. Petersburg, Russia) — Mar. 16
Rob Emerson (20-13) vs. Mikhail Malyutin (36-15)
Former UFC/Bellator fighter Emerson looks to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since Sept. 2009 while Malyutin looks to bounce back from his loss 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 Prevent backend losses for the second time in his profession Chris Camozzi (24-13) vs. Muslim Magomedov (4-0)
UFC veteran Camozzi looks to snap a three fight skid and competes for the first time in MMA since May. 2015. Magomedov made his pro-debut in Mar. 2017 and has finished 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 struggle as Wall looks for back-to-back wins for the first time because 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 if he faces Narkun who’s 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 when he faces Bellator/UFC vet Wisley. Santiago went 0-3 at the UFC dropping 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 very first time since Aug. 2014 when he faces Louck at a welterweight bout. The 38-year-old has lost 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 straight win when he faces Abdulaev, who directs into this name battle 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 has 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 introduction against Nastyukin who is 2-2 in his last four fights.
Is there 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 will add it fix this up. Thanks.
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