When fighters are given their launch (or elect to signal elsewhere) out of a significant North American MMA advertising like the UFC or Bellator — unless they’re a significant star — they often fall into 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 rather than list off the best fights outside these major associations, I highlight some familiar names which 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 looks to close the chapter on his rivalry with Ash as the set 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 prevent 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 from a submission win over Dawond Pickney in EFC 10, while Pytlik has won all seven of his struggles 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 series. Abella meanwhile is coming from a unanimous decision loss to UFC veteran Jonathan Meunier at 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 enrolling with the UFC last 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 losses and wins in his last five fights while Wheeler has dropped three of his past 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 dropped five of the last six fights. Silva meanwhile is 2-2 in his last four fights and will be making 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 its promotions heavyweight title. “Zu” is coming from a spit decision loss to Justin Ledit in UFC Fight Night 116 which snapped his five-fight win streak. Daukaus meanwhile heads right 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 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 when he faces Lohore who has 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 competition.
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 straight when when he faces Robinson who has lost 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 if he faces Willis that is seeking 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 appears to bounce straight back from the only loss of his career as he faces Albazi who has won back conflicts 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 prevent back-to-back losses for the first time since Sept. 2009 while Malyutin seems 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 profession Chris Camozzi (24-13) vs. Muslim Magomedov (4-0)
UFC veteran Camozzi looks to snap a three fight skid and await 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 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 clash as Wall looks for back-to-back wins for the first time since Mar. 2013 when he faces Wilkinson who’s lost 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 is riding a seven-fight win series.
Caged Aggression 24 (Davenport, Iowa) — Mar 23
Mike Santiago (21-12) vs. Eric Wisely (32-9-1)
Contender Series winner Santiago seems to snap a three-fight skid if 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 battle on a eight-fight win streak.
Dan Hornbuckle (24-9) vs. Jason Louck (19-13)
Former Bellator title challenger Hornbuckle struggles for the first time since Aug. 2014 when he faces Louck at a welterweight bout. The 38-year-old has dropped four-straight struggles and will be looking 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 to 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 looks to prevent back-to-back losses for the first time in his career when he faces Wakamatsu, who’s lost 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 past four fights.
Can there be 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 fix this up. Thanks.
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