When fighters 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 on the regional/overseas circuit unless they stand 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 February and instead of list off the best 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 was discharged from the UFC in 2015, Michaud has gone 6-2 such as a TKO win over Fernando Gonzalez Trevino in October. Aguilera meanwhile had his own three-fight win streak snapped in his final bout as he chose to Matthew Frincu at LFA 44. Aguilera will look to avoid 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 as he took a short notice fight against Diego Ferreira. No matter how the comission stated he’d be cutting off too much weight and his UFC contract was recinded. The 33-year-old has won five-straight struggles. 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 title Former UFC heavyweight Hamilton aims to make it three-straight wins when he faces Torgeson. The 38-year-old is coming off a unanimous decision win over Dylan Potter in Dominate FC two in September. Torgeson meanwhile has lost five of the last six fights. Editor’s note: Hamilton defeated Torgeson via 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 in a lightweight bout. Held left the UFC after defeating Nasrat Haqparast in UFC Fight Night 118 and has won back conflicts. Abdulvakhabov meanwhile is coming off a vast majority decision loss to Ali Bagov in ACB 89 in 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 had been 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 at ACB 88 which fell him to 2-2 in his last four fights. Gonzalez meanwhile heads into this fight on a five-fight win series.
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 where he lost a decision to fellow UFC veteran Gleison Tibau. Adaev meanwhile has won three-straight and five of the past six overall heading into the 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 main 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 has not 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 when she faces short-notice replacement Rodriguez. Dudieva is coming off 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 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 pioneer Kelly Kobold in Tuff-N-Uff in September. Maverick meanwhile has won four of her last five struggles 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 in 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 fights 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.
Can there be a notable MMA veteran competing this month that I missed? Or is there a matchup that’s been changed? Hit me up on Twitter @LynchOnSports, and I’ll add it in or fix this up. Thanks.
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