When fighters are given their discharge from a major North American MMA promotion like the UFC or Bellator — unless they are a significant star — they frequently fall to obscurity on the regional/overseas circuit unless they stand up a few wins and wind up registering with one of the above promotions. In this regular feature for MMAOddsBreaker.com, I take a peek at some regional/overseas MMA matchups for the month of February and instead of listing off the best fights outside these major organizations, I highlight some familiar names which you may 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 including a TKO win over Fernando Gonzalez Trevino in October. Aguilera meanwhile had his three-fight win streak snapped in his last bout as he chose to Matthew Frincu in LFA 44. Aguilera will look to prevent back-to-back losses for the first time because 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 nearly needed a second stint at the UFC back in December because he took a short notice fight against Diego Ferreira. No matter how the comission stated he’d be cutting too much weight along with also his UFC contract had been 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 struggles.
Cagesport 55 — Feb. 9 (Tacoma, Washington)
Anthony Hamilton (17-9) vs. Jared Torgeson (18-19) — Heavyweight title Former UFC heavyweight Hamilton aims to ensure it is three-straight wins when he faces Torgeson. The 38-year-old is coming from a unanimous decision win over Dylan Potter at 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 in 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 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 prevent back-to-back losses when he faces Umiev. Omielanczuk lost 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 own 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 consecutive 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 battle on a five-fight win streak.
Efrain Escudero (30-14) vs. Amirkhan Adaev (14-4)
TUF 8 champion Escudero seems to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since Apr. 2016 when he faces Adev. Escudaro last competed on the Golden Boy MMA card at which he lost a decision to fellow UFC veteran Gleison Tibau. Adaev meanwhile has won three-straight and five of the past six full 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 confronts Porto for the flyweight title in the main event of Invicta FC 34. The 32-year-old has remained undefeated since she had been discharged from the UFC in late 2017, going 3-0 with Invicta. Porto has won back conflicts however hasn’t 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 if she confronts short-notice replacement Rodriguez. Dudieva is coming from a TKO win over TUF 26’s Christina Marks at 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 at 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 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 losses to Jared Gordon and Sage Northcutt. The 34-year-old fights for the first since Nov. 2017. Cedeno meanwhile looks 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 fix it up. Thanks.
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