MIXED MARTIAL ARTS VETERAN WATCH: FEBRUARY 2019admin
When boxers are given their release from a significant North American MMA promotion like the UFC or even Bellator — unless they are a significant star — they often fall to obscurity about the regional/overseas circuit unless they rack up a couple of wins and wind up registering with one of the 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 organizations, I highlight some familiar names that 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 seems to make it four straight wins when he faces Aguilera. Since he had been released from the UFC in 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 seem to prevent 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 present featherweight champion Jourdain. Ronson almost had a second stint at the UFC back in December as he took a brief notice fight against Diego Ferreira. No matter how the comission said he’d be cutting too much weight along with also his UFC contract was recinded. The 33-year-old has won five-straight fights. Jourdain meanwhile won the featherweight title beating Alex Morgan by first-round entry at TKO 45 in December. He’s 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 make it 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 dropped 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 at UFC Fight Night 118 and has won back fights. Abdulvakhabov meanwhile is coming from a 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 seems to prevent back-to-back losses when he faces Umiev. Omielanczuk dropped three straight fights in the UFC to Stefan Struve, Tim Johnson and Curtis Blaydes before he was released in late 2017. Umiev meanwhile had his six-fight win streak snapped as he had been completed in the first round by Evgeny Goncharov at 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 in ACB 88 which dropped him to 2-2 in his last four fights. Gonzalez meanwhile heads into this battle 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 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 the fight.
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 because 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 seems to create it two-straight wins for the first time since Aug. 2014 when she confronts short-notice replacement Rodriguez. Dudieva is coming off a TKO win over TUF 26’s Christina Marks at Invicta FC 28 that snapped her four-fight losing streak. Rodriguez meanwhile replaces Brogan Walker-Sanchez and looks to rally 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 looks 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 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 struggle at a featherweight bout as Quinones faces Cedeno. Quinones went 0-2 at 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 at Underground Cage Fighting Championship 1 in July.
Can there be a notable MMA veteran competing this month which I missed? Or is there a matchup that has been altered? Hit me up on Twitter @LynchOnSports, and I’ll add it in or fix it up. Thanks.
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