Mixed Martial Arts Veteran Recap: January 2018

At the beginning of every month, I feature my recurring “Veteran Watch” article, which takes a look at some notable veterans competing on the regional/overseas circuit. In this article, I recap how these veteran fighters fared in their respective bouts for the month of January. 

SteelFist Fight Night 55: Opposites Attack – Jan. 13 (Salt Lake City, Utah) 

Clay Collard def. Troy Dennison via TKO at 0:46, RD. 1 
UFC veteran Collard competed for the first time since September 2015 and earned his first win since December 2014. Dennison meanwhile had his two-fight win streak snapped. 

Spartacus Fighting Championship 6: Warrior Honour – Jan. 13 (Sofia, Bulgaria)

James Thompson (20-16) vs. John Demmel (8-1) 
Bout cancelled 

BFL 53 – Jan. 13 (Coquitlam, British Columbia)

Matt Dwyer def. Chris Anderson via Split Decision 
UFC veteran Dwyer captures the BFL middleweight title and competed for the first time since July 2016. Anderson meanwhile suffers the first loss of his career after racking up six-straight wins.  

LFA 32 – Jan. 26 (Lake Charles, Louisiana)

Ryan Spann def. Alex Nicholson via TKO (Punches) at 4:24, RD. 1  – Wins Vacant Light Heavyweight title 
Spann has now won three-straight fights since losing to Karl Robertson on the Contender Series and also earns his third stoppage victory in a row. Nicholson meanwhile has his three-fight win streak snapped. 

ACB 79: Grozny – Jan. 27 (Gronzy, Russia) 

Zach Makovsky (20-9) vs. Kurban Gadzhiev (13-2) 
Matchup cancelled due to an injury to Makovsky 

Efrain Escudero (28-13) vs. Rasul Shovhalov (15-5) 
Bout cancelled per Tapology 

Is there a notable 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’ll add it in or fix it up. Thanks.

Written by James Lynch

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