Mixed Martial Arts Veteran Recap: March 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 March.At the beginning of every month,

Fight Nights Global 84 – Mar 2 (Bratislava, Slovakia)

Viktor Pesta def. Alexandr Gladkov via unanimous decision
Former UFC heavyweight Pesta extendeed his wnning streak to three straight. Gladkov has his six fight win streak snapped 

Ali Bagautinov def. Andy Young via unanimous Decision
Former UFC flyweight title challenger Bagautinov earned his third win in a row for the first time since Feb. 2014. Young meanwhile has lost two straight. 

KSW 42 – Mar 3 (Lodz, Poland)

Scott Askham def. Michal Materla via KO (Kick) at 1:09, RD. 1 
UFC veteran Askham earns back-to-back wins for the first time since June 2014 while Materla has his three fight win streak snapped. 

Alliance MMA: @ The Arnold Sports Festival – Mar. 3 (Columbus, Ohio)

Devonte Smith def. Justin Edwards via KO in RD. 1 
Smith earns his third win in a row, while Edwards drops to 1-4 in his last five fights. 

BAMMA 34 – Mar 9 (London, England)

Colin Fletcher def. Walter Gahadza via Submission at 1:50, RD. 2
TUF Smashes standout Fletcher has now won three of his last four fights while Gahadza suffers his third straight loss. 

ACB 83 – Mar 10 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Mikhail Kolobegov def. Thiago Silva via Split Decision 
Kolobegov is now unbeaten in his last eight fights while Silva has now lost two of his last three fights. 

Daniel Sarafian def. Carlos Eduardo via Unanimous Decision 
TUF Brazil competitor Sarafian earns back-to-back wins for the first time since July 2011, while Eduardo has his six-fight win streak snapped.

Brett Cooper def. Andre Santos via TKO (Ground and Pound) at 1:42, RD. 1 
Cooper has now won four of his last five figths while Santos drops his second fight in his last three outings. 

Christos Giagos def. Herdeson Batista via Unanimous Decision 
UFC veteran Giagos has now won four of his last five fights while Batista has now lost two-straight fights after amassing a 13-fight win streak. 

Road FC 46 – Mar. 10 (Seoul, South Korea)

Siala Siliga “Mighty Mo” (12-5) vs. Hyun Man Myung (5-3)
Bout cancelled due to an injury to Myung.
Shamil Zavurov def. Rony Torres via Unanimous Decision 
Former UFC/WSOF fighter Torres has his 11-fight win streak snapped while Zavurov earns his sixth win in a row.  

Beatdown 21 – Mar. 10 (New Town, North Dakota)

Johnny Case def. Brandon Logano via TKO, RD. 2 
Former UFC lightweight Case earns his first win since Nov. 2015 while Logano has his two-fight win streak snapped. 

Mike ‘Biggie’ Rhodes vs. Bryan Baker ends in a No Contest 
Bout ruled a No Contest after Baker hit Rhodes with some illegal shots to the back of the head. 

Rob Emerson (19-12) vs. Chino Duran (8-11)
Bout cancelled due to an injury to Emerson

Alexa Connors def. Carina Damm via TKO (Body Kick), RD. 3
Strikeforce veteran Damm suffers her third straight loss while Connors has now won five of her last six fights. 

Pancrase 294 – Mar. 11 (Tokyo, Japan)

Issei Tamura def. Yoshinori Horie via TKO 
Former UFC bantamweight Tamura earns his second-straight win while 22-year-old Horie suffers the first loss of his career.  

Shogun Fights – Mar 17 (Hollywood, Florida)

Sean Brady def. Colton Smith via Unanimous Decision 
Brady earns his seventh win in a row while Smith has his four-fight win streak snapped.

Cage Warriors 92 – Mar. 24 (London, England)

Jack Shore def. Vaughan Lee via Unanimous Decision
Shore earns his eighth win in a row while Lee has now lost five straight fights.

864 Fighting Championship: Fight 3 – Mar. 24 (Greenville, South Carolina)

Dominic Waters def. Cody Wilson via Unanimous Decision
Former UFC welterweight Waters snaps a three-fight skid while Wilson has now lost three of four of his last five fights.

Invicta FC 28 – Mar 24 (Salt Lake City, Utah)

DeAnna Bennett def. Karina Rodriguez via Unanimous Decision
Bennett earns her first win since Sept. 2015 while Rodriguez has her three-fight win streak snapped. 

Pearl Gonzalez def. Kali Robbins via Unanimous Decision
Gonzalez gets back in the win column for the first time since April 2016. Robbins suffers the first loss of her career. 

Fight Nights Global 85 – Mar. 30 (Moscow, Russia)

Aliaskhab Khizriev def. Rousimar Palhares via TKO at 0:58, RD. 1 
Khizriev keeps his undefeated streak at 12-straight fights while Palhares is now winless in his last two fights. 

M-1 Challenge 90 – Mar. 30 (St Petersburg, Russia)

Joe Riggs vs. Bori Polezhay ends in a draw 
UFC veteran Riggs keeps his undefeated streak at eight straight fights while Polezhay goes to the first draw of his career. 

Is there a notable MMA veteran competing this past 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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