Mixed Martial Arts Veteran Recap: February 2016

61f9e7fc98b11beda1f7427d58379565At the beginning of every month on MMAOddsBreaker, 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 February.   Feb 5th – Legacy FC 51 (Hinkley, Minnesota) Brock Larson def. Travis Coyle via TKO at 2:03, RD. 1  Larson improves to 5-2 in his last seven fights and retires from the sport with a 42-10 record. Coyle has now lost three of his last four fights. Larson retired after his victory. Jacob Volkman def. Antonio Trocoli via Unanimous Decision  UFC/WSOF veteran Volkman earns back to back wins for the first time since 2011 and handed Trocoli the first loss of his career.   Feb 5th – Absolute Championship Berkut 29 (Warsaw, Poland) Pawel Pawlak (11-2) vs. Emil Różewski (6-1) [CANCELLED] Bout was cancelled due to an injury to Rozewski.   Feb 6th – KOTC: No Fear (Lincoln City, Oregon) Ian Loveland def. Enoch Wilson via Submission (Armlock) at 1:59, RD. 1 Former UFC bantamweight Loveland earns his first win since 2014 and earned his first two-fight win streak since 2012. Wilson meanwhile had his three-fight win streak snapped.   Feb 6th – Elite Warrior Challenge 9: Takeover (Salem, Virginia) Matt Van Buren def. Derrick Weaver via Submission (Choke) at 3:38, RD. 2 Van Buren earns his first win since his UFC release while Weaver now drops to 2-3 in his last five fights. Charles Bennett def. Terrell Hobbs via Submission (Heel Hook) at 1:17, RD. 1 Bennett earns his first two-fight win streak since 2011 while Hobbs has now lost five straight fights.   Feb 6th – Dragon House 22 (San Francisco, California) Don Mohammed def. Ron Keslar via Submission (Choke) at 0:49, RD. 2 Mohammed earns his first win since 2014 and improves to 4-0. Keslar meanwhile has now lost five fights in a row.   Feb 7th –WSOF Global Championship 2: Japan (Tokyo, Japan) Miroslav Štrbák def. Akihiro Gono via TKO (Punches) at 2:42, RD. 2 Strbak improves to 4-2 in his last six fights. Gono has his two fight win streak snapped and it was the first time he competed since 2014. Michihiro Omigawa def. Teddy Violet via Split Decision  Former DREAM and UFC fighter Omigawa earns his fourth-straight win while Violet loses for just the second time in his career.   Feb 19th – XCC 23 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Marcus Brimage (7-5) vs. Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra (17-4)  [CANCELLED]  Bout cancelled per Tapology.   Feb 19th – M-1 Challenge 64: Volkov vs. Smoldarev (Moscow, Russia) Alexander Volkov def. Denis Smoldarev via Submission (Choke) at 0:43, RD. 3 Former Bellator heavyweight champion Volkov snaps his two-fight losing streak. Smoldarev meanwhile has now gone 2-2 in his last four fights. Alexander Shlemenko def. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky via Majority Decision Former Bellator middleweight champ Shlemenko is now unbeaten in his last three bouts. While Vasilevsky has dropped two bouts in his last three outings.   Feb 20th – British Challenge MMA 14 (Moscow, Russia) Luke Barnatt def. Charles Andrade via TKO (Punches) at 0:11, RD. 3  Barnatt earns two straight wins for the first time since 2014 and has remained undefeated since his UFC release. Andrade meanwhile has now lost three in a row. John Maguire def. Aymard Guih via Unanimous Decision  UFC veteran Maguire earns back to back wins for the first time since 2012. With the loss, Guih is 1-3 in his last four fights.   Feb 26th – Fight Nights: Battle 21 (Moscow, Russia) Murad Machaev def. Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy via Unanimous decision.  Machaev has now won 10-straight fights and earned his second straight win by decision. The loss snapped Sarnavskys two-fight win streak.   Is there a notable MMA veteran competing this month that I missed? Hit me up on Twitter @LynchOnSports and I’ll add them in.

Written by James Lynch

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