Marcelo Barreira vs Dakota Cochrane headlines Road to M-1 USA 2
M-1 Global returns to the United States with inaugural event on UFC Fight Pass / Pic: via Facebook

Road to M-1: USA 2 on UFC Fight Pass

Russia-based promotion M-1 Global returns to the United States on April 5 (AEDT). MMA event takes place at Pipa Event Center in Winterhaven, California presenting the inaugural show on UFC Fight Pass. Top of the bill features a middleweight battle between Brazilian Marcelo Barreira (17-4) and the representative of the country-host Dakota Cochrane (31-12).

“The 34-year-old Barreira, who fights out of Argentina, is a jiu-jitsu specialist with 12 of his career wins coming by way of submission. Cochrane, 32, has fought in numerous organizations, including Bellator, and last November he knocked out former UFC welterweight champion Jonny Hendricks in the second round of their bare-knuckles fight,” reads the announcement sent out on Thursday.

In the co-main event Travis Wiuff (75-22) takes on Josue Lugo, Jr. (8-3) at heavyweight.

“Wiuff, of Minnesota, has been a pro MMA fighter since 2001 having fought in the UFC, PRIDE and Bellator, among the more notables. Salinas, California’s upset-minded Lugo is stepping up in class to fight Wiuff and he’ll need to live-up to his nickname to defeat his much more experienced opponent.”

Also on the card Travis Fulton (254-54) brings to the table over 300 bouts when he takes on fellow-veteran Shannon Ritch (57-84) in a “Heavyweight Super-Fight”. He holds “the all-time record for most sanctioned MMA fights”, as well as being pro-boxer. Since 1996 Fulton competed in the UFC, WEC and Puncrase.

Three additional amateur matchups are expected to be added to the card. The current lineup for “Road to M-1: USA 2” can be found below.

Middleweight Marcelo Barreira vs. Dakota Cochrane
Heavyweight Travis Wiuff vs. Josue Lugo, Jr
Heavyweight Travis Fulton vs. Shannon Ritch
Lightweight Jamall Emmers vs. TBA
Women’s Strawweight Caline Haga vs. Jennifer Clausius
Light Heavyweight Deon Clash vs. Jose Galaviz
Bantamweight Ronee Dizon vs. Joe Gustina
Bantamweight Enso Perez vs. Nick Alwag