Unified MMA 4 Recap
Top MMA News was on hand as Unified MMA held their 4th event at Mirage Banquet Hall in Edmonton. The venue was packed and the crowd was extremely lively. With nine fighters making their pro debut, the crowd was introduced to several new faces including a few to keep an eye on. It was also announced that Travis Briere who was forced to pull out scheduled to fight for the Welterweight Title tonight will return to fight for the belt on September 17 at Unified MMA 5.
Top MMA News choice for Fight of the Night went to Gary Espinar’s victory over Josh Ladouceur. The two went toe to toe between stints on the ground in a crowd pleasing fight that ended when Espinar secured a guillotine choke inducing the fight ending submission shortly before the end of the 2nd round.
Top MMA Newss choice for Knockout of the Night went to the debuting hometown favorite Kurtis Higgins with his 0:29 decimation of Patrick Gladue. Top MMA News choice for Submission of the Night went to another debut fighter. Blake Dickens pulled off an upset over the more experianced Tyson Russell with a slick arm bar in just 0:27. Higgins and Dickens are just two of the Debut fighters to keep an eye on for Unified MMA.
John Grant vs Eric Chouinard
Grant opens with a single leg attempted but gets trapped in a guillotine attempt by Chouinard. Grant pulls his head out and bullies Chouinard to the mat. Grant moves to full mount, postures up and rains down ground and pound. Grant moves to side control and applies a Kimura. Chouinard fights off the submission attempt briefly however Grant is persistent and induces the tap out. Top MMA News learned after the fight that Chouinard suffered a dislocated elbow as a result of the Kimura.
John Grant defeats Eric Chouinard via Submission (Kimura) at 1:59 of Round 1
Eric Andre vs Todd Molineaux
Molineaux opens with a leg kick and Andre counters with a big right that drops Molineaux to the ground. Andre jumps into side control and sinks in a D’arce choke attempt. Molineaux escapes the submission and gets back to his feet. Andre scoops up a double leg and slams Molineaux back down landing in half guard. Molineaux again fights to get back to his feet only to be taken back down with a single leg slam. Andre again in side control lands elbows to side the head. Andre lets Molineaux to his feet and Molineaux lands a grazing head kick and slips. Andre jumps on top landing in half guard and advancing to side control just before the bell. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Andre.
Both fighters trade heavy shots to open the second round. Andre lands a leg kick followed by a big flurry before shooting in and catching a big right hand from Molineaux. Molineaux backs away and lands a combo before Andre secures a takedown and lands in half guard before passing to side control and finally to full mount. Andre looks for a arm trianle which is defended by Molineaux. Andre transitions to north/south position and lands short elbows and hammerfists. Andre moves back to side control as the round comes to a close. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Andre
Molineaux opens with a leg kick and Andre responds with a double leg takedown against the cage. Andre lands short elbows and moves to side control. Andre continues to pulverize the head and midsection with huge elbows. Andre looks to move to mount however Molineaux uses the attempt to replace his half guard position. Andre moves back to side control and hangs out there until the time expires sending the fight to the judges scorecards. Top MMA News learned after the fight that Eric Andre broke his hand on the very fist exchange in the first round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Andre
Eric Andre defeats Todd Molineaux via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Bobby Kalmakoff vs Cody Cullinan
Kalmakoff rushes in with heavy shots, backing Cullinan into the cage. Cullinan shoots for a single leg and Kalmakoff defends the takedown against the cage. Kalmakoff muscles Cullinan to the mat and jumps on top unloading heavy shots. Many of the shots are landing to the back of the head. Referee Gerard Forde steps in and takes a point away from Kalmakoff. The two restart and Kalmakoff lands a body kick that drops Cullinan against the cage. Kalmakoff jumps on top and fires away big shots until the referee steps in and calls a halt to the contest.
Bobby Kalmakoff defeats Cody Cullinan via TKO at 2:02 of Round 1
Damian Krushelniski vs Tim Brown
Krushelniski refuses the touch of the gloves and gets right down to business coming out swinging from the opening bell. Brown weathers the initial storm and takes Krushelniski down landing in half guard. Krushelniski sweeps Brown and lands big shots from half guard. Brown gets a sweep of his own a lands in side control before moving to mount. Krushelniski gives up his back and spins, getting Brown into his guard. Brown sweeps again, getting full mount. Brown postures up and lands some ground and pound. Krushelniski scrambles to guard and gets back to his feet. Krushelniski lands a combo but Brown secures a takedown and lands in guard and pounds away against the cage until the end of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Brown
Krushelniski throws a looping right which is ducked under by Brown. Krushelniski catches a body kick from Brown and looks for a heel hook attempt. Brown has a look of anguish on his face and locks up a heel hook attempt of his own. Both fighters knees and ankles are torqued at unnatural angles but Brown’s attempt proves to be slightly deeper and forces Krushelniski to tap out. Top MMA News learned after the fight that Krushelniski suffered a dislocated knee in the submission attempt.
Tim Brown defeats Damian Krushelniski via Submission (Heel Hook) at 1:02 of Round 2
Chase Maxwell vs Anthony Middlekoop
Both fighters exchange shots to open the round and a Maxwell kick appears to have landed in the groin of Middlekoop. Middlekoop turns and retreats to recover however referee Vern Gorman did not see the low kick land and does not step in. Maxwell rushes in and secures a guillotine choke and uses it to take Middlekoop down to north/south position. Middlekoop sweeps and lands in half guard before moving to side control. Maxwell executes a sweep of his own landing in side control. Middlekoop again sweeps however gets caught in a triangle attempt. Maxweel turns the triangle attempt into an armbar and locks it up forcing Middlekoop to tap out extending his record to a perfect 4-0.
Chase Maxwell defeats Anthony Middlekoop via Submission (Armbar) at 2:50 of Round 1
Tyson Russell vs Blake Dickens
Russell comes forward with a combo of punches. Dickens clinches and Russell scoops him up and slams him to the mat. Dickens latches onto an arm in the process sinks in the armbar and induces the fight ending submission.
Blake Dickens defeats Tyson Russell via Submission (Armbar) at 0:27 of Round 1
Kurtis Higgins vs Patrick Gladue
The two exchange leg kicks before Higgins lands several huge lefts and rights that send Galdue reeling against the cage. Higgins follows him in with a huge body shot. Higgins doesn’t give him a chance to recover and continues to pummell Gladue against the cage until referee Tom Collins steps in the rescue him from any further punishment. A huge ovation from the crowd for the explosive debut from Higgins.
Kurtis Higgins defeats Patrick Gladue via TKO at 0:29 of Round 1
Gary Espinar vs Josh Ladouceur
Ladouceur opens with a big leg kick and a missed superman punch that misses it’s mark. Espinar connects with a big right and a left. Ladouceur lands another leg kick and both fighters swing for the fences in the center of the cage and a big right drops Espinar. Ladouceur follows him down and lands in half guard. Espinar moves to full mount and Ladouceur holds on to avoid the ground and pound attack. Espinar breaks the grasp of Ladouceur, postures up and begins hammering away until Ladouceur sweeps and lands in guard. Espinar reverses and lands in mount and works the body until the end of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Espinar
Ladouceur misses a spinning back fist and Espinar lands a few body kicks. Ladouceur lands a leg kick and Espinar responds with a combo and a big right hands connects. The two circle one another respecting each others striking. Ladouceur goes back to the leg kicks and Espinar again comes back with a flurry of punches. Ladouceur clinches and throws a few knees. Espinar secures a takedown and lands in half guard. Espinar works the body with hammerfists. Ladouceur’s face is bloodies from an earlier exchange. Ladouceur sweeps Espinar and lands in his guard. Espinar wraps up a guillotine attempt and Ladouceur quickly taps out. The crowd let’s out a huge roar and were on their feet for the entire fight.
Gary Espinar defeats Josh Ladouceur via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:30 of Round 2
Cody Krahn vs Jonathan Cardinal
Krahn comes out with a clubbing leg kick and Cardinal rushes in for a takedown. Krahn drops down to defend and gets caught in a guillotine attempt. Krahn slams Cardinal in an attempt to free himself from the submission attempt. Krahn attempts another slam and pulls his head out. Krahn lands more leg kicks and Cardinal lands a big right that drops Krahn to the canvas. Cardinal takes Krahn’s back but Krahn spins out and gets Cardinal in his guard. Cardinal lands an elbow and Krahn looks for a head and arm choke. Cardinal escapes only to have Krahn sink in an arm bar attempt. As Krahn wrenches on the arm, Cardinal screams in pain and referee Gerard Forde steps in and calls a halt to the fight. A valliant effort was put forth by the underdog Cardinal however his efforts fell short as Krahn secured his 5th straight victory.
Cody Krahn defeats Jonathan Cardinal via Submission (Armbar) at 2:47 of Round 1