Unified MMA 5 Recap
Top MMA News was cageside as Unified MMA held their 5th event tonight at the Mirage Banquet Hall in Edmonton, Alberta. A sold out crowd of approximately 1000 fans packed the venue and were treated to a great night of fights.
Top MMA News Fight of the Night went to a back and forth war between Alberta’s own Travis Briere and Ricky Goodall representing the Maritimes. The two contenders battled it out for five hard fought rounds to decide the winner of the vacant Unified Welterweight Title. In the end it would be Travis Briere taking a close unanimous decision win in bout that will go down as one of the best in Unified MMA’s history.
Top MMA News award for Knockout of the Night goes to Kurtis “The Hammer” Higgins who nailed Greg Large with a massive right straight punch that sent him crashing against the cage in just 22 seconds. Top MMA News award for Submission of the Night went to debut fighter Denny Houle who trapped Mark Drummond in a guillotine choke and did not let go until he crumpled to the mat leaving him unconscious and defeated.
Ricky Goodall vs Travis Briere
Briere comes out with a jumping front kick that misses it’s mark followed by a right shot. Briere gets a takedown landing in guard and lands a few punches before passing to side control. Goodall looks to get back to his feet and eats a knee in the process. Briere lands a flurry of punches as two get back to their feet. Goodall lands a combo and Briere attempts a takedown but gets caught in a guillotine. Briere escapes and gets into the guard of Goodall. Briere chips away with punches from guard until Goodall slaps on an armbar and Briere tries to slam his way out but is unsuccessful. Briere manages to fend off the armbar until the bell sounds to end the round. Top MMA News scores the Round 10-9 for Briere
Briere throws a head kick that is blocked however he lands a leg kick and a big knee. Goodall secures a takedown into half guard and moves to the back. Goodall looks for a rear naked choke but releases and lands a few shots. Goodall passes to full mount and then to the back but Briere spins to guard. Briere lands short elbows and more punches. Briere gets back to his feet and drops a huge right and takes the back, sinking in a rear naked choke. Briere continues to work the choke until time expires. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Briere
The third round gets off to a slow start as both fighters try to catch their breath. Goodall lands a pair of legs kicks and Briere responds with a few of his own. The two trade more leg kicks before Briere looks for a takedown attempt against the cage. Goodall turns the tables and executes a trip takedown landing in full mount. Briere gives up his back and and Goodall lands a few big punches and short elbows. Goodall looks for an armbar attempt buts it’s nicely defended as Briere uses his feet to pry the grip off. Goodall moves to side control then to north/south and then finally to the back where he secures a rear naked choke and Briere defends until the end of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Goodall
Briere comes out looking a little fresher than in the previous round. Briere throws some weak jabs and Goodall responds with a few of his own. Briere lands a big right and looks for a single leg attempt against the cage. Briere lands in half guard and takes a rest on top before landing several thunderous knees to the body. Briere lands short elbows followed by more knees. Briere passes to mount and lands shots until Goodall gives up his back and Briere sinks in a rear naked choke that is defended until time expires in the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Briere
The two exchange shots before Briere looks for a single leg against the cage. Goodall rolls through the attempt and winds up in full mount. Briere gives up his back but quickly spins out. Goodall passes to side control and lands short elbows before passing to mount. Goodall lands two big lefts before taking the back. Briere escapes out the back and lands a few shots until the end of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Goodall
Travis Briere defeats Ricky Goodall via Unanimous Decision (48-47 x3)
Chase Maxwell vs John Grant
Maxwell lands a pair of leg kicks followed by a guillotine attempt against the cage. Grant secures a single leg to side control. Grant is unable mount an offence before Maxwell attempts an armbar which is defended by Grant and the two return to a standing position. Maxwell lands a leg kick and a combo followed by a knee in the clinch. Grant looks for a single leg but gets caught in a guillotine attempt. Grant secures a single leg landing in guard. Maxwell looks for a triangle and works it until the end of the round.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Maxwell
Maxwell lands a big combo and Grant responds with a single leg attempt. Grant lets go of the takedown attempt and lets fly with a combo followed by a trio of kicks to the leg and body. Grant again attempts a single leg but it’s stuffed and Maxwell muscles him to side control. Maxwell locks up a D’arce choke but is unable to force the tap out as Grant escapes. Maxwell lands big elbows and transitions to full mount and rains down shots. Grant gives up his back and Maxwell siezes the opportunity and sinks in the fight ending rear naked choke moving him to 5-0 and putting him in the Middleweight title picture.
Chase Maxwell defeats John Grant via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round 1, 3:00
Kurtis Higgins vs Greg Large
Higgins lands a big body shot followed by a huge right that sends Large reeling. Kurtis rushes forward and drops Large with a knee. Large scramble and gets back to his feet only to be met with a colossal straight right that knocks Large out against the cage leaving him incapacitated on the mat.
Kurtis Higgins defeats Greg Large via KO (Punch) in Round 1, 0:22
Bruce MacDonald vs Robert Curtis
After a brief scramble Curtis jumps into a guillotine attempt and the two tumble to the mat with MacDonald still trapped in the guillotine. MacDonald escapes into Curtis’ guard and gets caught in a triangle attempt. MacDonald throws shots in an attempt to free himself from the submission attempt. MacDonald succeeds and gets to half guard. Curtis rolls him and takes full mount before landing shots. MacDonald gives up his back and Curtis fires away, opening up a cut over the left eye. After being warned for a hit to the back of the head Curtis lands a few more shot before referee Vern Gorman has seen enough.
Robert Curtis defeats Bruce MacDonald via TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 2:53
Mark Drummond vs Denny Houle
Drummond lands a shot and Houle responds with a big wild flurry. Drummond secures a take down landing in side control. Houle gets back to his feet and Drummond gets a big takedown against the cage but Houle gets right back to his feet. Houle locks in a guillotine but Drummond escapes. Houle lands a right that knocks out the mouthguard. The referee stops to replace the mouthguard. Drummond lands a double leg but Houle again gets right back to his feet. Houle secures another guillotine choke. Drummond gives a thumbs up to referee John Braak to indicate that he’s okay but just seconds later goes limp, forcing Braak to step in and call a halt to the fight.
Denny Houle defeats Mark Drummond via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round 1, 2:05
Ryan Knysh vs Gary Espinar
An errant kick from Knysh lands on the cup of Espinar. The referee gives Espinar a few minutes to recover and restarts the fighters in the center of the cage. Knysh lands a leg kick and misses with a high kick. Espinar feels him out with pawing jabs. Knysh lands a leg kick and Espinar responds with a push kick that misses. Espinar throws a body kick that’s blocked by Knysh. Espinar lands a solid combo that drops Knysh to the mat. Espinar falls into the guard of Knysh and picks him up and slams him. Knysh looks for an armbar attempt but again Espinar slams his way out. Knysh again locks up and armbar. The submission attempt is briefly defended but Espinar eventually succumbs to the armbar attempt giving Knysh the win.
Ryan Knysh defeats Gary Espinar via Submission (Armbar) in Round 1, 3:40
Connor Derry vs Merrick Duggan
Duggan enters to one of the loudest ovations I’ve ever heard. Duggan opens with a combo and capitalizes, winding up in the half guard of Derry. Duggan lands a few shots before transitioning to full mount. Duggan lands more shots with short elbows mixed in. Duggan continues to land steady shots as the round continues. Duggan looks for an arm triangle but releases. Duggan returns to the ground and pound game plan with the partisan crowd chanting his name. Derry attempts to buck him off but is unsuccessful. Duggan postures up and lands more shots and another big flurry. Duggan again looks for an arm triangle attempt but lets go and lands more ground and pound until referee Vern Gorman steps in and calls a stop to the fight.
Merrick Duggan defeats Connor Derry via TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 4:29
Anthony Middlekoop vs Brandon Hammond
Hammond pushes forward and ties up with Middlekoop before muscling him to the ground landing in full mount. Hammond rains down shots forcing Middlekoop to give up his back. Hammond continues pounding away with huge shots until referee John Braak steps in to rescue Middlekoop from any further punishment.
Brandon Hammond defeats Anthony Middlekoop via TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 0:30
Parwez Ghulam vs Roy Park
Park comes out aggressive with a big right followed by a takedown landing in side control. Park passes to full mount and Ghulam gives up his back. Park sinks in a rear naked choke and induces the tap out.
Roy Park defeats Parwez Ghulam via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round 1, 0:48