Unified MMA 7 Recap


After a 2 month absence, MMA returned to the Capital City with the first of three events in three consecutive weekends tonight as Unified MMA held their seventh event at The Mirage Banquet Hall.

Top MMA News choice for Knockout of the night went to Dan “Toture” Chambers who landed a pair of massive rights on Kurtis Higgins on the ground to put a halt to his 7 fight losing streak while simultaneously giving Higgins his first loss after opening his carreer with three straight wins.

Drew Weatherhead captures Submission of the night honors with his buzzer beating rear naked choke. Weatherhead applied the choke with just seconds left in the first round and just as it appeared that Bard would escape the first round he tapped out with only one second left on the clock.

Fight of the Night was a two horse race as promotor Tim Hague chose the bout between Scott Payne and Simon Shirt as his fight of the night while his parter Sunny Singh chose the 5 round battle between Champion Travis Briere and Chase Maxwell as his choice. Top MMA News couldn’t choose between the two so they’ll have to share the honor.

Travis Briere vs. Chase Maxwell
Unified MMA Welterweight Title Fight

Round 1: Maxwell immediately clinches and lands a knee before pressing Briere into the cage, Briere defends the takedown and lands shots on the separation. Maxwell secures a takedown but Briere springs right back to his feet. Briere locks on a guillotine attempt but Maxwell easily escapes. Maxwell throws up a triangle attempt but Briere is able to pull his head out and land a few shots from inside the guard. Briere leaves his leg out and Maxwell latches on and looks for a leg lock. Briere is able to pull his leg out and drops a big right landing in guard. Maxwell looks for another triangle attempt. Briere defends and lands more shots before Maxwell looks for an armbar. Briere lands hammerfists and big punches before the two bring the fight back to the feet. Maxwell presses Briere into the cage and eats a body shot while looking for a single leg. Maxwell is finally able to drag him down just as the round ends. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Briere

Maxwell is not looking forward to Briere's impending left. (photo by Jason Bouwmeester|pixelens.com)

Round 2: Maxwell locks up with Briere against the cage and lands knees. Briere looks for a guillotine but Maxwell is able to pull his head out. Maxwell lands a solid knee which briefly stuns Briere. He shakes it off and looks for a single leg but gets caught in a guillotine. Briere peppers the legs with knees before securing a takedown into full guard. Maxwell again looks to lock up a triangle only to have Briere slam his way out. Maxwell ends up in side control and passes to full mount. Briere sweeps to full guard and lands a pair of lefts. Briere gets back to his feet and lands knees before pressing Maxwell into the cage to close a very close round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Maxwell


Round 3: Briere misses a front kick and lands on his back, Maxwell follows him down and takes his back, looking to secure a rear naked choke. Briere spins into the guard and tenderizes the body with shots. Briere lands short elbows and more big lefts. Briere continues landing lefts and rights consistently from the guard. Maxwell gives up his back but gets to his feet. Briere jumps on and rides out the last ten seconds. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Briere

Round 4: Maxwell throws a high kick that Briere catches and uses it to dump Maxwell to the mat landing in full guard. Briere briefly moves to north/south position before settling back into the guard. Maxwell again unsuccessfully attempts a triangle which is easily defended by Briere who then lands a pair of lefts before the two get back to their feet. Brier lands a solid knee before Maxwell locks on a guillotine and pulls guard. Briere escapes and hammers the body and chips away with more lefts. Briere turns up the power and lands a few crushing lefts which forces Maxwell to attempt to get back to his feet but Briere is able to hold him down for the final ten seconds of the round. Top MMA News Scores the round 10-9 for Briere

Round 5: Maxwell lands a big right which prompts Briere to take him down, landing back in full guard. Briere knocks Maxwell’s mouth guard out with a right. Briere lands punches and hammerfists. Referee Vern Gorman pauses during a lull in the action to replace the mouthguard and the fight continues with Briere still in full guard. Briere lands a pair of body shots and some big rights. Briere takes the back briefly before Maxwell replaces his half guard and finally back to full guard. Briere continues to land several chipping shots until the bell sounds to signal the end of the fight. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Briere
Travis Briere defeats Chase Maxwell via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 49-46)

Kurtis Higgins vs. Dan Chambers
Chambers lands a leg kick and Higgins responds with one of his own. Chambers looks for a takedown and eats a pair of uppercuts. Higgins drops him with a combo and ends up in the full guard. The two get back to their feet and trade kicks. Chambers looks for a single leg but gets caught in a guillotine. Chambers pulls his head free and lands a pair of colossal rights that knock Higgins out cold putting a stop to his 3 fight win streak and giving Chambers his first win in over two years.
Dan Chambers defeats Kurtis Higgins via KO (Punches) at 1:57 of Round 1

Tim Smith vs. Robert Curtis
Both fighters trade wild shots to open the bout. Curtis shoots in for a takedown but gets trapped in a guillotine attempt. Curtis looks to free himself from the vice like grip of Smith but is ultimately forced to tap out.
Tim Smith defeats Robert Curtis via Submission (Guillotine) at 0:32 of Round 1

Sheila Bird vs. Tanya Byrne
Bird, the BJJ black belt rushes at Byrne with a big combo to open the fight. Bird secures double underhooks and uses them to muscle Byrne to the mat landing in half guard. Bird lands hammerfists to the thigh before moving to the head with short elbows and mixing in some body shots. Bird postures up and rains down heavy shots with Byrne attempting to buck her off. Bird stays heavy and begins dropping bombs on Byrne that eventually force the referee to step in and rescue Byrne from any further punishment.
Sheila Bird defeats Tanya Byrne via TKO (Punches) at 3:51 of Round 1

Scott Payne vs. Simon Shirt
Round 1: Shirt rushes in and the two trade wild looping shots. They tie up briefly against the cage and separate, throwing heavy shots. Payne lands a leg kick and ties up again. Shirt’s nose is bloodied and Payne executes a trip, landing in side control. Shirt works back to his feet and lands body shots. Payne secures a single leg and lands in side control. Payne lands short elbows before Shirt is able to replace half guard. Payne passes to full mount and lands shots. They return to their feet as the round comes to a close. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Payne

Round 2: Payne lands a nice body kick, right punch combo before securing a trip takedown to half guard. Shirt looks for a guillotine but Payne escapes and passes to side control, landing elbows to the body. Payne moves to full mount and postures up with big shots. Shirt gives up his back and Payne lands a few shots before Shirt looks to stand. Payne lands a knee to Shirt before his knees were off the mat followed by a big combo before he muscles him to the ground and finishes him off with hammerfists.
Scott Payne defeats Simon Shirt via TKO (Punches) at 3:01 of Round 2

John Grant vs. Jared McComb
Round 1: McComb lands leg kicks but falls short with a head kick. McComb lands a body kick followed by another leg kick. Grant ties up and presses McComb into the cage. Grant looks for a single leg but it’s defended by McComb. Grant secures the trip takedown but McComb manages to end up in full mount. Grant gets back to his feet and McComb lands a body kick followed by a combo. Grant ties up with McComb against the cage and muscles him down into side control before McComb regains his guard. McComb launches Grant off with his feet and stands back up. McComb lands more leg kicks and Grant looks for another single leg but McComb defends it for the final ten seconds of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for McComb

Round 2: McComb opens the second with more leg kicks which prompts Grant to look for a takedown against the cage. Grant is finally able to drag him down with the single leg and ends up in the full guard. Grant postures up and lands a few shots. McComb stays busy and lands punches from the bottom until the referee stands them back up. A huge right connects from McComb but Grant is able to press him into the cage and escape the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for McComb

Round 3: The two trade shots with neither landing anything with much effectiveness. McComb goes back to the leg kicks followed by a few shots. Grant again presses him into the cage looking to secure a takedown but cannot drag him to the mat. McComb lands big hammerfists before a period of inactivity prompts the referee to restart the two in the center of the cage. McComb continues to club away with leg kicks followed by a high kick and a big right that lands. McComb lands an overhand right and a continues picking Grant apart with kicks. A gassed Grant clinches and lands a few weak knees just before the end of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for McComb
Jared McComb defeats John Grant via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Devon Jones vs. Brent Keryluke
Round 1: Keryluke comes forward with a combo and Jones looks for the takedown. Jones scoops him up and slams him to the ground landing in side control. The get back to their feet and Keryluke eats a knee on the way up. Keryluke throws looping punches that don’t find their mark but follows up with a combo that connects. Jones lands a body kick and the two trade punches. Jones looks to secure a takedown against the cage. Keryluke misses a high kick but lands a right followed by a combo. A pair of rights briefly stun Jones but he recovers and ties up against the cage. Keryluke ends up in the rubber guard of Jones but Keryluke is able to escape to his feet. Keryluke jumps on his back and works for a rear naked choke for the final ten seconds of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 2: The two trade jabs and wild combos before Jones lands a big right and a leg kick. Keryluke secures a takedown against the cage and lands in the full guard. Jones looks to work an armbar but Keryluke is able to defend and pass to half guard. Keryluke moves to side control and lands shots before Jones escapes and looks to take the back, sinking in a rear naked choke in the final ten seconds of very close round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-10

Round 3: Jones connects with a left and Keryluke pushes forward and lands on top before transitioning to side control. Keryluke takes the back and looks for the rear naked choke but is unable to cinch it in. Keryluke mounts but gets swept by Jones who ends up in half guard. Jones postures up and lands shots. Keryluke looks to get back to his feet but Jones climbs on his back and tries to sink a rear naked choke just as the round comes to a close. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 for Jones
Devon Jones defeats Brent Keryluke via Majority Decision (29-28, 29-29, 29-28)

Adam Blackwell vs. Henry Rowsell
Blackwell lands a leg kick and ties up with Rowsell against the cage. Blackwell lands a few knees. The two are still tied up and jockey for position before ending up on the other end of the cage. Blackwell lands more knees and secures a double leg landing in side control. Rowsell escapes and Blackwell in half guard landing shots. Blackwell postures up and lands more big blows before taking his back. Rowsell spins out but is now mounted. Blackwell lands big elbows which forces Rowsell to give his back again. Blackwell seizes the opportunity pounds away until the referee is forced to step in and call a halt to the fight.
Adam Blackwell defeats Henry Rowsell via TKO (Punches) at 4:14 of Round 1

Andrew Bard vs. Drew Weatherhead
Bard opens with a leg kick followed by a double leg takedown. Bard picks up Weatherhead and slams him right back down. The two get back to their feet and trade knees. Weatherhead gets the takedown and ends up in half guard before taking his back and looking for a rear naked choke. Bard spins into the guard and Weatherhead secures a deep triangle. Bard finally escapes after about a minute and a half trapped in the triangle attempt. Both men get back to their feet and Weatherhead lands a combo. Bard responds with a takedown and lands in full guard. Weatherhead locks on an armbar and cranks it at an inhuman angle. Incredibly Bard survives only to be mounted and takes a big shot. Weatherhead takes his back and sinks the rear naked choke. It appears as though Bard will survive as the ten second warning sounds, however Weatherhead secures the submission victory with only one second remaining in the first round.
Drew Weatherhead defeats Andrew Bard via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:59 of Round 1

2 Responses to “ Unified MMA 7 Recap ”

  1. cody krahn says:

    This town needs to do something about the reffing here badly. I don’t think Scott Payne intentionally kneed Simon Shirt while he was on his knees but he should’ve been given time to recover. I’ve lost count on how many times illegal shots either go unnoticed or the ref just doesn’t do anything about it in local fights.

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  2. Jason says:

    Yeah, was shocked the knee got off without a stoppage and a warning… Definitely rocked Shirt good!

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