Who’s Next… Unified MMA 33


Unified MMA 33 went down Friday night from The River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta (Check out the full play-by-play HERE). The card featured another stacked lineup including a Light-Heavyweight Title fight between Teddy Ash and Jacob Ortiz as well as a Lightweight Title Fight between Shane Campbell and Stephen Beaumont.

Keep in mind, in most cases the match-ups listed here are hypothetical and have not been announced or rumored to be taking place unless otherwise noted.

Let us know your thoughts on who should be up next for the big winners and the rest of the card and who you think would win our hypothetical match-ups.

205lbs- Teddy Ash (11-3) vs. Cory Hendricks (5-1)
Light-Heavyweight Title Fight
Teddy Ash added a second belt to his collection Friday night with a hard-fought Unanimous Decision victory over durable challenger Jacob Ortiz. In his previous bout Ash captured the Prestige FC title with a first round TKO over Cameron Olson. Ash has now won seven of his last 8 outings and will be looking for another big win for his resume. Unified will likely be looking for a high-ranking North American challenger with some name value for Ash’s first defense. One man who fits the bill would be TUF 23 Veteran Cory Hendricks who sports a 5-1 record as a pro. Hendricks holds a win over current roster fighter Khalil Rountree in the tournament but suffered a neck injury and was replaced by Rountree in the next round. Hendricks lost a close decision in the finale but is otherwise unbeaten as a pro and also sports a 4-2 record as an amateur. All of Hendricks’ wins as a pro, amateur and in the TUF house have come by stoppage.

155lbs- Shane Campbell (16-6) vs. Julian Erosa (21-5)
Lightweight Title Fight
Shane Campbell has been impressive since his UFC run came to an end finished each of his four opponents including three in a row by slick submissions. Campbell is in a tough position as it will likely take an extended win streak to carry him back to the UFC but he is well on his way. A win over a UFC veteran would go a long way in getting Campbell back on the UFC’s radar. Julian Erosa would provide a stiff test for Campbell and a decent name to add to his record. Erosa had a strong showing as a competitor on TUF 22 amassing a 3-1 record in the house before a 1-1 official run in the Octagon. Since being cut from the UFC “Juicy J” has put together a 6-2 record on the local circuit with five of those victories coming by stoppage.

170lbs Pat Pytlik (6-0) vs. Michael Hill (10-4-1)
Welterweight Title Fight
Pat Pytlik continued the undefeated start to his MMA career with yet another TKO victory, this time on short notice against a very experienced Derek Boyle. It was announced post fight that Pytlik will be the next contender for the vacant Unified Welterweight Title and he will obviously be facing an even tougher test and one of the most deserving candidates to stand across the cage and contend for the title with Pytlik would be Michael Hill. Hill is currently riding a three fight unbeaten streak including wins over Spencer Jebb and Cody Krahn as well as a Draw against once beaten Russian Maksim Butorin. Hill also went on a 2-1 run inside the TUF 16 house. A bout between Pytlik and Hill would surely provide fireworks and produce a deserving Champion for the organization.

155lbs- Neal Anderson (7-3) vs. Curtis Demarce (18-13)
Neal Anderson returned from an extended layoff in 2016 and has put together three solid victories including Brent Harvie, Justin Nanaquwetung and most recently a beautiful submission win over the always tough Behrang Yousefi. Anderson can cement his place as a contender in the Lightweight division with another solid win. Curtis Demarce is a pioneer of Canadian MMA and also the Unified Featherweight Champion however that has been his only Featherweight bout in recent memory and it seems like he’s most comfortable at Lightweight. Demarce would easily be Anderson’s toughest opponent and would be a great barometer to see where Anderson falls in the Lightweight pecking order.

170lbs- Garret Nybakken (12-9) vs. Jarid Bussemakers (7-3)
Garret Nybakken talked in his post fight interview about packing on some muscle and moving up to Welterweight. Nybakken pulled out a hard-fought, closely contested decision victory over Jeremy Henry this past weekend and rebounded from a pair of losses to highly ranked opponents in Craig Shintani and Tristan Connelly. A fun first fight at Welterweight would be Jarid Bussemakers who has won three straight bouts. Both men are strong personalities and extremely entertaining fighters and putting the two of them in the cage together would surely be a good time for all in attendance.

265lbs- Christian Larsen (3-1) vs. Craig Hudson (5-6)
Christian Larsen is a promising prospect at Heavyweight for Unified and in a way avenged a loss to Jared Kilkenny by defeating his coach and living legend Lee Mein. Larsen took Mein to the second round for the first time in almost 14 years and finished him by bloodying him with a barrage of elbows. In recent years the Heavyweight division in Canada has experienced a bit of a resurgence with some solid new prospects and a clear-cut top 3. Larsen has a ways to go to climb to the top with Boser, Dyczka and Joynson and the next step on that climb should be the man he was supposed to meet at the original Unified 33 date in Craig Hudson. “Wardog” finally got himself a fight last month and seized the opportunity by finishing Jared Kilkenny by first round TKO and does not want to have to endure another three-year layoff as that would likely spell retirement for the 44-year-old.

155lbs- Roger Alves (4-1) vs. Tristan Connelly (10-6)
It’s funny to say a 33-year-old who’s been fighting since 2003 is a bright prospect in the Lightweight division but here we are. Roger Alves is only 4-1 but his record does not reflect his skill level as he is one of the best wrestlers in Canada. Alves returned from a three-year layoff and turned in a dominant performance over the always game Corey Atkinson. Alves is looking for a serious step up in competition and has lofty aspirations for his MMA career. But we have to see if Alves can still hang with the top competition as he did back in the day when he beat Jesse Bongfeldt and dropped a contentious Split Decision to Kajan Johnson on enemy soil back in 03/04. Tristan Connelly is not one to shy away from a challenge and is in the midst of a 5-1 run that saw him capture the Unified and CageSport Lightweight titles. Connelly’s only loss over the last two years was to the red-hot Shane Campbell and all of his 10 career wins have been by stoppage.

On the Rebound:
155lbs- Stephen Beaumont (9-3) vs. Alex Martinez (4-0)
155lbs- Behrang Yousefi (8-7) vs. Justin Nanaquwetung (5-5)
155lbs- Jeremy Henry (5-7) vs. Nick Hrabec (5-4)


15 Responses to “ Who’s Next… Unified MMA 33 ”

  1. MMA Fan says:

    I personally think that if Hudson has had talks with TKO, then he should do whatever it takes to make that deal happen.
    in saying that I also think he wouldn’t fight for Sunny unless the money was worth it or it was a title shot.
    but i wouldn’t mind seeing Hudson fight Joynson either for the Unified HW title.
    but i definitley would like to Hudson fight in the TKO cage!!!

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  2. Island Boy says:

    Roger Alves only fights guys from tiny gyms in Sask and NWT after his fight against Swanson from WAMMA

    After that, Alves vowed he would never face a fighter with a winning record ever again

    Yeah guys, Roger would totally fight Tristan Connelly lol lol lol

    No way in hell Roger would even consider that fight

    Next up for Roger in the next year or two is another fight from a worthy opponent training out of the Regina YMCA with a 2-10 record

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  3. Nowyouknow says:

    Why would Hudson fight Joynson for title?!

    Isn’t Boser still champ unleas I’m missing something?

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  4. Cody Rempel says:

    Boser is exclusive to ACB, Joynson is exclusive to BFL, Dyczka is exclusive to TKO.

    Boser is still the Unified champion and I would assume if he left ACB he would resume his reign, there are not enough quality Heavyweights in Canada that aren’t under exclusive contracts to strip Boser of the title and have someone else fight for it!

    I’m a Wardog fan and there are still some fun fights out there for him but the fact of the matter is he’s a 44 year old fighter who’s below .500 and has one win in the last 2 and a half years! There is no situation in which he should be given a title shot!

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  5. MMA Fan says:

    I agree with you Cody Temple, my point was why would Hudson want to fight anywhere else but TKO.
    Unless it was for a title shot in a smaller promotion.
    Being 44 I would assume he would only want to fight the best guys seeing as he probably doesn’t have many left

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  6. Wardog says:

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  7. B.B. King says:

    Boser would beat the shit out of you, don’t be silly.

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  8. Cyberspace says:

    Meh your like 5-6… you don’t even have a winning record… win some more fights before you talk smack to others… no disrespect, goodluck!

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  9. gorilla says:

    I wouldn’t mind fightimg Larsen at the rumble in September

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  10. Cody Rempel says:

    Who are you gorilla?

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  11. Busa says:

    Island boy.
    Didn’t Alves beat the shit out of Swanson for three rounds?
    He’s also fought Kajan and Bongfeldt. I know him well from when he was at Hayabusa. I also know he was suppose to fight Larivier and got bailed on and had Doig as a last min replacement. Also I’m pretty sure he asked for Shintani in wsof and Shintani he never responded. Also didn’t he fight 170?

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  12. Cody Rempel says:

    Behrang Yousefi vs. Justin Nanaquawetung is set for Unified 34… That’s going to be a fun fight!

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  13. gorilla says:

    Josh Heinz

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  14. Cody Rempel says:

    That would be a good fight, but it looks like Larsen is going to be on the Unified card the night before RITC!

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  15. Cody Rempel says:

    Sounds like we’re going to get Neal Anderson vs. Curtis Demarce in a Lightweight bout at Unified 34 too! ;)

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