For the first time since 2019 due to COVID-19, Canadian MMA promotion Unified MMA will be hosting a live event.
Featuring a full roster of combatants going head to head at the River Cree Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the event will be available to watch live for all UFC Fight Pass subscribers.
Although Unified MMA has been a staple of Canadian Mixed Martial Arts for over a decade, this event will include the first-ever women’s MMA fight to feature on one of the promotion’s main cards.
Former teammates Maria ‘Sweet Maria’ Djukic (1-0) and Jackie MacLean (1-0) will go head to head in the cage, fighting to define their trajectory in the bantamweight division.
Both Djukic and MacLean have only fought once since turning pro, and each of them earned a victory in their first contest. While ‘Sweet Maria’ won via unanimous decision, MacLean was able to submit her opponent with a rear-naked choke in the first round.
At Unified MMA 40, both fighters will seek to advance their records to 2-0.
Because both of these batamweights have begun their professional careers so recently, their amateur records provide a slightly more vivid picture of their skillsets. Both Djukic and MacLean fought twice before turning pro.
Coincidentally, both took their first fight against Albertan fighter Amanda Rogers (0-2-1). For Djukic, this contest ended in a hard-fought draw, but MacLean found success when she faced Rogers one year later and was awarded a unanimous decision win.
For her second amateur fight, Djukic managed to pull off an impressive 45-second TKO. With freshly sharpened skills after her three-round war with Rogers, ‘Sweet Maria’ was able to blitz her opponent in a dominant fashion.
Contrastingly, all of MacLean’s amateur fights have gone the distance. She lost her second bout via decision, but promptly went on to avenge the defeat after turning pro. Her tenacity evident in those fights will undoubtedly prove to be an asset throughout her MMA career.
The two will compete in what is the first-ever women’s fight to take place on a Unified MMA main card, the promotion’s first in its 40-event history.