It’s nearly time for Unified MMA 40, the promotion’s first event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonight, fans will come together at the River Cree Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to watch a series of exciting matchups involving prospects.
The event will be hosted live on UFC Fight Pass at 10:00 P.M. ET / 7:00 P.M. PT for viewers around the world.
Ahead of all the action, here are some of my thoughts on five of the most important matchups that will feature at Unified MMA 40.
Graham Park (7-2) vs Neil Berry (9-9)
Light Heavyweight Title Bout
After winning the Light Heavyweight Championship at Unified MMA 38, Park is looking to defend his title for the first time. Historically, he likes to blitz his opponent and find openings early in the fight. Park is a dominant fighter, with all seven of his professional wins being awarded in the first round. Neil “The Real Deal” Berry has had a more tumultuous and inconsistent pro career, but has proven himself to be capable of achieving spectacular wins with both his striking and submissions. Against Park, he will look to show off newly acquired adaptations after an extended break from the sport.
Neal Anderson (10-3) vs. Maged Hammo (9-5)
Featherweight Title Bout
Anderson has fought exclusively for Unified MMA since 2012, and is now receiving his first shot at the title. He is on a six fight win streak in the lightweight division, but is making the cut down to featherweight for a chance to become the champion. His opponent, Maged Hammo, is stepping up to replace contender Lucas Neufield, who withdrew from the bout due to an injury. Training out of Canadian Martial Arts Centre, Hammo is a well-rounded fighter who is looking to spoil Anderson’s chances of taking Unified gold.
KB Bhullar (8-2) vs. Anton Tokarchuk (4-4-1)
Bhullar is returning to Unified MMA after suffering two straight losses in the UFC. Coming back to the regional scene, Bhullar will undoubtedly seek to put his newfound experience to good use when he faces off against Anton Tokarchuk. Tokarchuk is a striking technician, with all four of his professional wins coming by first round knockout. A win against Bhullar will solidify his position as a serious contender at light heavyweight.
Nick Hrabec (7-5) vs. Kolton Menzak (7-5)
Another contender who likes to end fights quickly will fight in a 165-pound bout. Menzak has finished all of his seven victories via first round stoppage. He will look to overpower Hrabec, and add to his impressive string of knockouts. Nick ‘The Savage’ Hrabec claimed his last two victories via rear naked choke, and his formidable ground game may well prove useful in nullifying some of Menzak’s power.
Andrew Mavridis (1-0) vs. Tyler VanKill (1-0)
Mavridis is undefeated in both amateur and pro MMA. He has accumulated a lot of time inside the cage, racking up an extraordinary seven consecutive decision wins at an amateur level. Since turning pro, Mavridis was awarded his first knockout, ending the contest with punches in the very first round. His opponent, Vankill, is similarly undefeated at both pro and amateur levels. He has won each and every one of his five MMA bouts via submission. Will Mavridis new-found knockout power be enough to thwart Vankill’s technical ground game?