Fight fans will gather at Edmonton’s River Cree Casino for Unified MMA 42- an event featuring some incredible matchups, compelling storylines, and two title fights. The event will also be aired live on UFC Fight Pass at 10:00 P.M. ET / 7:00 P.M. PT.
Here are some of my thoughts on five of the most important fights that will feature on the main card.
Graham Park (8-2) vs. Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz (8-1)
Super-Middleweight Championship (195 lbs.)
The last time Graham Park stepped into the cage, he successfully defended his light heavyweight title in under two minutes. Now, he makes the 10lb cut to super middleweight in an attempt to claim the vacant title.
Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz, who was on a indomitable eight-fight win streak prior to his last fight, stands in his way. In November 2021, ‘The Iron Pol’ lost via unanimous decision on Dana White’s Contender Series.
Will he make a triumphant return to fighting after more than a year away, or will Park’s ferocious power translate effectively to super middleweight?
Shane Campbell (18-8) vs. Hubert Geven (13-3)
Lightweight Championship (155 lbs.)
At Unified MMA 41, Campbell’s opponent withdrew from the card at the last minute. Instead, Campbell claimed the vacant super lightweight belt against a resilient and defiant Matt Krayco.
He has now won all 10 of his fights in the Unified Cage, and is seizing the opportunity to claim the lightweight title against Hubert Geven, an experienced fighter who sports six submission wins to his name.
Geven hasn’t fought since 2018, but had previously been making a name for himself on the European circuit. This will be his Canadian MMA debut.
Cole Campbell (3-3) vs. Chris Chapman (4-2)
Super Welterweight (175 lbs.)
Cole Campbell was left without an opponent at Unified 41 when Krayco stepped in as a last minute replacement to fight for the belt.
At 3-3, ‘Rambo’ will be looking to make a big statement in this fight, and will undoubtedly try to utilise his commanding ground-game. All three of Campbell’s victories have come by way of submission.
It may prove challenging to deploy this game plan against Chapman, however, as he just defeated a skilled wrestler in Ali Charkie at the last Unified event.
Charkie was unable to hold Chapman down, and ultimately exhausted himself in the third round.
Jett Grande (1-0-1) vs. Andrew Mavridis (1-1)
Lightweight Bout (155 lbs.)
After his spectacular TKO victory over Cornelius Krahn, Grande will be looking to carry his momentum through to Unified 42. After racking up an incredible 15 wins at an amateur level, Grande is undefeated in professional MMA.
He will undoubtedly try and secure a finish- cementing himself as a contender in the lightweight division.
Prior to his fight with Tyler ‘Squidvicious’ Vankill, Mavridis was undefeated in both amateur and pro MMA. At Unified 41, he was submitted in the very first round.
Will this fight with Grande present an opportunity for Mavridis to reinsert himself into the win column?
Tyrell Giselbrecht (1-0) vs. Ramil Kamilov (0-0)
Lightweight Bout (155 lbs.)
Giselbrecht won his pro MMA debut in a vicious fashion, raining down punches on his opponent for a TKO victory in the very first round. Intent on domination, all of Tyrell’s wins at amateur were obtained via stoppage. He was able to continue that trend in his first pro fight, and will undoubtedly look to do the same at Unified 42.
Ramil Kamilov produced a mixed set of results in his amateur career, going 6-4 before turning pro. Against Giselbrecht, he will look to begin a new chapter as an undefeated professional fighter. He evidently has knockout power, having finished half of his amateur fights on the feet.
Will this be enough to earn him the victory in his pro debut?