There’s no questioning the hometown fans went home happy after Unified MMA 34.
After all was said and done, two local favourites were crowned Unified MMA champions, while multiple others were victorious in their respective bouts at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Enoch, Alta. Friday night.
In the main event, Teddy Ash (now 12-3) became a two-weight champion for Unified MMA, defeating Seth Baczynski (now 21-10) by TKO, waiting till 4:58 of the final round to wrap up one of the most entertaining, back and forth fights in Unified MMA history.
“It was a crazy fight. I really had to face some adversity in there. He was very tough,” said Ash in an interview.
“I didn’t want to burn myself out trying to finish him too quick, so I was trying to be patient, but still put it on him.”
The victory marks six in a row for Ash, as well as a trio of titles in his most recent three fights.
Regardless of what’s next for him, Ash said he couldn’t be happier to walk out victorious once again.
“Nothing’s better than winning,” said Ash.
Pytlik Becomes Welterweight Champion
In the co-main event slot, Pat Pytlik (now 7-0) and Vyron Phillips (now 7-5-1) treated the fans to another wildly entertaining fight, also stretching into the final round with the Unified MMA welterweight title on the line.
It would be the local favourite, Pytlik who would emerge victorious via TKO at 0:14 of the fifth round, claiming his first-career title and keeping his undefeated record intact.
Heading into the final round, Pytlik said he felt he was behind on the scorecards, so he knew he had to let it all loose in the final round.
“I thought I was down on rounds because I kept getting tagged, I kept getting rocked. So, round five I had to go for it. I bit down on my mouthguard and said it’s either him or me,” said Pytlik in an interview.
“I came away with the win and I’m very proud of myself.”
This was the longest fight of Pytlik’s career, having earned the majority of his wins in the first round.
He said Phillips was, by far, the toughest test he’s had in his career and was truly surprised at just how tough and durable he was.
“In my mind, that was an equal fight until I landed that punch,” said Pytlik.
“Vyron was definitely the best fighter I’ve ever fought.”
Anderson Continues to Rise
In the lightweight division, Neal Anderson (now 8-3) and Kolton Menzak (now 5-5, 1 NC) also put on a display of striking in their matchup, with Anderson coming out on the right side of a highly-entertaining unanimous decision.
Anderson said although he took more damage than he would’ve liked, he’s just happy it was a good fight.
“It was a tough fight, and I was kind of expecting that,” said Anderson in an interview.
“My last fight was kind of boring and my friends bought a lot of tickets off me, so I wanted to stand and trade, and that’s what we did.”
The victory now marks four in a row for Anderson in the lightweight division, potentially moving him to the top of the list for the next lightweight title challenge.
Coming out of the fight, Anderson said he feels injury-free and wants to get right back at it again as soon as possible.
“I’m down for whatever Unified offers me,” said Anderson.
“I’m not getting any younger, so I want to fight on the December card.”
Nick Hrabec, Matt Klute, Malcolm Tisdale, Sambath Khun, Tyrell Giselbrecht, and Harley King were also victorious on the card.