After Rashad Coulter withdrawal, Christian Larsen happy to still be competing at Unified MMA 45

It was looking uncertain at one point, but Christian Larsen will still defend his Unified MMA heavyweight title on Friday night.

Edmonton, Alta.’s Larsen (6-2) will take on Abbotsford, B.C.’s Grayson Wells (5-4) in a rematch in the Unified MMA 45 co-main event slot.

Larsen, 34, was set for the biggest fight of his MMA career when he was slated to take on UFC veteran Rashad Coulter. Unfortunately, Coulter had to pull out of the fight as Larsen was told Coulter couldn’t find a cornerman.

But, thankfully, Larsen’s last opponent, Wells, will step up on short notice to get his second chance at the Unified MMA heavyweight title.

“I prepared for Grayson recently. I don’t expect to see the same strategy coming from him and hopefully gives me an opportunity to highlight some of my abilities as well. A fight’s a fight,” said Larsen in an interview with MMA Empire.

It’s been a struggle for Larsen to secure fights over the past two years as he was supposed to defend his Unified MMA heavyweight championship back at Unified MMA 40 in March 2020, but that event was cancelled as the COVID-19 pandemic caused a shutdown for all sporting events in the country.

“COVID sucked for training; our gyms were closed. I work up on an oil rig in Northern B.C., so I was stuck in a camp and the gyms were closed there and being out of town for weeks on end, eating camp food,” said Larsen.

“COVID hit me hard. We got in when we could when the restrictions eased up a little bit and not a lot of MMA was going on in Canada for a bit, especially in the heavyweight division there are not that many people to fight.”

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