Jamelle Jones, Brandon Jenkins leave hometown crowd in shock, Stephen Beaumont returns in style at Unified MMA 46

Unified MMA 46 boasted the strongest lineup on the Canadian MMA scene in recent years, and it delivered on all fronts Friday night in Edmonton, Alta.

In the main event, Jamelle Jones (now 13-8) was successful in dethroning the hometown heavyweight champion in Christian Larsen (now 7-3), utilizing an aggressive wrestling attack to eventually get to the back of Larsen and sink in a rear-naked choke.

Jones said the fight went exactly as planned for him and knew if he was able get Larsen to the ground it would be game over.

“The game plan… he’s big, he’s strong, take him down and choke him out,” said Jones in an interview with MMA Empire.

“I’ve wrestled a school out here called Simon Fraser in British Columbia and they have the best wrestling. I was superior to those guys, so I knew he couldn’t take mine. Also, Larsen doesn’t go on his back a lot, so I knew if I put him in that vulnerable position he would be vulnerable to my submissions.”

Jones has competed for the past two seasons in PFL’s heavyweight division.

He said he’s currently in negotiations with PFL to return for the 2023 season, but nothing is official as of right now. If he doesn’t end up re-signing with the promotion, Jones will look to defend his newly-earned Unified MMA heavyweight title.

“If I’m on a the regional level, I’ll be at Unified. But I’m looking for the bigger stages,” said Jones.

In his first fight since his UFC departure, Brandon Jenkins (now 16-9) made a serious statement, knocking out Neal Anderson (now 11-6) with a nasty knee to the chin that put Anderson down in the first round.

The highlight-reel finish is nothing new for Jenkins as he has several throughout his career and, despite a slow start and a tough weight cut, he was able to add another to his resume.

“The whole first round I just felt really off and I started really slow,” said Jenkins in an interview with MMA Empire.

“I was able to deke him with the right hand, and I have a really good finishing ability. That was my eleventh knockout and usually when I smell blood in the water I go for it.”

Now back in the win column, Jenkins said a few doors have opened for him as far as the next stage of his career.

“My manager has been talking to ONE Championship and also with Bellator, so hopefully I can get one of those,” said Jenkins.

“Those guys don’t sign you off of losses, so I got this W and hopefully it opens up some more doors for me.”

In his first action since May 2018, Stephen Beaumont (now 10-3) performed as good as ever, finishing Michael Hill (now 11-7-1) with a violent flurry of punches in the first round.

Although he’s thrilled to earn the first round finish, Beaumont said it’s not at all how he saw the fight playing out.

“It didn’t go the way I thought it would,” said Beaumont in an interview with MMA Empire.

“I thought me and Michael Hill, with him being the long, rangier fighter, that we were going to really hunker down and give ‘er and give the fans three rounds. But I got a lot of power in my hands and I’m pretty tricky with my striking and I got the best coaches in the world and we’re basically ready for anybody.”

This fight was not a one-off return for Beaumont, however, as he already has his sights set on his next opponent.

“Kyle Prepolec, you and me buddy. Five rounds, 170, 165. I can’t go any lower than that, but let me heal up my hand here and we’ll give ‘er buddy,” said Beaumont.

The co-main event between KB Bhullar and Curtis Millender came to an early in end in unfortunate fashion as Millender was unable to continue due to an accidental eye poke from Bhullar.

In a battle between undefeated prospects, Alex O’Neil (now 5-0) handed Jett Grande (now 4-1-1) his first loss as a professional.

Sean Michael, Usman Khattak, AJ Markett, Jake Craig and Gabriel Brown were also victorious on the card.

Fight recap brought to you by Lisa McInnes – Verico Paragon Mortgage Inc.