Justin Basra expects a UFC call-up with a win over Maged Hammo in comeback fight in Unified MMA 47 main event

Justin Basra
Justin Basra following his victory at Havoc FC 12. (Photo by Joel Griffith/MMA Empire)

Justin Basra is finally ending his layoff.

Basra is 5-0 as a pro and last fought in Sept. 2018 when he defeated Joaquin Calderon at Rumble in the Cage 59. Since then, he dealt with an injury and COVID, which has delayed his return. Yet, he will finally make the walk to the cage in the main event of Unified MMA 47 on Friday night in Calgary, Alta. against Maged Hammo (11-6-1) for the Unified MMA featherweight title.

“It was a surprise. I asked for a fight and I was offered Noah Ali, but that didn’t come to fruition,” Basra said to MMA Empire.

“They were trying to find someone for Maged and they were having trouble, so they asked me if I’d fight him for the belt and I said why not.”

Although Basra was surprised to get the title fight, he is excited about the matchup.

Basra said he and Hammo trained together briefly a few years ago and is impressed with his run as of late but is confident he has what it takes to become the new champ.

“He has been around and, honestly, I thought we were going to fight earlier in my career. We both fought on the same card and had big wins, so I thought they would match us up,” Basra said.

“But he’s a good dude, a great fighter, we have trained together in the past and his run is pretty good. Beating Neal Anderson twice is very impressive. He’s durable, gritty, and hard to beat, but come December 2 I have confidence I can beat him.”

If Basra gets his hand raised and improves to 6-0 and is the champion, he believes it could result in a UFC signing.

He knows the Las Vegas-based promotion is returning to Canada in 2023 and thinks he would be a perfect candidate for the promotion to sign to have more Canadians on the roster.

“I don’t know why I wouldn’t get signed. I know the UFC is coming back to Canada in 2023 and being the champion of Unified means a lot,” Basra said.

“I’ve held titles in every promotion I’ve ever fought in and I think winning here and getting that call-up is very possible.”

The plan for Basra is to make this a fight, whether it’s on the feet or on the mat. The undefeated fighter has a ton of confidence in himself and knows he can finish anyone.

Yet, he says he isn’t focused on getting the finish. Instead, all he cares about is getting his hand raised and becoming the new Unified MMA featherweight champion.

“I’m just going to compete hard,” Basra said.

“If the submission is there, I will for sure get it, but I never look for a knockout or a submission. I’ve competed in wrestling my entire life and know you can’t just look for one thing to happen, so whatever pops up I will take it.”

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