Neal Anderson has sights set on much-desired featherweight title in Unified MMA 45 rematch with Maged Hammo

Neal Anderson is locked in for his much-anticipated rematch with Maged Hammo.

Edmonton, Alta.’s Anderson (11-4) takes on Lethbridge, Alta.’s Hammo (10-6-1) in a rematch for the Unified MMA featherweight title at Unified MMA 45 on Friday night in Edmonton.

Anderson, 34, has been competing under the Unified MMA banner for over 10 years now and said finally winning a title for the promotion would be a special achievement.

“That would be pretty cool to win the belt with them. I’ve been fighting for them forever, so yeah, that would be awesome,” said Anderson in an interview with MMA Empire.

Having already shared the cage with Hammo for 15-plus minutes, Anderson said there are certain aspects he learned that he’ll carry forward into the rematch.

But, at the same time, Anderson also said he expects to see a modified version of Hammo and won’t get too wrapped up in what he saw of him in the first meeting.

“For sure I think there’s stuff to take away from that. I’ve already fought him, so I already know what it’s like to be in there with him. But at the same time you don’t want to expect the same thing. Obviously, he’s fought me too, so he’s going to make adjustments. He might do something totally different this time. The first time I fought him I thought he was more of a striker. He had a bunch of pro boxing fights kind of recently,” said Anderson.

“Going into that fight, neither one of us had fought MMA in like two years, but during that time he had two or three pro boxing fights or something. I was thinking oh, well this guy’s obviously a striker, so I was expecting more of a striker. Then I found out after the fight that he’s kind of known as a tricky jiu-jitsu guy. Now I know that, but you’ve got to be prepared for everything.”

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