Unified MMA is back with another huge card tonight in Unified MMA 43. Shane “Shaolin” Campbell will finally get the chance to face another top-ranked Canadian lightweight as he squares off against fellow UFC veteran Kyle Prepolec in a lightweight non-title fight. A win here would go a long way for either man to get back to the big show!
In the co-main event, KB Bhullar looks to continue his journey back to the UFC when he faces Strahinja Gavrilovic. We’ll also see the long-anticipated return of Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford who has been absent from the MMA scene for over seven years while he focused on his boxing career where he compiled a respectable 17-7 record against highly-ranked competition around the world. Elsewhere on the card, we’ll see Neal Anderson vs. Lucas Neufeld, Zack Powell vs. Cole Campbell, and several exciting professional and amateur prospects.
The main card can be seen live on UFC Fight Pass, but if you can’t watch live, MMA Empire will have your live play-by-play all night right here.
Fight of the Night: KB Bhullar vs. Strahinja Gavrilovic
Submission of the Night: Mac Laursen
Knockout of the Night: Antony Rojas
Pro Catchweight (160lbs) – Shane Campbell (21-8) vs. Kyle Prepolec (15-7)
Round 1: Both men look to land early and Campbell with a leg kick. Campbell avoids a pair of high kicks and lands a right and misses his own head kick. Thudding leg kick from Campbell and they trade and Campbell just catches Prepolec at the end of a head kick. Leg kicks for Campbell and Prepolec with one of his own. Campbell with a body kick and back peddles away from a combo. Prepolec looks to land and Campbell looking for the toe stab. Combo and a leg kick from Campbell. Low leg kick from Prepolec and lands a couple to the body and then connects with a right. Campbell shoots for the takedown but briefly gets stuck in a guillotine. Campbell pops his head out and gets back to his feet. Campbell presses him into the fence and stomps the feet and kicks the ankle and the round comes to an end. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Campbell
Round 2: Campbell opens with a combo and they exchange leg kicks. Campbell rips a body shot after avoiding one from Prepolec. Prepolec pushes him to the cage but can’t get a hold of him. Leg kick for Campbell and they trade shots. Campbell with an oblique kick and a side stomp to the foot. Inside leg kick for Prepolec and they tie up momentarily. Prepolec with a nice one-two and lands again. Inadvertent groin strike from Campbell and a brief pause. They restart and trade and Campbell misses a high kick. Prepolec with a solid flurry and that prompts Campbell to respond with one of his own. They tie up in the centre of the cage and Campbell drags him down and gets the back. Campbell fires shots under the arm and controls the back. Prepolec able to get back to his feet and reverses positions. Prepolec picks Campbell up but can’t slam him and eats a couple shots. Campbell ducks under a shot and briefly gets a body lock but releases and time expires. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Campbell
Round 3: Leg kick for Campbell and a toe stab. Campbell avoids a combo and another toe stab. Campbell jab and a knee to the body. They trade and Campbell lands a kick to the body. Prepolec gets a body lock and pushes Campbell to the fence. Prepolec knees to the thigh and Campbell sends a couple up the middle. Campbell pushes him off and looks to land. Campbell with a leg kick and a body kick by Prepolec. Prepoloec lands a combo and a leg kick and Campbell responds. Prepolec back with another and a head kick caught by Campbell. Campbell connects with a right and a stiff jab. High kick just misses from Campbell and Prepolec misses a combo. Superman punch misses the mark and Campbell fires a right and a head kick. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Campbell
Shane Campbell defeats Kyle Prepolec by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Pro Super-Middleweight – KB Bhullar (10-3) vs. Strahinja Gavrilovic (8-5)
Round 1: Gavrilovic presses forward with a barrage and Bhullar weathers the storm. They tie up briefly on the cage and separate. Gavrilovic pressures and looks to land and Bhullar with a pair of body kicks. Right lands from Bhullar and a couple of knees up the middle from the clinch. Gavrilovic connects with a flurry of punches and Bhullar has to tie him up to slow it down. Bhullar lands a body kick and Gavrilovic continues to press the action. Bhullar connects against the cage and controls him on the fence. They separate and Bhullar lands a head kick and Gavril fights off the cage and lands. Bhullar able to stay at the end of his punches and kicks the leg. Gavrilovic lands another hard right and Bhullar pushes him into the cage. Gavril with a knee to the body and they jockey for position. They separate and a thudding leg kick by Bhullar before getting the clinch and putting his back on the cage again. Gavrilovic trying to get off the cage but Bhullar is staying heavy. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Bhullar
Round 2: Gavrilovic connects and presses forward and Bhullar with a high kick. Both men land and Bhullar scores with a flying knee and pressures him with a combo against the cage. Front kick to the body and Gavrilovic tries to respond. Bhullar punishes the legs with kicks and lands a combo. Head kick was partially blocked by Gavrilovic. Gavrilovic is bloodied and Bhullar kicks the legs and sails over the head with a kick. Gavrilovic lands a combo and they trade jabs. Bhullar with the body lock against the cage and a knee to the body. Bhullar steps away and Gavrilov looks to land. Bhullar with a front kick to the body and ties him up on the cage and knees the body. Bhullar looking to slice him up with chopping elbows coming down on the top of his head. Head kick glances off for Bhullar. Bhullar lands and Gavrilovic fires back and both men throw consistently at one another for the rest of the round. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Bhullar
Round 3: Gavrilovic throws a flurry and Bhullar calmly defends and lands. Bhullar gets the clinch and eats body shots. Bhullar unleashes four straight head kicks and follows with a body kick. Bhullar looks to land and Gavrilovic responds. Gavrilovic lands a right and Bhullar calmly answers back. Another high kick from Bhullar and Gavrilovic presses forward with a heavy barrage and catches Bhullar with several shots. Bhullar is able to survive and recover and lands. Gavrilovic lands another combo and a huge knee lands from Bhullar. Knee to the body next from Bhullar and Gavrilovic lands a solid uppercut against the cage. Bhullar with a trio of jabs and Gavrilovic lands a flurry. Gavrilovic lands again and a head kick from Bhullar. They exchange once more and the fight comes to an end. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Gavrilovic
KB Bhullar defeats Strahinja Gavrilovic by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Pro Super Welterweight – Ryan Ford (22-5) vs. Dawond Pickney (18-15)
Round 1: Ford back in the cage for the first time in over 7 years and a leg kick and a combo lands. Ford bullies Pickney to the mat and Ford is all over him. Ford takes the back and works for the rear-naked choke. Pickney defends and works to full guard. Pickney looks to pass and Ford works his back to the cage. Pickney looks for the d’arce choke and Ford frees himself and takes the back. Ford pounds away at Pickney who’s in turtle. Pickney tries to drive for the single but Ford kicks Pickney takes the back and fires away but Ford rolls through and avoids a kimura. Ford sinks the rear-naked choke but Pickney stays calm and is able to free himself from danger. Ford still working for the choke and Pickney is able to get out and works to the back himself and lands. Ford rolls and eats a few shots at the end of the round. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Ford
Round 2: Leg kicks from Pickney and a left. High kick from Ford misses the mark and he lands a right. Pickney with the double and gets Ford to the mat and looks for the guillotine. Ford gives his back but he’s able to spin free and takes full guard. Pickney with a couple back elbows and Ford works to the back. Pickney able to get away and gets the back and lands shots. Ford now on the back but Pickney able to get to full guard. Ford looking for the triangle now and lands shots. Ford locks in the triangle, pulls the arm across and coaxes the tap in a hard-fought return to MMA.
Ryan Ford submits Dawond Pickney by Triangle Choke in Round 2, 4:01
Pro Featherweight – Neal Anderson (10-4) vs. Lucas Neufeld (6-1)
Round 1: A pair of hard leg kicks by Neufeld and a right by Anderson. More leg kicks from Neufeld and a combo. Neufeld thudding leg kicks continue to land and he presses the action. Anderson catches a leg kick and kicks the back leg. Spinning back fist from Neufeld misses and Anderson looks to connect but can’t find the range. Bog combo misses from Neufeld. Neufeld presses forward with a barrage of punches but can’t land anything solid. Anderson connects to the body and both men trading. Dueling chants from the crowd and Anderson gets the takedown and looks to take the back. An elbow on the break from Neufeld and they exchange in the center. Trip takedown by Anderson and he takes the back and works for the rear-naked choke. It’s a crank as he can’t sink it under the chin and Neufeld escapes and sweeps and gets on top. Both men trade shots until the round ends. MMA Empire scores round Anderson
Round 2: Neufeld with a leg kick and Anderson lands one and eats a right. Both clash with leg kicks and Neufeld presses forward. Anderson with a knee to the body and Anderson gets the throw and lands in full-guard. Neufeld climbing his legs for the armbar but Anderson avoids it, he tries again and Anderson chips away at the body. Neufeld briefly attempts the guillotine but Anderson easily defends. Short elbows from Neufeld on the bottom and Neufeld shrimps away and Anderson stands and kicks the legs. Anderson drops back into the guard and begins to fire off some shots. Anderson stands again and drops a right Anderson looks to take the back but Neufeld scrambles and ends up in guard. Anderson working for an armbar but the cage is blocking his angle. Neufeld stands and Anderson connects with a big right hand at the bell. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Anderson
Round 3: Anderson lands a leg kick and they clash with the next ones. Anderson with another and Neufeld looks to land. Anderson with a combo sends Neufeld tumbling backwards. Anderson lands a knee and then pounces. Anderson takes the back and sinks the rear-naked choke and goes palm to palm but can’t force the tap as it’s just over the jaw again. Anderson keeps working for it and lands to soften him up. Anderson has it deeper this time but Neufeld showing great defense and survives again. Anderson keeps chipping away and again gets it under the chin. Neufeld’s heart is on full display as he frees himself again. Anderson has the body triangle locked and Neufeld rolls to the other side and Anderson switches his lock. Anderson does not give up on the choke and keeps landing and attempting to get the finish. Anderson punches away for the final seconds as the crowd counts down. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Anderson
Neal Anderson defeats Lucas Neufeld by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
Pro Super Welterweight – Zack Powell (4-1) vs. Cole Campbell (4-3)
Round 1: Campbell dodges a big right and lands a leg kick. A leg kick from Powell spins Campbell around. Campbell with a right and a leg kick and Powell responds. Campbell shoots for the double but Powell defends. Powell reverses and they battle against the cage. Campbell trying to spin off but Powell keeps his back on the cage. Campbell works for the body lock throw but Powell ends up on top in full guard. Campbell landing from the bottom and Powell drives him into the cage. Campbell looking for the guillotine and uses it to stand. Campbell with a leg kick and Powell gives him one back. Campbell shoots but it’s stuffed. Campbell with a nice combo and a looks for the takedown but Powell defends. Powell is able to drag him to the mat and passes to half guard. Campbell gets his full guard and throws up a triangle but Powell throws it aside and lands one more before the end of the round. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Powell
Round 2: Campbell’s leg kick is checked and Powell connects with a combo. Nice left and a body kick by Campbell shoots but it’s defended. Campbell lands a right and Powell connects with an uppercut but Campbell with a combo. Both men trade heavy shots and a hard leg kick by Powell. Campbell with a combo and drives for the takedown. Powell stuffs it and stays on his feet. Powell with the control against the cage. Powell has the body lock and drags Campbell to the mat. Powell passes to full mount but Campbell is able to pop back to his feet and lands a combo. Powell with another strong takedown to full guard. Campbell landing from the bottom and Powell firing back until the bell. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Powell
Round 3: Thudding leg kick by Campbell and Powell with his own. Cambell with a one-two and Powell connects with a big right. Powell with another takedown and Campbell looks for the Kimura sweep but can’t get it and lands. Powell drives him to the cage and Campbell stands. Campbell fights off the cage and kicks the body. Campbell lands a combo and again Powell responds with a takedown. Both men land and Powell passes to half-guard. Campbell working for the Kimura sweep but Powell takes his back. Campbell stands but is taken right back down. Campbell again looking for the Kimura but Powell gets out and takes full mount. Campbell back to his feet and lands and is finally able to stuff a takedown. Unfortunately, Powell gets the next one and lands shots for the final 15 seconds. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Powell
Zack Powell defeats Cole Campbell by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Pro Super Welterweight – Ali Charkie (1-1) vs. Sandeep Sran (0-0)
Round 1: Sran looks very relaxed for a debut fighter and they feel each other out. Leg kick from Charkie and Charkie connects with a massive right but Sran stays on his feet. Sran lands a right but can’t follow up. Charkie with a leg kick and Charkie with a big right and a quick takedown right behind it. Charkie working to pass and Sran gives up his neck. Charkie threatens the anaconda choke but Sran is able to survive. Sran to his feet but Charkie bullies him back to the mat by his neck. Charkie to side control and tries to pass to mount but Sran defends. Sran gives up his back and Charkie lands before working for the choke. Sran tries to stand but Charkie keeps him down. Charkie with one more attempt at the rear-naked choke but time runs out. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Charkie
Round 2: Charkie with a couple leg kicks and dodges a head kick. Sran presses forward with a combo but can’t find the range. Sran with another combo but again can’t land with much power. Charkie responds and they meet back in the centre. Both men clash with leg kicks and Charkie shoots a double and gets stuck in a guillotine. Chakrie pops his head free and they trade chipping shots. Charkie trying to land but can’t get the space. Sran bloodied up now and Charkie able to get his shots off. Charkie takes the back and drags Sran away from the cage. Charkie to side control and again Sran gives his back. Sran briefly throws up a triangle but Charkie moves to the back again. Sran continually giving his back but is able to slip away when Charkie tries to put in the choke and the round ends. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Charkie
Round 3: Doctor enters to check on Sran prior to the start of the third and we’re good to go. Charkie lands a leg kick and they posture with neither man engaging. Chrkie with another leg kick and more posturing. Lazy flying knee from Sran. Sran with a stiff jab and another. Big right hook misses for Charkie but a double leg right behind it. Charkie in full guard and not putting much effort into passing. Chipping shots but not much else. Sran looks for an armbar but Charkie easily pulls himself free. Charkie back on top and lands a few more chipping shots for the remainder of the round. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Charkie
Ali Charkie defeats Sandeep Sran by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Pro Catchweight (190lbs)- Lorenzo Celis (1-1) vs. Mac Laursen (0-1)
Round 1: Laursen with a right and Celis lands a leg kick. They clash with leg kicks and Celis connects before they tie up on the cage. They jockey for position before separating and trading. Celis pushes hi to thecage and they exchange knees to the body. Laursen lands a combo and Celis looking for the single but Laursen takes the back and works for the choke. Celis fighting the hands and escapes and takes the back himself. Celis lands a barrage of punches and Laursen is able to get back to his feet. Laursen working for a single but Celis defends and pounds away. Big double and a slam by Celis and passes to half-guard. Laursen turtles and Celis is all over him. Laursen sitting against the cage and Celis lifts him off the mat with a guillotine. Laursen back to his feet looking for a guillotine of his own and they fall to the mat. Laursen to half-guard and chips away with elbows as Celis gets full guard. Celis back to his feet and Laursen connects with a right and both men miss spinning kicks as time runs down. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Celis
Round 2: They trade punches and Celis connects. They exchange leg kicks and a body shot from Celis. Celis leg kick is answered by a high kick from Laursen. Laursen secures the clinch but Celis unloads on the body. They separate and Laursen behind Celis and trying to get on his back. Celis traps the arm behind the back and unloads with a barrage before dragging Laursen to the ground. Celis relentlessly landing shots and Laursen is turtling. Celis continues to land and Laursen desperatly trying to stand by Celis stays heavy and keeps him pinned against the cage. Celis in north/south and Laursen finally able to get vertical. Both men winging punches at each other against the cage and Celis with the single to full guard. Celis postures and lands before letting Laursen to his feet. They tie up and Celis lands to the body. Lazy takedown attempt by Laursen and Celis gets the double to full guard and lands. Laursen wraps him up and is able to survive the round. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Celis
Round 3: Laursen with a jab and Celis with a hard one of his own. Celis avoids a combo and a high kick and works for the single against the cage. High kick by Celis but he doesn’t get all of it. Celis working for the double and Laursen elbows the body and gets separation. Celis lands a right and eats a knee to the body to get a hold of Laursen. Laursen with a couple elbows but Celis gets the takedown and settles into half-guard. Laursen to his knees but Celis stays on him and chips away. Laursen trying to get to his feet back Celis brings him right back down each time. Celis looking for the neck crank but lets it go and continues to ride Laursen against the cage. Celis lands little shots and Laursen able to get back to his feet briefly and drug right back down. Laursen lands a couple shots and is able to get to the back. Laursen sinks in a rear-naked choke. Celis is able to hold on for a moment but is ultimately forced to tap snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Mac Laursen submits Lorenzo Celis by Rear-Naked Choke in Round 3, 4:20
Amateur Flyweight- Mitch Wiles (3-2) vs. Antony Rojas (1-0)
Round 1: Both men trading right of the bat and landing heavy leather. Wiles ties him up and drives him against the cage. Wiles with the throw but Rojas ends up in half guard after a scramble. Rojas working to pass and Wiles looking for the Kimura. Wiles looks for the sweep but Rojas stays on top and is now in side control and lands to the body and head. Rojas with a couple bombs from the top and he postures and lands. Wiles gets his full guard but Rojas connects with a couple more before the bell. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Rojas
Round 2: Wiles tests the distance with some pawing front kicks and Rojas with a hard leg kick. Wiles pushes him to the cage and they jockey for position. Wiles with a knee to the body and they trade knees to the mid-section. Rojas reverses position and lands a big knee to the body. Wiles is able to reverse and they continue to battle against the cage with the occasional knee to the body. Rojas with the bog hip toss and takes the back and lands. Rojas begins to rain down punches and steals the round that was largely a stalemate between the two until the final 20 seconds. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Rojas
Round 3: Wiles with a combo and single-leg attempt but Rojas doing well to defend and lands a knee to the body. Rojas with a couple rights and is able to muscle Wiles to the ground and takes full mount. Rojas unleashes fury and is getting through with some big shots with both hands. Wiles closes the guard and slows the barrage. Rojas gets to half guard and continues to pound away and bloodies the nose of Wiles en route to the stoppage.
Antony Rojas defeats Mitch Wiles by TKO (Punches) in Round 3, 2:24
Amateur Flyweight- Gabriel Brown (0-1) vs. Shane Bell (0-1)
Round 1: Bell with a quick leg kick and Brown lands an overhand right and a leg kick. Both men trading leg kicks and a combo from Brown. Bell with a nice front kick to the body and Brown lands. They tie up and Bell knees the midsection. A tie up and Brown gets him to the mat in a scramble. Bell back to his feet and muscles Brown to the mat in full guard and lands to the body. Bell grinding his head into the chin of Brown and landing to the body before passing to half guard. Bell continues to pound the body and wraps up an arm triangle but runs out of time. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Bell
Round 2: Brown lands a leg kick and stuffs a takedown attempt. Bell gets the clinch and lands a questionable knee to the head which is illegal under these amateur rules. Bell drags him to the mat and works to the back as Brown is attempting to get back to his feet. Brown hits the switch and works to the back against the cage. Brown now pressures Bell into the cage and lands. Brown steps back and throws and lands a thudding body kick. Brown with a solid uppercut and Bell with a takedown attempt to stop the onslaught. Brown working for a guillotine as time expires. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Brown
Round 3: Both men trade heavy shots and Bell shoots for the takedown. Brown defends and stays on his feet. Both men landing and Brown with another hard kick to the body. Bell reaches for the leg and gets the takedown against the fence. Brown to his knees and trying to stand. Bell looking to sink the choke but can’t lock it in. Bell with the knee to the body and now to side control. Brown working for the Kimura sweeps and gets it to full mount. Bell gives up his back and Brown looks for the choke. Bell is able to work back to his feet and Brown knees the body. They separate and Brown lands and kicks the leg. MMA Empire scores round 10-9 Brown
Shane Bell defeats Gabriel Brown by Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Amateur Lightweight- Connor Krebs (2-2-1) vs. Mike Roe (0-0)
Round 1: Krebs with a leg kick to start and they clash with leg kicks before Krebs lands a couple more. Roe looks for the sidekick but can’t find the mark. Krebs presses forward with a combo and Roe looks for the guillotine but it’s easily defended. Krebs to side control and Roe again working for a guillotine but doesn’t have the angle. Krebs passes to full mount and Roe exposes his back. Krebs works the arm under the chin and locks the body triangle. Roe fights the hands briefly but Krebs locks the rear-naked choke in and forces the tap.
Connor Krebs submits Mike Roe by Rear-Naked Choke in Round 1, 2:53