Vacant titles finding owners: Unified MMA 2020 predictions

When it comes to the regional MMA scene in Canada, Unified MMA is one of top promotions in the country with some of the most elite champions.

Out of nine possible professional Unified MMA titles to be won, there are currently three vacancies in the promotion.

With the flyweight, lightweight and super welterweight belts all currently looking for new homes, here are three fighters who could be calling themselves a Unified MMA champion by the end of 2020.

Flyweight: Malcolm Gordon (12-3)

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Malcolm Gordon celebrates his win over Chris Kelades at Bellator 119. (Photo by Jeff Kovack/The Cage Report)

Other than Chad Anheliger, the flyweight division in Western Canada is currently without any top contenders. And with Anheliger currently under contract with Rise FC as their flyweight and bantamweight champion, a potential new Unified MMA flyweight champion may very well come from out east. Not only is Gordon one of the top flyweights in Eastern Canada, he’s one of the best in the country. Gordon currently holds both the TKO MMA flyweight title and the WXC flyweight title, and is also the former Havoc FC flyweight champion. Why not bring Gordon back out west for a shot at another championship?

Lightweight: Neal Anderson (10-3)

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Neal Anderson in the cage at Unified MMA 35. (Photo by Joel Griffith)

With Shane Campbell recently vacating the Unified MMA lightweight title and moving on to Fight Night, arguably Unified MMA’s most stacked division is in need of a new champion. Anderson is one of the hottest and fast-rising lightweights in Canada right now, currently riding a six-fight win streak, which includes wins over Craig Shintani and Curtis Demarce. Since 2012, Anderson has fought exclusively under the Unified MMA banner, and given his recent streak, it feels like a no-brainer to give him a crack at Unified MMA lightweight gold in the near future.

Super Welterweight: Spencer Jebb (13-7)

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Spencer Jebb weighs in for his bout at WSOF Canada 2. (Photo courtesy of WSOF)

The newly-added super welterweight division is looking for its first champion, so why not add another member of the team at Shaved Bears MMA to the list of Unified MMA champions. Jebb has fought some of the toughest competition the sport has to offer, outside the UFC, including his three most recent fights for M-1 Global. With teammates Christian Larsen, Graham Park and KB Bhullar already being Unified MMA champions, Jebb seems like a fitting candidate to become Unified MMA’s first super welterweight champion, adding to the already impressive resume of Shaved Bears MMA.