Predictions: Unified MMA 46

Unified MMA 46 goes down tomorrow night in Edmonton, Alta. and boasts one of the most stacked lineups the Canadian regional scene has ever scene. From UFC veterans to up-and-coming prospects, the card has it all. Check out my predictions for all the fights below.

Christian Larsen (7-2) vs. Jamelle Jones (12-8): PRO Heavyweight Title Bout** LARSEN PREVIEW, JONES PREVIEW

This is a great test for the absolute monster from Shaved Bears MMA. I think Larsen’s size and athleticism will be too much for Jones in this one but, there should be some intense exchanges.

Prediction: Larsen wins via TKO.

KB Bhullar (11-4) vs. Curtis Millender (18-9): PRO Middleweight BHULLAR PREVIEW, MILLENDER PREVIEW

I expect this one to be more of a kickboxing match. Two UFC veterans with some highlights on their resume. This is one of the best striking matchups in Unified MMA history. I feel like Millender’s boxing could make the difference. I see him having success with his straight punches.

Prediction: Millender wins via decision.

Neal Anderson (11-5) vs. Brandon Jenkins (15-9): PRO Lightweight FIGHT PREVIEW

I’m excited to see Anderson at 155 pounds. I feel like his frame is built for lightweight. It won’t be an easy first test with UFC and PFL veteran Jenkins coming into town. I think Jenkins might be too slick and versatile on the feet, but I’d honestly love to be wrong on this one.

Prediction: Jenkins wins via TKO.

Stephen Beaumont (9-3) vs. Michael Hill (11-6-1): PRO Welterweight

With some high-level experience and an entertaining style, Hill will always let you bang bro! Beaumont will gladly oblige as he takes to the cage for the first time in four years. I expect Beaumont’s wrestling and cardio to make the difference in this one.

Prediction: Beaumont wins via TKO.

Tyrell Giselbrecht (2-1) vs. Sean Michael (2-0): PRO Lightweight

This is an awesome matchup of some emerging Albertan talent. Giselbrecht has a relentless pace that is extremely hard to match. I think that’s where he’ll gain the edge Friday night.

Prediction: Gieselbrecht wins via decision.

Jett Grande (4-0-1) vs. Alex O’Neil (4-0): PRO Lightweight

Two of the best prospects in Canada squaring off. Unfortunately, there has to be a loser. Both have extensive amateur careers, but with his wrestling background I’m usually not betting against a guy like Jett. He’s been a bit more active and he seems to get a little better every time out.

Prediction: Grande wins via decision.

Usman Khattak (5-2) vs. Leo Bonin (3-1): AMATEUR Featherweight

Khattak has some solid wrestling, but Bonin has shown some impressive grappling skills of his own inside the Unified cage. Bonin has reeled off three straight wins. I expect this one to end up on the mat at some point for sure and I think Bonin will find a submission eventually.

Prediction: Bonin wins via submission.

Laine Foxton (3-1) vs. AJ Markett (1-0): AMATEUR Lightweight

I don’t know much about Markett. Foxton, meanwhile, trains out of Edmonton’s Kingdom MMA and there’s some great talent over there. I’m going to lean with the slightly more experienced fighter in this one.

Prediction: Foxton wins via decision.

Jake Craig (2-0) vs. Sean Pereira (0-0): AMATEUR Heavyweight

Heavyweight fights are unpredictable, especially when there is a debut. I’m going to lean towards Craig only because I’ve seen him before.

Prediction: Craig wins via TKO.

Gabriel Brown (0-2) vs. Edwin Ssekibuule (0-0): AMATEUR Flyweight

Tough start to Brown’s amateur career, but I expect him to right the ship in this one. He has a solid striking background and he trains out of Shaved Bears MMA. He’s a solid prospect to keep an eye on.

Prediction: Brown wins via decision.

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