Predictions: Unified MMA 47

The first of three massive cards to close out the year goes down tomorrow night in Calgary, Alta. with Unified MMA 47. We will see the much-anticipated return of Justin Basra, as well as Tom O’Connor, Ali Charkie and more.

Here are my picks for the card tomorrow night:

Maged Hammo (11-6-1) vs. Justin Basra (5-0): PRO Featherweight Title Bout** BASRA PREVIEW

Basra finally returns! Prior to his injury, Basra was one of Canada’s most promising prospects and was likely UFC bound. Although he hasn’t fought since 2018, he has still been very active training and coaching in that time. He gets a stiff test for his return in Hammo, but I do feel the elite wrestling of Basra’s prevails.

Prediction: Basra wins via decision.

Tom O’Connor (10-2) vs. Devon Brock (10-5): PRO Lightweight O’CONNOR PREVIEW, BROCK PREVIEW

I’ve underestimated O’Connor in the past and I’m not going to do it here. While I do feel Brock will have the edge on the feet, I think O’Connor will be able to secure takedowns and eventually find the finish.

Prediction: O’Connor wins via submission.

Ali Charkie (3-1) vs. Fay Bursell (5-2): PRO 175 pounds

I’m not too familiar with Bursell, but it’s going to come down to whether he can stop the takedowns of Charkie. Given that he’s been submitted twice already in his professional career, I’m going to assume Charkie will be able to get him down.

Prediction: Charkie wins via TKO.

John Nguyen (4-3) vs. Diego Santos (4-0): PRO Featherweight

This is a tough one because there is a lot of hype surrounding Santos, but I don’t know much about him at all outside of that. Nguyen will be his toughest test to date as he has not faced the best competition so far in his career. I’m going to side with the hometown figher, Nguyen, to get the job done.

Prediction: Nguyen wins via TKO.

Sean Michael (3-0) vs. Ramil Kamilov (3-0): PRO Lightweight KAMILOV PREVIEW

This is one of the most intriguing matchups on the card. Both guys have looked unbeatable so far in their professional careers, but one of them needs to take that first loss here. I think Kamilov will have a pretty big edge on the feet here and he’s also no slouch on the ground if he does get taken down.

Prediction: Kamilov wins via decision.

Usman Khattak (0-0) vs. Steven Thomas (0-1): PRO Featherweight

Finally we get the professional debut of Khattak. He showed a lot of promise throughout his amateur career, finishing as the clear top amateur featherweight in the country. Thomas is a solid striker, however, and while I do think Khattak can hang with him in the striking, I expect him to utilize his elite wrestling here.

Prediction: Khattak wins via decision.

Colton Boxell (1-4) vs. Sebastian Lopez (0-1): PRO Welterweight

I think this one is pretty simple to breakdown. If Boxell can get it to the ground, he will win. If not, there’s a big edge for Lopez on the feet.

Prediction: Boxell wins via submission.

Leo Bonin (3-2) vs. Chris Henhawk (3-1): AMATEUR Featherweight

A clash between two solid amateurs here. Despite living in Canada, Henhawk has fought his entire amateur career in the U.S., so I’ve yet to see him fight. Bonin, on the other hand, has looked much-improved since his amateur debut. He even took a round off the previously-mentioned Khattak in his last bout.

Prediction: Bonin wins via decision.

Regan Running Rabbit (2-1) vs. Derek Khosa (2-3): AMATEUR Welterweight

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Running Rabbit in the cage, but he returns here for what should be a good one. Provided Running Rabbit has still been actively training throughout this layoff, I think he gets it done here.

Prediction: Running Rabbit wins via TKO.

Arman Deol (2-1) vs. Mike Roe (0-1): AMATEUR Featherweight

This could be a very tough matchup for the striker, Roe. Deol is very tall and long for the division, which could make it tough for Roe to get going. I expect Deol to land some takedowns in this one to get the win.

Prediction: Deol wins decision.

Justin Fernandez (2-0) vs. Jhonson Garzon (1-0): AMATEUR Flyweight

On paper, this should be a really fun fight to open the card and could go a variety of ways. I would not be shocked to see Garzon pull off the win, but I’m going to side with Fernandez to land a few takedowns and the better shots.

Prediction: Fernandez wins via decision.

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