Predictions: Unified MMA 48

Unified MMA is making their debut in Ontario with a stacked Unified MMA 48 card. The card will feature some of Canada’s top talent including Shane Campbell, Scott Hudson, Teshay Gouthro and Pat Pytlik.

Here are my predictions for the card:

Shane Campbell (20-8) vs. Darren Smith Jr. (22-12): PRO 165-pound Title Bout** FIGHT PREVIEW

Campbell truly does own the Unified MMA cage. He has yet to taste defeat in there throughout his career, despite consistently fighting top talent. Smith Jr. is no slouch, but I believe Campbell has him covered everywhere here.

Prediction: Campbell wins via decision.

Scott Hudson (13-5-1) vs. Austin Tweedy (11-3): PRO 165 pounds

This is a big test for Hudson here as looks to win his seventh fight in a row. Tweedy is a proven threat on the ground, but I do feel Hudson can put him away on the feet. As long as Hudson can avoid being taken down, I think he gets it done.

Prediction: Hudson wins via TKO.

Pat Pytlik (7-1) vs. Michael Hill (11-7-1): PRO Welterweight

This is one of the more interesting matchups on the card with Pytlik not having competed since March 2019 and Hill coming in on a three-fight losing streak. Pytlik is a dangerous striker, so if Hill decides to stand and bang I believe it will be Pytlik’s fight. If Hill decides to shoot for takedowns, things could get interesting as that’s what Pytlik struggled with in his only loss.

Prediction: Pytlik wins via decision.

Vladimir Kazbekov (7-4) vs. Jesse Stirn (13-6): PRO Featherweight

This will be the toughest test of the Kazbekov’s career by far in the PFL veteran Stirn. In my opinion, this is a very evenly-matched fight that could go either way. I’m going to roll with Kazbekov, however, as he seems to have really turned a corner as of late.

Prediction: Kazbekov wins via decision.

Gabe Sagman (7-5) vs. Louis Jourdain (5-3): PRO 130 pounds

A very intriguing matchup here. I feel both fighters have clear paths to victory as I believe Jourdain has the advantage on the feet and Sagman on the mat. It’s going to come down to can Jourdain’s takedown defence hold up, and if it doesn’t, can he get back up quickly?

Prediction: Jourdain wins via decision.

Ergys Sigeta (4-0) vs. Kaecy Raddon (3-0): PRO 175 pounds

This is a tough fight to call as I’m not very familiar with Raddon. On the other side, Sigeta was one of Canada’s brightest prospects at one point, but hasn’t fought since 2018. I’m banking on Sigeta still having that shine he possessed four years ago.

Prediction: Sigeta wins via decision.

Teshay Gouthro (6-1) vs. Morgan Rhynes (5-5): PRO Bantamweight GOUTHRO PREVIEW, RHYNES PREVIEW

Other than one slip up against a very tough opponent, Gouthro has looked nearly unstoppable in his career and continues to show improvements each time out. Rhynes is a tough customer and true veteran of the Canadian MMA scene. While I do see Rhynes holding his own, I think the pace of Gouthro will be too much in the end.

Prediction: Gouthro wins via TKO.

Matt Speciale (4-0) vs. Mohamed Ado (0-0): PRO 163 pounds

Ado is making his MMA debut against Speciale…that is a tall task. Unless I’m missing something, it’s an easy call here.

Prediction: Speciale wins via TKO.

Amin Almelik (0-2) vs. Kristian Bouchard (2-1): PRO 140 pounds

It’s been a tough go so far in the professional career of Almelik, and things don’t get any easier here with Bouchard. I think this one will play out very close.

Prediction: Almelik wins via decision.

Patrick Connors (5-5) vs. Bilal Nasari (0-0): PRO 151 pounds

I don’t know much about Nasari at all, but it’s hard to overlook the massive experience edge for Connors, despite him taking the fight on extremely short notice.

Prediction: Connors wins via submission.

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