Who’s Next… Unified MMA 36
Unified MMA 36 went down a couple weeks ago from The River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta (Check out the full play-by-play HERE). In the main event UFC veteran silenced the crowd when he put previously undefeated prospect Pat Pytlik to sleep to earn the Super-Lightweight Title. Teddy Ash avenged his recent loss and defended his Middleweight Title against Dominique Steele albeit with some strange circumstances and finally Shane Campbell earned a Unanimous Decision over Menad Abella in a bout that was supposed to be for Campbell’s Lightweight Title however withe Abella missing weight it was changed to a three round non-title affair.
Keep in mind, in most cases the match-ups listed here are hypothetical and have not been announced or rumored to be taking place unless otherwise noted.
Let us know your thoughts on who should be up next for the big winners and the rest of the card and who you think would win our hypothetical match-ups.
165lbs- Jake Lindsey (14-8) vs. Michael Hill (11-4-1)
***Super-Lightweight Title Fight
Jake Lindsay came into enemy territory against Pat Pytlik and silenced the crowd when he put the hometown favorite to sleep in the first round. Lindsay called out Unified Lightweight champ Shane Campbell in his post-fight interview but lets look into his possible first title defense. Michael Hill had been looking to get the shot at Pytlik for sometime now and is one the top ranked Canadian Welterweights. A Lindsey vs. Hill Title fight makes the most sense and if Hill is able to get the win it could set up a dynamite matchup between him and the winner of the Pytlik vs. Richardson bout proposed below.
185lbs- Teddy Ash (13-4) vs. Joe Riggs (49-18-1)
***Middleweight Title Fight
Teddy Ash avenged his contentious loss to Dominique Steele with another absolute war. It was one of the stranger endings to a fight we’ve seen with the corners unable to get the cage door open for several minutes after the 4th round. Ultimately the doctor was able to get into the cage and called the fight off due to Steele’s extremely swollen eye. Nevertheless Ash walked out of the cage the champion and now we look ahead to his next defense. Ash still has his eyes set on that UFC contract and now that he’s avenged his loss he needs another recognizable name on the record. Joe Riggs definitely fits the bill and is 8-1-1 since his last UFC stint and would provide a strong challenged for the belt.
155lbs- Shane Campbell (17-7) vs. Johnny Case (25-6-1)
***Lightweight Title Fight
Shane Campbell defeated Menad Abella in a three round unanimous decision after Abella missed weight changing the bout to a non-title affair. Campbell remains one of the top Lightweight’s in Canada and still has the goal of making it back to a major organization. To do that he needs to pile up some big wins and UFC veteran Johnny Case would be a great name for his record. Case is 3-0-1 since being cut from the UFC with the draw coming to eventual PFL Champion Natan Shulte. Schulte won the first round of that bout which according to the PFL tiebreaker rules sent Schulte to the championship fight over Case.
185lbs- KB Bhullar (6-0) vs. Jared Revel (8-2)
KB Bhullar added another win to his record and is still undefeated after recently returning from a 5 year layoff. While Derek Boyle is an extremely tough veteran Bhullar is still in search of that signature win over a top Middleweight. Look no further than BC’s Jared Revel to provide that challenge for The Bengal. Revel boasts an 8-2 record since turning pro in addition to his 4-1 record as an amateur. A win for either of these fighters would shoot them right to the top of the ladder and put them in line for a future Middleweight Title shot.
205lbs- Graham Park (6-2) vs. Sheldon Doll (7-3)
Graham Park is another fighter who returned from a lengthy layoff with an impressive finish at Unified 36. Park scored a huge KO victory over the previously undefeated Tyler Weran and put himself in line for another step up in competition. Lethbridge’s Sheldon Doll has been on a tear, going 4-0 since returning and moving up to Light-Heavyweight a couple years ago. Doll is set for a Title fight against Kris Lee at Rumble in the Cage next month but a fight between him and Park would set either man up for a possible run towards a Unified title fight in the near future.
On the Rebound
165lbs- Pat Pytlik (7-1) vs. Thomas Richardson (6-1)
165lbs- Menad Abella (5-2) vs. Damian Johnston (4-1)