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BOSIAK HUNGRIER THAN EVER FOR #UNIFIED29

EDMONTON — After falling short in the biggest fight of his career in the summer, Aaron Bosiak is standing at the gates of a shot at redemption.

In June, Bosiak was submitted by Garret Nybakken when they met for the Unified MMA Lightweight Championship, and now they’ll meet again with the title on the line at Unified MMA 29 on December 16 in Edmonton.

“I got caught,” Bosiak, now 4-1, says of his first fight with Nybakken. “The fight didn’t go anything like I planned or expected.”

Bosiak, who was undefeated going into the fight, was shocked by the outcome. He was disappointed to not bring home the belt, of course, but he was even more upset he couldn’t give his fans a show.

“Nothing would mean more to me than getting that belt, but I really just want to have the fight that we were supposed to have in the first place — I thought we were going to see a war,” Bosiak says. “This fight wasn’t at all what I was looking for in my performance, and the fight wasn’t nearly as exciting as it should’ve been, or as people expected it to be.”

How does Bosiak predict the rematch will differ from the first bout?

“This fight is going to go a lot differently because I’m coming in aggressive, like I always do, but in our first fight I let the nerves get the better of me. It was the biggest fight of my career, it was early in my career, and I got caught up in the hype,” Bosiak says.

“I almost felt invincible, and now I just feel hungry. I’m hungrier than ever.”

All tables and VIP tickets are currently sold out for Unified MMA 29 on December 16 in Edmonton. General admission tickets are available at www.UnifiedMMA.ca/tickets.

Unified MMA 29 will be headlined by three championship bouts on December 16 in Edmonton.

In the main event, Canada’s top heavyweight Tanner Boser will defend his Unified MMA Heavyweight Championship against Texas striker Marcus Sursa.

Boser, 11-2, holds wins over two UFC vets and is coming off back-to-back title wins in Edmonton. Sursa, meanwhile, is a hard-hitting Blackhouse MMA fighter who’s racked up 16 wins as a professional heavyweight, not including pro kickboxing bouts with GLORY.

In the other co-main event bout, Teddy Ash takes on Brendan Kornberger for the vacant Unified MMA Middleweight Championship.

Ash, a hard-hitting Fort McMurray product, is gunning for his third straight, first-round finish, while Richmond, B.C.’s Kornberger tries to notch his sixth stoppage victory.

In Mike Scarcello’s ninth trip to the Unified MMA cage, the surging lightweight will take on his toughest assignment yet, Prince Edward Island’s Lenny Wheeler, who’s finished three of his past four opponents in less than a minute.

Montreal-born Edmonton fighter Menad Abella will look to remain undefeated, and improve to 4-0, versus three-time Unified MMA vet Dustin Greentree, who is 2-1 as a pro after a standout 4-0 amateur career.

In preliminary card action, heavyweight prospect Christian Larson tries to continue his undefeated warpath against Josh Heinz, who has three wins by first-round stoppage.

In a rematch that’s been nearly 18 months in the making, Jake Poitras looks to avenge his 2015 knockout loss to Jordan Bittner.

To open up the action, Saskatoon fighters Blair Turnquist and Cory Chambers will make their Unified MMA debuts versus Phil Engeroff and Gurjeet Bilkhu, respectively.

All tables and VIP tickets are currently sold out for Unified MMA 29 on December 16 in Edmonton. General admission tickets are available at www.UnifiedMMA.ca/tickets.

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