Hague, Lopez will clash for the crown at #Unified25

Nov 9, 2015

EDMONTON — Heavyweight gold will be on the line at Unified MMA 25, Dec. 18 in Edmonton.

Unified MMA heavyweight titlist Tim Hague, a five-time UFC vet, will clash with Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez, who will be looking to notch the 35th stoppage win of his decade-long career in the cage.

“This is a fight that has been years in the making and we were bound to butt heads one of these days,” Hague, who’s scored impressive stoppage wins in four of his past five outings, says with a laugh. “I haven’t really seen many of his fights; I just know he’s a tough hombre — and that’s exactly the kind of fight I like.”

This fight is also right up Lopez’s alley, so to speak.

“Tim is a known fighter and this is going to be an exciting fight. He thinks he’s going to beat me, and I think I’m going to beat him,” Lopez says, laughing.

“This is exactly the kind of fight that brings out the best in me. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Both heavyweight fighters agree scorecards won’t be necessary when the cage door locks in December.

“Tony’s tough, he’s durable and he’s been around, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the fight going into the second round,” Hague says, “but I’ve always got that one-punch K.O. power, so I’m hoping to put it away inside the first minute.”

“You know what? This won’t be a decision,” Lopez counters. “Throughout my career, I was always told not to let anyone else decide who wins. I’m not one who likes to go the distance and let someone else pick the winner.

“No judge will decide who wins this fight.”

In other Unified MMA 25 action, former Unified featherweight champ and Complete Fitness and Martial Arts product Parwez Ghulam, who’s posted stoppages in his five career victories, will meet Brazilian K.O. artist Bruno Marques. Undefeated CFMA lightweight Aaron Bosiak will meet Black Sheep MMA 155-pound brawler Ty Collier, who’s scored two KO wins in 2015. Hayabusa lightweight Matt Spisak, a winner in eight of his past 10 outings, will lock horns with Edmonton’s Justin Nanaquawetung, who’s riding high with three straight first-round finishes.