Jan 30, 2016

EDMONTON — Matt Spisak has a new assignment for #Unified26, March 4 in Edmonton: Calgary standout Noah Ali.

Spisak, a winner of five straight fights, was originally slated to clash with Parwez Ghulam, but Ghulam had to withdraw from the bout due to injury.

Spisak was looking forward to throwing down with Ghulam, but he’s just as excited to enter the #UnifiedMMA cage with Ali, a professional fighter since 2012 who has five first-round stoppages on his resume.

“This is a great opponent,” Spisak says. “He’s coming off a fight with a very tough fighter, who he went three rounds with. He’s going to bring it. He’s going to be prepared, he’s got skills but, most importantly, I know he’s going to bring it.”

Similarly, Ali jumped at the opportunity to test himself against Spisak, who’s coming off back-to-back first-round stoppages under the Unified MMA banner.

“Every fight is the biggest fight of my career, and this is definitely no different,” says Ali, an advanced BJJ purple belt. “Matt is strong, powerful, he has great grappling — I’m looking forward to a great fight.”

Both fighters are eager to win — but they’re more excited to claim another stoppage victory.

“I just know that I’m going to win,” Spisak says. “If the submission is there, I’m going to take it. But I’m also looking for the knockout too. I’m ready to go three hard rounds, but the scorecards won’t be necessary.”

Counters Ali: “To be honest, I can beat him anywhere. I’m just going to go out there and do my thing. I’m a more dangerous striker and I think my grappling is better too. I’ll be the underdog, but the crowd will be silent after I win.”

In the new Unified MMA 26 main event, heavyweights Tim Hague and Tanner Boser will meet in one of the most anticipated rematches in Canadian MMA history, with the winner getting a shot at Tony Lopez’s Unified MMA Heavyweight Championship at #Unified27, May 13 in Edmonton.

Tickets are available www.UnifiedMMA.ca/tickets.