Teddy Ash talks Unified 33: "Fans are going to be on their feet!"

Apr 27, 2018

EDMONTON — Teddy “Bear” Ash battles Jacob “Kobe” Ortiz for the vacant Unified MMA Light-Heavyweight Championship at Unified 33 on May 11 at River Cree Resort & Casino.

Fight night, the high-flying Fort McMurray contender says, can’t come soon enough.

“My opponent has  a good record — he’s 16-6 and a Bellator vet — so this is exactly the kind of guy I want to fight. From what I can tell, he likes to scrap. He’s a scrappy, tough, gritty kind of guy. He’s got heavy hands and he likes to throw. It’s going to be exciting, man; there are going to be fireworks,” says Ash, a winner of four straight.

“Fans are going to be on their feet, and I can’t wait for it either.”

Ash isn’t one to disrespect his opponents, he says, but he believes Ortiz is in for “the toughest fight of his career.” Ash appreciates Ortiz taking this fight on short notice, after Matt Hamill withdrew from the bout due to injury, but he’s not letting him leave Canada with the belt.

“That belt is going to mean a hell of a lot to me, man,” Ash says. “I hope my opponent brings his A game, because I’m coming in to take his head off.”

In the co-main event of Unified 33, five-time UFC vet Shane “Shaolin” Campbell defends his Unified MMA Lightweight Championship in a heated rematch with Stephen “Big Bad” Beaumont. The event also features, among others, former Unified champ Garret “Nasty” Nybakken, unbeaten welterweight Pat Pytlik, Roger Alves, Neal Anderson, Christian Larsen, Lee Mein and Behrang Yousefi.

A very small amount of tickets to Unified 33, May 11 at River Cree Resort & Casino in Enoch, Alta., are available online at TicketMaster.ca. The event will also be broadcast via pay-per-view on FITE.tv.