Top Canadian contenders headline Unified 44 in Calgary

Mar 24, 2022

CALGARY – The Main Event and Co-Main Event are set for Unified MMA’s highly anticipated debut in Calgary, with Unified 44 on May 6 at Tsuut’ina Nation, LIVE on UFC Fight Pass.

In the Main Event, Noah “The Chosen Defender” Ali (10-5) takes on Gabe Sagman (7-4) for the vacant Unified MMA Bantamweight Championship. 

A professional since 2010, Ali brings a 10-5 record into battle after most recently defeating fellow top prospect Michael Hay via body-kick TKO at Unified 39. Seven of the Calgary product’s victories are by stoppage (five submissions, two knockouts). Sagman, meanwhile, tries to improve to 8-4 in his Unified MMA debut. The Hamilton, ON submission specialist eyes his third straight win, and fourth victory by submission, since making his pro debut in 2014.

In the Co-Main Event, Jesse “Big Cat” Arnett (18-8) and Tom “Big Nasty” O’Connor (9-2) meet in a battle of top Canadian featherweights making their debuts in the Unified MMA cage.

Arnett, a professional since 2011, has long been regarded as one of Canada’s most dangerous fighters. The Calgary fighter has 11 victories by submission and three wins by knockout. O’Connor, meanwhile, boasts a 9-2 record into May 6. He’s won eight of his past nine bouts, with seven wins by stoppage (four submissions, three knockouts) since his 2014 pro debut.

More fight announcements will be made soon for Unified 44, including former Unified MMA Champion Tim “Shady” Smith (15-10), Ontario’s Zack Powell (5-1), Ali Charkie (2-1), Sean Michaels (1-0), and much more.


Unified MMA is Canada’s leading mixed martial arts promotion, showcasing the country’s top-ranked fighters, LIVE on UFC Fight Pass. The organization has successfully promoted 43 events since it was founded in 2009, and has propelled several athletes to the UFC’s Octagon.