Top Canadian featherweights battle at Unified 55 in Toronto

Dec 1, 2023

TORONTO – John “The Dragon” Nguyen will defend his Unified MMA Canadian Featherweight Championship for the first time against Contender Series vet Mateo “Carrapato” Vogel at Unified 55 on Jan. 19 at Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto, LIVE on UFC Fight Pass.

Nguyen is 6-3 on the strength of back-to-back stoppage victories. The Calgary product defeated Maged Hammo via first-round KO to win the belt in the Main Event of Unified 52 in September. All but one of his wins have come by stoppage (four KOs, one submission).

Vogel is making his Unified MMA debut after his most recent fight was in front of UFC President Dana White in Las Vegas. The Ottawa fighter’s 8-3 record is comprised of five submissions and a KO. He holds victories over current UFC fighters Garrett Armfield and Serhiy Sidey.

Unified 55 features a full slate of other can’t-miss fights, including Pat Pytlik (8-1) versus Ryan Leininger (10-4) in welterweight action in the Main Event, a long-awaited featherweight grudge match between Teshay Gouthro (7-2) and Michael Imperato (11-6), a highly anticipated lightweight showdown between Angel Mercado (6-1) and Matt Speciale (5-1), and much, 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 53 events across Canada since it was founded in 2009, and has propelled several athletes to the UFC’s Octagon.