Unified 48’s Vlad Kazbekov wants exciting fights and a UFC deal

Dec 13, 2022

TORONTO – Don’t blink when Vlad Kazbekov steps into the cage Friday at Unified 48 in Toronto.

The hard-hitting featherweight takes aim at his eighth victory in his Unified MMA debut at the International Centre Hall 3, LIVE on UFC Fight Pass.

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“Every fight I’ve been a part of, it’s been the fight of the night,” Kazbekov says heading into his bout with Jesse Stirn (13-6).

“This is going to be the most exciting fight of the night, or I’m gonna put the guy down early.”

Kazbekov predicts a TKO victory over his opponent from the United States. Another win will up his record to 8-4. He hopes another exciting victory this weekend lands him an opportunity to compete in the UFC’s Octagon in 2023.

“My goal in MMA is to get signed by the UFC. I don’t want anything else. Money is not what I’m chasing. I’d fight in the UFC for free,” he says.

“I’m not chasing titles, but if I need to get the belt with Unified to get signed by the UFC, then I’ll be more than happy to do that. I just need to get to the UFC.”


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 47 events since it was founded in 2009, and has propelled several athletes to the UFC’s Octagon.