Burlington, ON — Over the years, Ontario’s BTC has become one of the prominent promoters of mixed martial arts in Canada. In Ontario, where MMA events were few and far between during the pandemic, Usually the only game in town
This makes the launch of the company’s Challenger Series at BTC 16 even more significant.
Launching at the Central Arena in Burlington, Ontario on Saturday night, the BTC 16: Challenger Series 1 delivers a hilarious and serious leg-breaking performance.
After Cody Kent’s 31s TKO by Keyano Young kicks off. It was Matt Smith and Curtis Richard’s scrap that saw the tragedy happen. Revoking memories of Anderson Silva and Chris Wildman, Richard fired a low shot in the second round that broke his leg while connected to Smith. Richard immediately went down. The umpire jumped in to wave to the fight. and made room for doctors to enter.
Richard left the cage with applause from the crowd. Along with scenes that warn of how dangerous this sport is.
Curtis Richards just broke his leg from kicking Matt. Smith checks here at #BTC16 – A rough ending with fun battles up to that point. Reminiscent of Silva, Wildman, etc. Clap your hands to the hospital (obviously). Wish you all the best. pic.twitter.com/lcheIAwXvO
– Press Cageside (@Cagesidepress) 9 July 2022
One bout later, Ryan Yapsam made his professional bantamweight debut against Amin Almelik and impressed quite a bit. Fighting from Ajax, Ontario, Yapsum hosted an amateur bout in 2016 against Tony Laramie, where his brother TJ recently played for the UFC, losing the match. Some took a break from MMA to train in each field, competing in boxing, wrestling, BJJ and Muay Thai, winning national championships later.
Looking back, Yapsam showed off his all-round skills on Saturday night. using his wrestling in the first round before tearing apart the opponent’s body with a second kick This was followed by a spectacular high kick before Yapsam returned to fight in round 3 competing for a unanimous score win.
Bellator’s Kevin Popowick-Bastien and Bellator’s Aaron Jeffery were in the corner, sending lightweight first-lap bareback Charles Azoulay with a bareback shock to record his record at 2-2. Azoulay walked away looking for an inspired selection. In Hoist the Colors, but Popowick-Bastien walking away with victory
Armenia-Canadian light heavyweight Dorjan Dokaj improved to 3-1 with a one-sided defeat of Nick Klein, who eventually waved away in third. But it’s arguably the main thing that stole the show. That prompted Thunder Bay native Bobby Poulter to perform a performance inspired by American LFA veteran Nelly Thompson, smashing Thompson with a knee and an uppercut on his way to TKO. halfway of the first round
The victory brought Poulter back from the first loss in his career. This was clearly a motivational factor in the fight.
Meanwhile, the main event of BTC 16 saw the featherweight version of Cody Chovancek earning his third victory. By improving it to 3-1 and giving Jake Geauvreau his first loss as a professional, Chovancek won in the scoreboard. by taking the lead first, which resulted in the unanimous decision of the judges
Full results from BTC 16: Challenger Series 1 are available here, promotions will resume next month, with BTC 17 taking place on Friday August 12, 2022 atin Brampton, Ontario