BTC 1: Genesis Fight Night Recap

Special to BTC Fight Promotions - By Alexander K Lee of TheScore.com

Featherweight: Patrick Connors vs. Jo Petahtegoose
 

Making his professional debut, Patrick Connors rode his grappling to an eventual submission win against Jo Petahtegoose. Connors was the aggressor from the start, taking the action to the mat early and often while working to improve his position. He nearly locked on a choke in Round 1, but Petahtegoose ended up shaking him off. From top position, Petahtegoose managed to advance to mount where he was able to do some damage to the newcomer.

In Round 2, Connors stayed aggressive, once again gaining back control before transitioning to mount. From there, Petahtegoose fought to escape, but wound up having to tap out instead.

Light Heavyweight: Chris Lee Byrne vs. John McPherson

This was a grind-it-out affair between two of the bigger fighters on the card. Chris Lee Byrne almost put this one away early when he trapped John McPherson in an ugly-looking armlock, but McPherson was able to escape. Both fighters showed a lot of heart, swinging away at each other to close the opening round.

Rounds 2 and 3 saw Lee Byrne take advantage of a rapidly fading McPherson, using his wrestling to ground his opponent and work from mount for long stretches of the match. In the end, the judges awarded Lee Byrne a unanimous decision for his efforts.

Bantamweight: Vladimir Kazbekov vs. Josh Rich

In what might have been the Fight of the Night, Vladimir Kazbekov and Josh Rich alternated between some thrilling exchanges on the feet and tactical ground work. It was Kazbekov who proved to be the superior grappler, taking Rich down and scoring points from half guard and side control.

Even with his nose bleeding badly heading into Round 3, Rich stayed in the fight and made it to the final buzzer. All three judges scored the fight in Kazbekov's favour due to his impressive wrestling and ground-and-pound.

Strawweight: Coralie Dixon vs. Anastasia Nikolakakos

Anastasia Nikolakakos was fighting professionally for the first time after compiling an impressive amateur record and she didn't disappoint in her debut. The speedy striker used a seemingly endless amount of lateral movement to befuddle Coralie Dixon. She repeatedly landed hard shots, swarming Dixon against the cage.

To Dixon's credit, she showed one of the best chins on the entire card and she never showed any sign of backing down. However, Nikolakakos eventually opened up with a series of shots on the mat that forced the referee to stop the match in Round 2, earning Nikolakakos her first pro victory.

Lightweight: Krzysztof Dobrzynski vs. Scott Hudson

These two were fighting in a phone booth, clinching up and punishing each other with short shots. It didn't take long for Scott Hudson to take the lead with crunching elbows to Dobrzynski's body and a takedown that developed into an airtight guillotine submission. Dobrzynski was forced to tap out about a minute and a half into the opening round.

Lightweight: Braedon Ward vs. Adam Assenza

Other than some discomfort to his left eye, Adam Assenza's night couldn't have gone much better. He looked loose as a goose from the opening bell, throwing all kinds of advanced striking techniques, most of which seemed to connect on Braedon Ward's head. 90 seconds into the match, Assenza unloaded on Ward to pick up a quick TKO victory.

Featherweight: Khama Worthy vs. Kyle Nelson

Nelson entered this bout with a sterling 10-1 record and he showed why he's rapidly becoming one of Canada's most talked about prospects. The Huntsville native scored the most devastating finish of the night, overwhelming Khama Worthy before knocking him flat onto the mat with a punch right to the chin. He didn't need the referee to tell him this one was over.

Afterwards, Nelson was serenaded with "UFC" chants and he cut a promo agreeing that it's time for him to get the call to the big show.

Light Heavyweight: Matt Van Buren vs. Todd Stoute

Todd Stoute escaped early trouble in this one to claim a hard-fought unanimous decision. It looked like Matt Van Buren's UFC experience would pay off in Round 1 as he managed to tie Stoute up and nearly lock on a fight-ending choke. Stoute stayed patient, listened to his corner, and eventually got himself free.

On the feet, Stoute consistently got the better of the striking exchanges and as it became increasingly difficult for Van Buren to hold him down, Stoute pulled ahead on the scorecards. In the final frame, Stoute even reversed a takedown to earn some top control for himself. In the end, Stoute's hand was raised, but both fighters showed they were worthy of main event status.

BTC 1: Todd "The Black Hulk" Stoute

Todd Stoute is easily one of Ontario MMA's pinnacle light heavyweights currently competing in the regional scene today. He is considered one of the most dangerous heavy handers this province has to offer and with six KO's on his professional record of 8-3 that fact certainly rings true.

Stoute hasn't competed in Toronto, his home city, in close to 5 years and in his return to the "Six" at BTC 1: Genesis on May 27, he will be taking on UFC and Bellator veteran Matt Van Buren. This explosive match-up will conclude the first professional MMA card in Ontario in two years, therefore it is not one to miss.

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BTC 1: Genesis - Anastasia Nikolakakos​

Anastasia Nikolakako is a Toronto based mixed martial artist representing the well-known Grants MMA at BTC 1: Genesis. She is one of the most talented female fighters Ontario has to offer will be making her professional debut under the BTC banner on May 27.

Anastasia is known for her incredible work ethic and talent within the cage. She has amassed an impressive 7-0 record as an amateur, most recently winning an amateur championship in her last bout.

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BTC 1: Genesis - Kyle "The Monster" Nelson

Kyle "The Monster" Nelson is undoubtedly Canada's best featherweight at the moment, amassing a highly impressive professional record of 10-1. Nelson has been a pro MMA fighter since 2012 only losing once in his long and successful tenure.

The Huntsville native is currently on a 3-fight win streak most recently returning from Romania less than a month ago fresh off a victory to warm him up for his upcoming co-main event bout against Khama Worthy. Nelson is determined to make this fight his 12th professional victory and also his ticket to getting a much anticipated call from the UFC.

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BTC 1: Genesis - Patrick Connors

Patrick Connors is a amateur mixed martial artist on the cusp of making his professional debut hailing from Barrie, Ontario. Connors has fought 10 times as an amateur as well became an amateur lightweight champion in that time. The 22-year-old has fought at both featherweight and lightweight and will be taking on Jo Petahtegoose in first professional contest at BTC 1 Genesis on May 27.

For more information about BTC Fight Promotions visit us at btcfightpromo.com or on Facebook @BTCFightPromotions, Twitter @btc_fight_promo and Instagram @btcfightpromotions. Tickets for our inaugural event are on sale now for $35, $55 and $75. We are proud to partner with the Toronto Pro SuperShow.

BTC 1: Genesis - Vladimir Kazbekov

Vladimir Kazbekov is a professional mixed martial artist originally from Vladikavkaz, Russia now residing in the Niagara region. He has dedicated his life to succeeding in MMA, travelling between gyms in Niagara, New Jersey and Oakville. Kazebekov currently boasts a professional MMA record of 1-2-0 that is supported by long amateur MMA career.

The bantamweight will be taking on veteran Josh Rich in his BTC 1: Genesis debut and will look to not only welcome his hometown support to a fight worth the hype, but also build on his longtime dream of being a successful MMA athlete.

For more information about BTC Fight Promotions visit us at btcfightpromo.com or on Facebook @BTCFightPromotions, Twitter @btc_fight_promo and Instagram @btcfightpromotions. Tickets for our inaugural event are on sale now for $35, $55 and $75. We are proud to partner with the Toronto Pro SuperShow.

BTC 1: Genesis - "Clooney" Adam DeFreitas

Adam De Freitas is a former amateur MMA lightweight champion with a record filled to the brim with first round finishes. He is known for having an impressive grappling game and amasses an amateur career record of 4-1-0.

We are excited to have DeFreitas make his much anticipated professional MMA debut under the BTC Fight Promotions banner at BTC 1: Genesis on May 27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

For more information about BTC Fight Promotions visit us at btcfightpromo.com or on Facebook @BTCFightPromotions, Twitter @btc_fight_promo and Instagram @btcfightpromotions. Tickets for our inaugural event are on sale now for $35, $55 and $75. We are proud to partner with the Toronto Pro SuperShow.

BTC 1: Genesis - Adam "Maverick" Assenza

Adam "Maverick" Assenza is one of Ontario MMA’s most well known pro fighters and for good reason. The lightweight hails from Burlington, Ontario and carries a crowd with him when he fights at home. Assenza has fought throughout his native country and the United States showing off his creative style of fighting all while in pursuit of bettering his career. He will be looking to build upon that at BTC 1: Genesis on Saturday, May 27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

 

For more information about BTC Fight Promotions visit us at btcfightpromo.com or on Facebook @BTCFightPromotions, Twitter @btc_fight_promo and Instagram @btcfightpromotions. Tickets for our inaugural event are on sale now for $35, $55 and $75. We are proud to partner with the Toronto Pro SuperShow.