A confident fighter can be a dangerous fighter, and Ryan Rohovich certainly falls into that category.
Coming off three straight first round finishes, Rohovich (4-3) enters his BFL 55 main event lightweight title bout with Achilles Estremadura (2-0) on Saturday night loaded with confidence.
“This was my second time out there, and this time I felt way more like I belonged and like I’m one more step closer,” said Rohovich in an interview.
“I know what I have to do. I know what the job is. I know how he’s going to come out, and I just have to be prepared for that.”
After a successful, undefeated amateur career in which he held two titles for two different promotions, this will be Rohovich’s first crack at championship gold as a professional.
He said this will be the biggest fight of his career, and a victory could potentially pave the path to where he may end up next.
“If you look at the past champions who’ve gone to the UFC, the spotlight is on BFL in Canada,” said Rohovich.
“Winning this title is going to make a name for myself, and the radar will be on me after I win it.”
While Estremadura may have the hometown crowd on his side, Rohovich holds the experience edge, with five more professional fights than his opponent.
Rohovich said he believes his experience edge will work to his advantage and allow him to take his time, and pick and choose his shots.
“You get better, with more experience, at picking your spots, instead of just going for the kill and wearing yourself out,” said Rohovich.
“It’s all about fighting smart now.”
Hot Streaks Collide
When it came to choosing the two combatants to compete for the lightweight title, BFL president Jay Golshani had a long list of legitimate options to choose from.
In the end, Golshani said it came down to the strong recent performances of both Rohovich and Estremadura, combined with their history in BFL.
“Both guys are coming in hot,” said Golshani in an interview.
“So, for that 155 division, these are the top two guys we could match up for the title.”
Estremadura is known for his lethal striking, with both his professional wins and three of his amateur wins coming by knockout or TKO.
Golshani said he expects Estremadura to want to keep the fight standing, while Rohovich should look to take it to the mat and secure a submission.
“It is kind of a striker versus grappler matchup, if you look at it that way, because nobody really wants to stand up with Estremadura,” said Golshani.
“It just comes down to who implements their game plan better.”