Adam Assenza, Vinny Dias among the winners on a short but sweet BTC 15 card

Adam Assenza (left), Vinny Dias (right). Photos by Chris May (Instagram: @sporko)

Quality over quantity was the name of the game for BTC 15 over the weekend.

Due to a handful of bout cancellations, the event was left with six fights on the night, but the action did not disappoint the crowd in attendance in Burlington, Ont.

In the main event, Adam Assenza (now 16-6) continued his assault on the regional scene, finishing Dominic Clark (now 15-12) via TKO in the first round to extend his winning streak to six.

With his current win streak, all against the best competition the regional scene has to offer, Assenza believes he deserves a shot in a big promotion.

“I believe I need my shot in the UFC and I’m going to keep fighting until I get it,” said Assenza in his post-fight interview.

In the co-main event, Vinny Dias (now 4-0) became the BTC $10k bantamweight tournament champion, defeating Albaraa Atmeh (now 2-1) by unanimous decision.

Aside from not finding the finish, Dias said the fight went exactly to plan and said the $10k prize he took home is going to be put to good use.

“The payday just means I can go train at some gyms in the states, spend some time down there and not have to worry too much about teaching here. All it is for me is funding for more training,” said Dias in an interview with MMA Empire.

“It means a lot to be able to set myself apart from the pack. When I first started this tournament, one of my coaches said ‘for you to get your name out there and be Vinny Dias you need to get all these guys out of the way.’ And I felt like I did exactly that. I went in there and, time after time, proved I’m on a different level than these guys. That’s exactly what I have to do to earn my place in the game.”

Dias has proven to be one of Canada’s top young prospects to watch for and could very well have plenty of offers to compete both in Canada and the U.S.A.

Although nothing is set in stone yet, Dias said he feels like he wants to test his skills in a bigger promotion next.

“I don’t know for sure yet, but I think my time with BTC is up,” said Dias.

“I want to fight for whoever cuts the biggest cheque at this point.”

In other action on the card, Ryan Loder came into enemy territory and put on a dominant performance over another top prospect in Dorian Dokaj.

Sterling Michetti, Nate Small and Jarred Dumond were also victorious on the evening.