Who’s Next… BTC 11

BTC 11 wrapped up an MMA-filled weekend in Edmonton and saw some young prospects shine through. This was BTC Fight Promotion’s second straight event in Western Canada before heading back to their Ontario roots next month. In this article, we’ll be looking at who could be next for each professional fighter on the card.

Keep in mind, in most cases, the matchups listed here are hypothetical and have not been announced or rumoured to be taking place, unless otherwise noted.

Let us know your thoughts on who should be next for the big winners and the rest of the card, and who you think would win our hypothetical matchups.

Matt Krayco (8-8-1) vs. Nick Hrabec (8-5)

Krayco is coming off an impressive first round finish of Tim Smith in the main event, while Hrabec is coming off an equally impressive finish the night before at Unified MMA 40. Due to his record not accurately reflecting his skill level, Krayco has had a difficult time finding fights when he’s healthy. Hrabec is due for another veteran test and Krayco will fight anyone, anywhere, any night.

Colton Cronkite (4-0) vs. Julien Leblanc (5-2)

Cronkite faced his toughest test of his professional career in Chris Chapman, yet still extended his first round finish streak. Given the result, Cronkite should receive another step up in competition to see where he’s truly at as he approaches the potential Dana White’s Contender Series realm. A skilled and tough Leblanc would be the perfect test.

Izzudeen Atmeh (1-1) vs. Harley King (1-0)

Atmeh showed a much-improved ground game and takedown defence to go along with his crisp striking in his second round knockout win over Isaiah Metituk. A matchup with King would be another good showcase for Atmeh’s striking and improved ground game, as well as a good opportunity for King against another young prospect like himself.

Oren Hanscomb (1-0) vs. Kirk Tse (2-0)

In his first fight in over seven years, Hanscomb showed absolutely no signs of rust in a unanimous decision over Dylan McIlvenny. He showed he doesn’t need to be eased back into action if he’s looking to remain active moving forward and a matchup with Tse would present a tough test for the Zuma product.

Albaraa Atmeh (1-0) vs. Austin Russell (1-0)

Much like his younger brother, Atmeh put on a striking clinic, as well as displayed solid takedown defence, in a decision win over Devon Lozej. Atmeh possesses some of the sharpest striking in Canada’s bantamweight division and a matchup with Russell would be a true showcase for him in what could be an all out war.

On the rebound:

Tim Smith (14-11) vs. Behrang Yousefi (8-7)

Chris Chapman (3-2) vs. Joel Odorski (2-0)

Isaiah Metituk (1-2) vs. Ryan Williams (1-2)

Dylan McIlvenny (1-1) vs. Broderick Rene (0-1)

Devon Lozej (0-1) vs. Nic Kambasis (1-1)

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