Who’s Next… BTC 14

BTC 14 is in the books and featured plenty of finishes, as well as well-matched fights. Adam Assenza and Scott Hudson saw their winning streaks extended, while Chris Lee Byrne was victorious in his first fight since before the pandemic.

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.

Adam Assenza (15-6) vs. Shane Campbell (22-8)

Assenza extended his winning streak to an impressive five with a dominant unanimous decision win over Kazuma Maruyama. While a shot in the UFC, Bellator or Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) is not out of the question next, an all-Canadian matchup with Campbell would also make a lot of sense for both fighters if neither are signed in the coming months.

Scott Hudson (13-5-1) vs. Major promotion opponent

Hudson continued his winning ways once again, taking a split decision over Xavier Nash and extending his winning streak to six. Hudson has not tasted defeat since 2018. It’s always a guess as to how or when a major promotion may sign a fighter, but Hudson’s resume is certainly deserving of a call to the UFC, Bellator or a shot on DWCS.

Chris Lee Byrne (5-1) vs. Graham Park (8-3)

In his first action since 2019, Lee Byrne defeated a more experienced Simon Marini via unanimous decision. As far as his next opponent, it should be easy matchmaking as Park made a respectful callout of Lee Byrne on Instagram following his win. Whether it’s under the Unified MMA or BTC banner, this matchup would make sense for both fighters and is one they both want.

Kevin Popowick-Bastien (1-2) vs. Adam De Freitas (1-2)

Popowick-Bastien picked up his first professional win in impressive fashion, submitting Patrick MacInnis in the second round via arm triangle choke. Much like Popowick-Bastien, De Freitas’ record is a little deceiving due to the tough competition he’s faced to kick off his professional career. This would be a good, fair test for both fighters next.

Jake Geauvreau (2-0) vs. Cody Chovancek (2-0)

Geauvreau continued to impress at his young age, picking up the quick and painless first round submission win over Ryan Hollenbeck, while Chovancek also had a quick night at the office, submitting Nicky Heinrichs in the first round. Easy matchmaking for both guys next as Chovancek called out Geauvreau in his post-fight interview and Geauvreau accepted. Great fight.

Vinny Dias (3-0) vs. Albaraa Atmeh (2-0)

Dias was able to negate the dangerous striking of Izzudeen Atmeh and take a dominant unanimous decision in the semi-finals of the BTC $10k bantamweight tournament. There’s no speculation as to who he fights next as he will meet Izzudeen’s brother, Albaraa, in the finals in June in an identical stylistic matchup.

Seth Connor (2-4) vs. Isaiah Metituk (1-2)

Connor was able to snap his two-fight losing skid with a first round submission of Broderick Rene. Having now faced three strikers in a row, facing a grappler like himself in Metituk next would pose an interesting matchup. Metituk’s most recent win also happens to be a submission of Rene.

Liam Gallagher (1-0) vs. Ariel Zuniga (2-1)

Despite facing a little adversity early in the fight, Gallagher’s professional debut was a success as he submitted Dylan McIlvenny in the third round. Gallagher has yet to taste defeat as a professional or amateur and will likely have a hard time finding willing opponents. If Zuniga is up for the challenge, this would be a great test for Gallagher next.

Gina Ghalehpardaz (1-1) vs. Binaebi Otoru (1-2)

After accepting the fight on short notice, Ghalehpardaz picked up his first professional win in impressive fashion, submitting Nate Ledger in the first round. Having also just defeated Ledger, a matchup with Otoru could make sense and also make for a fun fight.

On the rebound:

Xavier Nash (6-5) vs. Tom Theocharis (4-4)

Simon Marini (9-8) vs. Chester Post (12-27-1)

Patrick MacInnis (0-1) vs. Davis Rapagna (0-1)

Ryan Hollenbeck (0-1) vs. Keyano Young (0-1)

Nicky Heinrichs (0-1) vs. Luke Roberts (0-0-1)

Izzudeen Atmeh (2-2) vs. Harley King (1-1)

Broderick Rene (0-2) vs. Dylan McIlvenny (1-2)

Nathan Ledger (0-4) vs. Sam Debalke (1-2)