Predictions: BTC 18

BTC Fight Promotions is set to close out 2022 with a solid card at BTC 18, which will be headlined by two-time UFC veteran Jesse Ronson.

Here are my picks for the card:

Jesse Ronson (21-12) vs. Nordin Asrih (29-10-1): PRO 165 pounds FIGHT PREVIEW

Ronson is going to be motivated as hell after his UFC release. And while Asrih’s record and recent run is impressive, he is 44 years old and hasn’t fought since 2019. Give me Ronson anyway he wants.

Prediction: Ronson wins via TKO.

Adam Assenza (16-7) vs. Alexander Barahona (12-9): PRO Lightweight

Assenza is looking to get back on the right track after having his winning streak snapped his last time out at LFA 139. Although Barahona’s record might not jump off the page, he has fought some very solid competition. However, I expect the pace of Assenza to be too much for Barahona here.

Prediction: Assenza wins via decision.

Cody Chovancek (3-0) vs. Nate Small (2-1): PRO Bantamweight

Chovancek is one of the more promising bantamweight prospects in Canada and while Small is solid himself, I don’t see this being the matchup that Chovancek loses his 0.

Prediction: Chovancek wins via submission.

Bilal Mutmayen (1-0) vs. Matt Rusniak (2-1): PRO Welterweight

We don’t know very much at all of Mutmayen other than he had an impressive professional debut. I might end up looking foolish in this one, but I’m rolling with the more experienced Rusniak due to all the question marks surrounding Mutmayen.

Prediction: Rusniak wins via TKO.

Kevin Popowick-Bastien (2-2) vs. Jamie Flick (1-2): PRO 165 pounds

After starting his professional career 0-2, Popowick-Bastien appears to have righted the ship. I don’t really see anywhere that Flick can pose a threat in this matchup.

Prediction: Popowick-Bastien wins via submission.

Matt Smith (1-0) vs. Matt Bednarek (0-1): PRO Welterweight

This is the toughest fight to call for me and would not be surprised to see either guy get his hand raised. I’m going to roll with Bednarek to pick up his first professional win.

Prediction: Bednarek wins via submission.

Mike Meade (0-1) vs. Chester Post (8-27-1): PRO Heavyweight

Wild matchup here. One professional fight taking on 36 professional fights. Meade looked very promising as an amateur and while he did drop his professional debut, I can’t see him losing this one.

Prediction: Meade wins via knockout.