NTT's Chovancek and Popowick-Bastien Victorious at BTC 16
By Brian Appel
What a night of fights in Burlington last night!
It was the first of the BTC Challenger Series, and it did not disappoint.
Cody Chovancek was the main event and what a fight it was.
This was a high action, high pace bout that allowed Cody to display how well rounded he is. Cody attacked the lead leg of his opponent early in the first round and remained super defensively responsible as his opponent was moving forward throwing huge shots. As Cody gained an advantage on the feet his opponent began to shoot in for takedowns. Cody made defending them look easy scoring a takedown of his own more times than not. Cody’s opponent is known as a submission artist and every attempt he made Cody was already a step ahead shutting down the attempt early on, including a massive slam late in the second as his opponent was looking for what appeared to be a standing guillotine. Headed into the third Cody was clearly up 2 rounds and the third was no different. Cody was absolutely dominant against a tough opponent and took the UD 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.
Kevin Popowick-Bastien put on a performance that was as close to perfect as you can get. He pressured his opponent while maintaining his own range. He showcased his ability to get in land some big shots and get right back out again receiving little to no damage. Kevin was able to get his opponent to the ground where he quickly made his way to the back and relentlessly attacked for a finish which eventually came at 4:08 of the first round, RNC finish. HARD WORK!
Luke Roberts was supposed to fight as well, made weight and was ready to rock. Unfortunately 10am fight day he found out his opponent pulled out.