Cody Chovancek

NTT Undefeated March 2022

Niagara Top Team Undefeated

Clockwise from left- Cody Chovancek, Vinny Dias, Kevin Popowick-Bastien, Vladimir Kazbekov, Zack Powell

Niagara Top Team Undefeated

The first weekend of March 2022 was a good one for St Catharines based Niagara Top Team, with team members going 5-0 in 3 separate events and in 2 different countries.

On Friday night Vladimir Kazbekov KO’d the “KO King” Joey Gomez in 18 seconds at CES 66 in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Also on Friday night, Zack Powell earned his third victory as a member of NTT since moving from Quebec to join the team.  “Pow Pow” dominated his game opponent at Unified MMA 43 in Edson, Alberta, and earned a well deserved unanimous decision.

Saturday night had 3 NTT athletes compete at BTC 14 in London, Ontario.

Like both Ashley Nichols (who won last weekend) and Zack Powell, Kevin Popowick-Bastien moved to Niagara to join NTT, and he has become one of the most dedicated and hard working members of the gym. This dedication was obvious to everyone who watched his fight as he displayed superb striking and perhaps an even better ground game, as it was an arm-triangle choke in the second round that gave him his first win as a professional.

Cody Chovancek needed only 2 minutes to put away his opponent with a nasty Rear Naked Choke submission, which is a testament to his hard work in the gym. He is clearly an athlete to carry the NTT torch long into the future.

In the second round of BTC Fight’s $10,000 Bantamweight Tournament, Vinny Dias’ victory over Izzudeen Atmeh keeps him undefeated as a pro with a record of 3-0. In his combined 6 amateur and professional victories this unanimous decision was his first win that did not come via submission, but this was a terrific opportunity for him to learn that he can still push the pace late into a fight, a skill that will serve him well when he faces Albaraa Atmeh in the finals in June.

Scott Hudson and Xavier Nash battled to a razor thin split decision in the evening’s co-main event, and both fighters train part time at NTT. They accepted this fight when each of their original opponents fell through on fight week. What makes this match up even more special is that the pair train together often, so kudos to both of them for being the professionals that they are.

NTT Jan 2022

NTT Ready To Punch 2022 Right In The Face


Photo by Elyane Rogier

As Niagara Top Team approaches our third anniversary, 2022 is shaping up to be our most successful and productive year to date.

Despite the challenges faced by Covid restrictions we are so fortunate and thankful to have had such a loyal and dedicated student base, and appreciate each and every one of you.

From our Marvelous Mini Martial Artists, to our Killer Kids, to our Awesome Adults, the coaching staff has been blown away by all of the dedication and progress that we’ve seen, and the fact that all of our students are so positive, friendly, and respectful is a huge bonus.

Whether you’re training for fun, fitness, or getting ready for competition, we’re thrilled that you’ve chosen us to be on your journey with you.

Let’s show 2022 who’s boss!


Head Coaches Matt DiMarcantonio and Chris Prickett


The Niagara Top Team competitive athletes are all chomping at the bit to show the world what they’ve been doing behind the scenes.

22 Jan – Without a doubt the most high profile and eagerly anticipated fight in the history of our Team, Jasmine Jasudavicius will be leaving for Las Vegas this week to get ready for her UFC debut, when she faces American Kay Hansen at UFC 270: Ngannou vs Gane, in Anaheim, California on January 22nd.

Jasmine earned her spot in the world’s largest MMA organization by defeating Julia Polastri at Dana White’s Contender Series 39 in September.

29 Jan – Aaron Jeffery will be making his first title defence of his Cage Fury Fight Club (CFFC) Middleweight crown when he takes on Pennsylvania’s Rex Harris at CFFC 105 in Philadelphia on January 29th.

It is said that a champion isn’t a Champion until they defend their belt, and as he always does, Aaron has been putting in the work on the mats day in and day out to make sure that he’s ready, and we’re confident that that his success will continue in 2022.

11 Feb – Sporting a 10-1 professional record, Anthony Romero has already proven that he is one of Canada’s top lightweight fighters, and will continue to make his case when he faces Nashville’s Charlie Alexander in the main event of Fury FC 57 in Humble, Texas on February 11th, for the Fury FC Lightweight Title.

25 Feb – Ashley Nichols might be an unfamilar name to followers of Niagara Top Team…for now. This 5-time World Professional MuayThai Federation Champion and K-1 Kickboxing Champion is an accomplished striker who has also had MMA fights in both the TKO and Invicta organizations.

Ashley visited NTT last fall, and must have liked it because she moved to Niagara permanently shortly after and has quickly become one of our most dedicated athletes. We’ll see if this dedication pays off when she steps into the Legacy Fighting Alliance cage against Hilarie Rose on February 25th.

05 Mar – BTC Fight Promotions continues it’s push to be the pre-eminent MMA organization in Eastern, and perhaps all of Canada, when it holds it’s 14th event, on March 5th in London, Ontario. This event, titled CLASH, will feature a handful of NTT fighters. Look to see our standout athletes Xavier Nash, Cody Chovancek, Luke Roberts, and Vinny Dias on the card.

09 April – A dual citizen from both Canada and the United States, Mike Malott spends many of his days as a coach at the lauded Team Alpha Male in Sacramento. His family, however, lives in the Burlington area, and when he’s in town he often avails himself of the high-level coaches and training partners at Niagara Top Team.

Like Jasmine Jasudavicius, he also won entry into the UFC by way of a victory at DWCS, and his UFC debut “Proper” will take place at UFC 273 in Brooklyn, NY versus Mickey Gall.

Teshay Gouthro – There is a possibility that Teshay may be joining Ashley Nichols on the LFA card, and we’ll update you when we know more.

Zackery Powell – After the disappointing last-second Covid-cancellation of the TOFC event scheduled for Niagara Falls in December in which he was set to fight, “Pow Pow” is desperately searching for a last minute fight…anywhere. If you’re a promoter who’s looking for a tough and skilled lightweight, please reach out to us.

Also currently looking for fights are professionals Jarred Dummond and Kevin Bastien Popowick, and amateurs Alex Moher, Ligrit Sadiku, and Khaya MacKillop.

Niagara Top Team athletes are skilled, professional, in-shape, and always come ready to represent one of the top MMA gyms in Canada!