Rohovich victory earns pair of MMA title shots

Perry Bergson
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Ryan Rohovich, shown sparring with a teammate at LDP Martial Arts last fall, has improved to 4-0 in MMA with another victory.

Ryan Rohovich’s latest victory will soon have him fighting for two more amateur MMA titles.

The Prince Albert fighter went to Regina on the weekend to compete in Saturday Night Fights at the Turvey Centre, beating Derek Gatz out of Sheers in Saskatoon three minutes into the first round.

The win brought Rohovich to 4-0, earning him a future title shot for the promotion. In his third fight, Rohovich won the Prestige Fight Club MMA belt.

In his four fights, he has now won twice by rear naked choke, once by KO and once by TKO.

Rohovich trains at LDP Martial Arts under Lucian Phillips.

Phillips said that Rohovich keeps stopping people and has done it in different ways.

“He’s got a wide variety of tools now that he uses,” Phillips says. “The thing is that his opponents keep getting better and he keeps beating them.”

On April 12, he will fight for another title at the Battle for the Border event in Cranbrook, B.C. He will face Donovan Hack, 22, another 4-0 fighter from Campbell River, B.C.

He will be accompanied to the event by Wesley Bowman, a P.A. fighter who is now 2-1-1. Bowman will face Josh Friesen, who is 1-0. They will fight at 135 pounds.

Bowman also fought in Regina on the weekend, losing to Brad Katona out of the Winnipeg Academy of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA).

Katona, a jiu jitsu purple belt and Canadian national Golden Gloves boxing champ, was able to take advantage of a mistake by Bowman to secure a rear naked choke. The end came a couple minutes into the first round.

“He put his hand on the mat when he shouldn’t have and the guy caught him in a rear choke,” Phillips said. “Otherwise Wesley in the second part was doing well. He was hitting him and the kid grabbed him and took him down. Brad ended up taking Wesley’s back and Wes was doing a great job in defending but made a mistake.”

Meanwhile, Mike Godinez of Prince Albert lost by a calf slicer to Bobby Funk, who is a Revelation Martial Arts fighter out of Steinbach, Man.

“(Godinez) did well, he was doing a great job defending,” Phillips says. “He just got caught in a technique we’ve never done in the gym with him. And the guy had more experience than Mike.”

The end came with a second left in the first round but Phillips says the rare submission isn’t one to fool around with.

“It was a calf slicer and you don’t mess around with those because they can pop your knee and dislocate it and tear ligaments and stuff. It’s not a pleasant submission to be caught in.”

In other action, Jared Funk of Winnipeg beat Prince Albert’s Seth Kanigan in the featherweight championship battle, dropping Kanigan to 3-1.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Winnipeg Academy of Mixed Martial Arts, Turvey Centre Prestige Fight Club MMA

Geographic location: Regina, Saskatoon, Cranbrook Campbell River Winnipeg

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