Vacant titles finding owners: BFL 2020 predictions

It’s very rare to see a BFL event take place without multiple title fights, both amateur and professional. This provides their athletes with ample opportunities to call themselves a champion.

Out of 20 possible professional and amateur BFL titles to be won, there are currently seven vacancies in the promotion.

With the professional flyweight, bantamweight, 165-pound and light heavyweight titles, as well as the amateur 165-pound, light heavyweight, and cruiserweight titles all currently looking for new homes, here are seven fighters who could be calling themselves a BFL champion by the end of 2020.

Professional Flyweight: Howie Tan (2-1)

Howie Tan
Howie Tan awaits his hand to be raised following his win at BFL 65.

Although Tan only has three professional fights under his belt, the professional flyweight division doesn’t contain a lot of options. BFL has also shown they won’t shy away from giving title shots to fighters with less experience, if they see potential in them. Training out of Gibson’s MMA, also home to Lance Gibson Jr. and Julia Budd, there’s no question Tan is on the right track to become a champion.

Professional Bantamweight: Ali Wasuk (3-1)

Ali Wasuk
Ali Wasuk in the cage at Hard Knocks 41. (Photo by Hard Knocks Fighting)

This one is kind of a no-brainer. Wasuk was scheduled to fight for the bantamweight title on April 25 at BFL 66 before the event was postponed due to the restrictions surrounding COVID-19. It’s safe to assume he’ll receive that same title shot once a new date is set for the event, and with his lengthy amateur career and current three-fight win streak, Wasuk is primed to become the BFL bantamweight champion.

Professional 165 pounds: Dario Sinagoga (3-0)

Dario Sinagoga
Dario Sinagoga following his victory at BFL 58. (Photo by Nelson Yeo/MMA Sucka)

Since his first appearance on the BFL scene back in 2018, Sinagoga has done nothing but win. His BFL debut was in his final amateur fight. Since then, he wasted no time in putting together an undefeated professional record. Sinagoga has fought at lightweight, 165 pounds, and welterweight, so with the 165-pound title currently sitting vacant, Sinagoga seems like a realistic candidate to wrap it around his waist.

Professional Light Heavyweight: Jared Revel (10-2)

Jared Revel
Jared Revel after winning the BFL middleweight title at BFL 61. (Photo by Nelson Yeo/MMA Sucka)

He hasn’t competed at light heavyweight since 2015, but perhaps a shot at double champ status would intrigue Revel to make the jump up during his UFC pursuit. Revel is currently riding a five-fight win streak, which includes winning the BFL middleweight title at BFL 59 and defending it twice. If indeed Revel is a win or two away from the big show, perhaps he’d be interested in adding a second belt to his collection to show off to the UFC brass.

Amateur 165 pounds: Hugh Gleeson (7-3-1)

Hugh Gleeson
Hugh Gleeson celebrates his win at BFL 57. (Photo by Nelson Yeo/MMA Sucka)

Given his record, it’s surprising Gleeson has yet to receive a title shot. Competing at both lightweight and welterweight throughout his amateur career, 165 pounds seems perfect for Gleeson. He’s coming off a loss his last time out, however, so BFL may want to see a win before he gets a crack at the title. Regardless, Gleeson is due for his shot.

Amateur Light Heavyweight: Ivan Hryshchuk (2-0)

Ivan Hryshchuk
Ivan Hryshchuk prepares for war at XFC 11. (Photo by Joel Griffith)

He may only have two fights to his name, but Hryshchuk is a killer. He made quick work of both his opponents so far, scoring first round knockouts in both contests. Whether it’s his next fight or the one after that, Hryshchuk is undoubtedly on the short list to collect this belt.

Amateur Cruiserweight: Jag Bhullar (1-0)

Jag Bhullar
Jag Bhullar

Another no-brainer as Bhullar was scheduled to compete for this title at BFL 66 before it was postponed. Bhullar is the younger brother of former UFC fighter, and current ONE Championship fighter, Arjan Bhullar. Assuming he receives the title shot again once the card is rescheduled, Bhullar is in prime shape to collect his first title.