Who’s Next… BFL 69

Battlefield Fight League held another set of back-to-back events two weekend’s ago and were once again live on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event of BFL 69, Caio Machado defended his heavyweight title against Lee Mein, who stepped in on short notice to save the bout. We also saw a slew of exciting prospects emerge.

Keep in mind, in most cases, the matchups listed here are hypothetical and have not been announced or rumored to be taking place, unless otherwise noted.

Let us know your thoughts on who should be next for the big winners and the rest of the card, and who you think would win our hypothetical matchups.

Caio Machado (6-1-1) vs. Christian Larsen (6-2)

After his win, Machado called for Tanner Boser. If he wants to get to the UFC, he may need to go through Dana White’s Contender Series. If that doesn’t happen, he may still owe the Unified MMA heavyweight champ a rematch of their summer bout. Larsen took the bout on short notice and has invited Machado to come to come try to take his title following his last title defence.

Nicolas Ouellet (2-0) vs. Gwyn Berry (1-0)

Through a pair of professional and a pair of amateur fights, Ouellet is a perfect four-for-four in first round submission finishes against solid competition. Berry boasts a strong amateur record of 7-2 and also picked up a win in his professional debut at BFL 69. Easy matchmaking here.

Leo Xavier (5-1-1) vs. Dejan Kajic (13-7-2)

Xavier returned to the cage after a four-year layoff and showed no signs of rust as he took a unanimous decision win. That victory propelled Xavier right to the number one contender slot on the BFL rankings. With that being said, it’s likely we could finally see this bout, which was originally planned for way back in 2014.

Austin Russell (2-0) vs. Craig Maclean (5-4)

Russell pulled off the upset of the night when he finished the previously unbeaten Indroop Virk with a first round guillotine choke. Russell would love to keep the momentum going and a fight with an experienced veteran in Maclean would be the perfect test for the prospect.

Jonathan Broad (2-0) vs. Bobby Poulter (3-0)

Broad is another promising prospect who has put together four finishes in quick succession over the last couple years in the BFL cage. Broad could leapfrog a lot of ranked fighters ahead of him with a dynamite matchup with fellow unbeaten prospect Poulter.

On the rebound:

Lee Mein (11-16) vs. Justin Doege (3-2)

Mike McAloon (4-3) vs. Josh Kwiatkowski (5-4)

Rafael Palomeque (2-3) vs. Keanan Kellar (2-2)

Indroop Virk (1-1) vs. Mitch Strazzella (1-0)

Kenny Pope (0-1) vs. Mac Laursen (0-1)

Seth Connor (1-3) vs. Cleve Bentley (2-4)