Who’s Next… BFL 71

BFL 71 went down last Thursday in Vancouver, B.C. and featured a full slate of young, up-and-coming talent including Dario Sinagoga, Saeid Mirzaei and Jonathan Broad.

Keep in mind, in most cases, the matchups listed here are hypothetical and have not been announced or rumoured 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.

Dario Sinagoga (6-0) vs. Achilles Estremadura or DWCS opponent

Sinagoga was able to keep his undefeated record intact, taking a unanimous decision over Kyran Cameron. There were rumours swirling that the winner of Sinagoga vs. Cameron would receive a shot on Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS), so if that’s true, that’s where Sinagoga’s headed next. If not, a matchup with BFL lightweight champion Estremadura seems like the only logical option next within BFL.

Saeid Mirzaei (3-0-1) vs. Leo Xavier (5-1-1)

Despite a lengthy layoff, Mirzaei looked as good as ever, submitting Bobby Poulter in the first round. Given his track record and significant experience from his amateur career, Mirzaei is more than ready for yet another step up in competition. Xavier would provide another solid test for the undefeated Mirzaei and put him one step closer to a title shot.

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

McAloon was as impressive as can be in a dominant grappling-heavy unanimous decision win over Jonathan Broad. McAloon has faced three straight young, up-and-coming prospects and has defeated two of them. He may be in for a more experienced test next and a matchup with Kwiatkowski would be guaranteed fireworks from start to finish.

John Nguyen (4-2) vs. Nicolas Ouellet (2-0)

In what was fight of the night, Nguyen took a unanimous decision over a very tough Gagan Gill. Now riding a two-fight win streak in the BFL cage, a matchup with another emerging featherweight in Ouellet would make a lot of sense. And given the BFL featherweight title is vacant, why not make it for BFL gold?

Indroop Virk (2-1) vs. Howie Tan (2-1)

Virk was able to right the ship perfectly after his first career loss, submitting Noah Crosswell in the first round. Naturally a flyweight, matchups are hard to come by for Virk in the division. Tan would fit the bill for a suitable next opponent, but if not Virk may need to jump up to bantamweight again to remain active.

Mani El-Hefnawy (1-0) vs. Mitch Strazzella (1-0)

El-Hefnawy had a successful professional debut, taking a unanimous decision in a three-round war with Amin Almelik. He should have plenty of options for his next bout, but a matchup with another striker in Strazzella would make for a very exciting and intriguing fight.

Damon Marlow (1-0) vs. Gwyn Berry (1-0)

Fighting up a weight class, Marlow wasn’t phased as he was able to score the third round TKO finish of Matt Lepper in his professional debut. Assuming he moves back down to featherweight, a matchup with a striker like Berry would pose a good challenge and make for a solid stylistic clash.

On the rebound:

Kyran Cameron (5-2) vs. Christian Tremayne (3-2)

Bobby Poulter (3-1) vs. Rafael Palomeque (2-4)

Jonathan Broad (2-1) vs. Austin Batra (0-2)

Gagan Gill (3-2) vs. Taylor Christopher (2-0)

Noah Crosswell (0-2) vs. Amin Almelik (0-1)

Matt Lepper (0-1) vs. Russ McCumber (1-0)

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