Who’s Next… BFL 72

BFL 72 went down April 28 in Vancouver, B.C. and included three title fights, which saw Dejan Kajic, Serhiy Sidey and Mateo Vogel all leave as champions.

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.

Dejan Kajic (14-7-2) vs. Darren Smith (20-12)

Although the bout ended in unfortunate fashion due to injury, Kajic secured his sixth victory in a row in the main event. While a rematch with Saeid Mirzaei should also be in play, his next title defence is rumoured to be against the American, Smith. If it happens, it should be an action-packed fight.

Serhiy Sidey (7-1) vs. DWCS opponent

Sidey cruised to victory over Austin Russell to defend his BFL bantamweight title once again. Since making his BFL debut, Sidey has looked unstoppable in the promotion. While another title defence is certainly possible, with a 7-1 record and currently riding a three-fight win streak it’s a possibility to see him on Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) this summer.

Mateo Vogel (6-2) vs. Craig Shintani (10-4)

Vogel came out on top of a five-round battle with Nicolas Ouellet to become the new BFL featherweight champion. Vogel mentioned he prefers fighting at bantamweight, but if he does look to defend his featherweight title, Shintani would be a worthy challenger and a great test for Vogel.

Ryan Rohovich (5-4) vs. Mike McAloon (5-3)

Less than one minute away from dropping a decision, Rohovich was able to lock in a triangle choke to defeat Josh Kwiatkowski. There are plenty of options for Rohovich next, but a bout with McAloon would be a surefire banger.

Mitch Strazzella (2-0) vs. Austin Russell (3-1)

Strazzella earned his first finish of his professional career with his first round TKO of Matt Hovorka. It might be time for a step up in competition for Strazzella and the former BFL bantamweight title challenger Russell would fit the bill. A victory over Russell could see Strazzella earn a title shot of his own in the near future.

Alana Cook (2-0) vs. Rylie Marchand (4-1 amateur)

Outside of a couple scenarios, Cook looked unstoppable in her decision win over Maria Demers. It’s going to be difficult finding opponents for Cook going forward, but if Marchand is looking to make her professional debut anytime soon that would make for a solid matchup for both.

Oguzhan Yalcin (2-0) vs. Ali Wasuk (4-2)

Yalcin dominated his way to victory over Wesley Bowman, and did not appear to be in any trouble at all over the 15 minutes. This is an easy one to pick as BFL has already confirmed Yalcin will fight Wasuk next.

Tylor Nicholson (2-5) vs. Indroop Virk (2-1)

Known primarily for his striking, Nicholson showed off his grappling in his win over Nate Ledger, earning the first round submission. Nicholson seems to be game for taking on young, up-and-coming prospects and a matchup with Virk would fit that bill.

On the rebound:

Saeid Mirzaei (3-1-1) vs. Dejan Kajic (14-7-2)

Austin Russell (3-1) vs. Mitch Strazzella (2-0)

Nicolas Ouellet (2-1) vs. Gagan Gill (3-2)

Josh Kwiatkowski (5-5) vs. Chris Day (5-7)

Matt Hovorka (1-3) vs. Wesley Bowman (0-3)

Maria Demers (0-2) vs. Stephanie Essensa (2-2)

Nate Ledger (0-5) vs. Binaebi Otoru (1-3)