Predictions: BFL 71

Each event, there will be a “guest predictor” who will offer their insight into the event and provide their predictions for each MMA bout.

Isaiah Metituk
Isaiah Metituk enters the cage for his XFFC 20 bout with Connor Krebs. (Photo by Joel Griffith)

For BFL 71, Isaiah Metituk has stepped in to provide his predictions and analysis for the 11 MMA bouts on the card.

Still early in his professional career, Metituk earned his first win as a professional back at BTC 10 where he submitted Broderick Rene. Keep an eye out for Metituk’s next bout in the first half of 2022.

Here are Metituk’s predictions for BFL 71:

Dario Sinagoga (5-0) vs. Kyran Cameron (5-1): PRO Interim Lightweight Title Bout** SINAGOGA PREVIEW, CAMERON PREVIEW

“Both men will be really hungry in this one. With Dario coming off a controversial decision win over Zack Powell, a fight I and a lot of other people thought he lost, and Cameron a stoppage loss to Dejan Kajic. I think Cameron’s got the bigger toolbox here and he should be able to mix it up between grappling and striking to nullify Sinagoga’s power.”

Prediction: Cameron wins via decision.

Bobby Poulter (3-0) vs. Saeid Mirzaei (2-0-1): PRO Welterweight FIGHT PREVIEW

“Great fight between two of the most exciting guys at 170. I think Poulter training with an actual team and Mirzaei’s inactivity are a bad mix and I see Poulter being able to shrug off Mirzaei’s takedowns and able to land that big power shot he’s always looking for.”

Prediction: Poulter wins via TKO in the third round.

Jonathan Broad (2-0) vs. Mike McAloon (4-3): PRO Lightweight FIGHT PREVIEW

“Great matchmaking here as Broad gets a step up with the always tough McAloon. I think McAloon’s experience and having been into deep waters will pay dividends here and he should be able to wear down Broad en route to a decision win.”

Prediction: McAloon wins via decision.

John Nguyen (3-2) vs. Gagan Gill (3-1): PRO 150 pounds

“Fight of the night right here. No way this isn’t fireworks for however long it lasts as both of these guys are always looking for the one-hitter-quitter. I was really impressed with how good Nguyen looked in his last fight against the always game and tough as nails Josh Kwiatkowski, as he showed a more patient and diverse attack since he started working with Jake Lee and Dunamis. I think he keeps it rolling here.”

Prediction: Nguyen wins via TKO in the first round.

Indroop Virk (1-1) vs. Nigel Crosswell (0-1): PRO 130 pounds

“Virk is the future of 125 in Canada. His grappling and his pressure are going to be way too much for Crosswell who’s filling in for his brother who once again pulled out of a fight. This should be an easy night at the office for Virk.”

Prediction: Virk wins via submission in the first round.

Mani El-Hefnawy (0-0) vs. Amin Almelik (0-0): PRO Bantamweight

“Almelik has some great striking and a ton of experience in that realm, but El-Hefnawy just has more avenues to win and a more complete game. I think he’ll use a bit of everything to grind out a descision win in his pro debut.”

Prediction: El-Hefnawy wins via decision.

Matt Lepper (0-0) vs. Damon Marlow (0-0): PRO Lightweight

“Two great prospects here, but I think Marlow’s BJJ will be too much for Lepper.”

Prediction: Lepper wins via submission in the second round.

Mojtaba Mirderikvandi (0-0) vs. Rizwan Qureshi (0-1): AMATEUR Heavyweight

“Tough fight to call here as we haven’t seen much of either fighter. With this being a heavyweight bout with lots of unknowns, might as well flip a coin.”

Prediction: Mirderikvandi wins via knockout in the first round.

Josh Lam (1-2) vs. Jay Palafox (0-0): AMATEUR Featherweight

“Although he’s making his MMA debut, Palafox has plenty of experience in the kickboxing department. However, Lam should be able to used his more well-rounded skillset to earn the victory.”

Prediction: Lam wins via decision.

John Kutz (0-1) vs. Kees Huisman (0-1): AMATEUR 138 pounds

“Both guys are fresh off losses in their amateur debuts, so no doubt both will be hungry to get their hand raised. I see Huisman getting the job done here.”

Prediction: Huisman wins via TKO in the first round.

Rylie Marchand (3-1) vs. Robyn Dunne (0-0): AMATEUR 120 pounds

“While Marchand does have a clear experience edge here, Dunne is coming from a great team in Pinnancle Martial Arts Academy, so Marchand is definitely in for a tough fight. In the end, Marchand should be able to grind this one out.”

Prediction: Marchand wins via decision.

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