Each event, there will be a “guest predictor” who will offer their insight into the event and provide their predictions for each MMA bout.
For BFL 57, Gagan Gill has stepped in to provide his predictions and analysis for the 10 MMA bouts on the card.
In the co-main event of BFL 56, Gill became the new BFL featherweight champion, defeating Nick Ghaeni by submission in the second round. Gill improved his professional record to 2-0, and remains one of the most promising, young prospects in Western Canada. His next time entering the cage will be Oct. 5 when he takes on Cleveland Bentley at Mamba Fight Night 5.
Here are Gill’s predictions for BFL 57:
Jamey-Lyn Horth Wessels (1-0) vs Christina Ricker (0-0): Fight Preview
“Horth Wessels comes from the same camp as Gwyn Berry and they always come in shape. I just feel Horth Wessels is going to be too athletic, too strong, have better striking and just be able to win the fight wherever it goes.”
Prediction: Horth Wessels wins by unanimous decision.
Austin Batra (4-1) vs Perry Hayer (5-7): Fight Preview
“Batra is a great wrestler, but didn’t used to be that strong of a striker when he was training at my gym. He’s probably made some improvements in that area now. Hayer is more of a kick-boxer and likes to stay long, but is susceptible to getting knocked out.”
Prediction: Batra wins by TKO in the first round.
Gwyn Berry (4-1) vs Marlan Hall (3-2): Fight Preview
“Berry trains with a good group of guys up at The Sound, and he’s a good striker and keeps it long. I’ve actually fought Hall before and he’s a tough fighter. He’s turned into more of a striker now, while back then he was more of a grappler.”
Prediction: Hall wins by TKO in the second round.
James Foster (2-0) vs Mike Morley (0-0)
“Foster is a very aggressive fighter and I think he’ll just be too much for Morley.”
Prediction: Foster wins by TKO in the first round.
Casey O’Leary (3-3) vs Brandon Labrecque (2-1)
“Labrecque is the better striker and more technical fighter, but I feel like O’Leary is a little more gritty and tougher.”
Prediction: Labrecque wins by unanimous decision.
Manny Fernandez (2-1) vs Dale Russell (2-4)
“I watched Russell fight Austin Batra and he looked like a tough, durable guy, and I think he takes a decision.”
Prediction: Russell wins by unanimous decision.
Jason Giroux (0-0) vs Christopher Donald (0-0)
“Giroux has competed in lots of jiu-jitsu matches and tournaments, and I feel his advantage on the mat will be enough.”
Prediction: Giroux wins by submission in the first round.
Jordan Cabrejos (1-0-1) vs Derrick Laing (0-0)
“I saw Laing in a kickboxing fight and he looked strong with good striking, and should do enough damage to win his debut.”
Prediction: Laing wins by unanimous decision.
Mark Purdy (1-0) vs Flint Radatzke (1-0)
“Purdy is a well-rounded fighter, and is a threat to finish the fight standing or on the mat. He also comes from a strong camp in Lions MMA.” – MMA Empire
MMA Empire Prediction: Purdy wins by TKO in the second round.
Brett Zalapski (1-2) vs Jesse Dhaliwal (0-0)
“Zalapski fights very aggressively and is very strong, and I see him stopping Dhaliwal early.”
Prediction: Zalapski wins by TKO in the first round.