Anton Turkalj, 24, of Gothenburg, Sweden was one of the winners at “BRAVE CF 37.” It was his first victory in the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion BRAVE Combat Federation.
In partnership with Swedish MMA promotion Bulldog Fight Night, BRAVE CF held “BRAVE CF 37” in Stockholm, Sweden on August 1, 2020 with eight professional MMA bouts. In the fourth bout of the evening, Turkalj fought Athanasios Chergkeletzis, 41, of Athens, Greece at a catch weight of 100kg.
Kevin Sataki served as the referee. He put a stop to the catchweight contest after 1 minute and 15 seconds in the first round when Turkalj knocked out Chergkeletzis via punches and elbows.
It was the fourth time Turkalj knocked out an opponent in a professional MMA bout. Winning at “BRAVE CF 37” improved the undefeated Swedish MMA fighter’s professional MMA record to 5 wins and 0 loss.
Born on June 10, 1996, Turkalj stands 6’4″. He made his professional MMA debut in 2018.
Before joining BRAVE CF, Turkalj competed in RXF, Fight Club Rush, Bulldog Fight Night and Excellence Fighting Championship. On December 11, 2019, he lost to Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson, 33, of Sweden in an exhibition bout at “AK Fighting Championship 3” in Gothenburg.
Both Turkalj and Chergkeletzis made their respective BRAVE CF debuts at “BRAVE CF 37.” The Greek MMA fighter now has 3 wins and 2 losses.
Including Greece and Sweden, 14 countries were represented at “BRAVE CF 37.” The other countries were Afghanistan, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Northern Ireland, Norway, Russia and Turkey.
Chergkeletzis solely represented Greece. Turkalj was one of the six representatives of the host country.
In the main event of the evening, Louis “Spartacus” Glismann, 29, of Copenhagen, Denmark fought Henri Lintula, 29, of Kerava, Uusimaa, Finland in the welterweight division. The Danish contender submitted his Finnish opponent via rear-naked choke.
In the co-main event, Irman “The People’s Champ” Smajić, 37, of Sweden fought Fatih Aktas, 30, of Turkey in the heavyweight division. The Swedish contender won via unanimous decision.