Anton “The Pleasure Man” Turkalj, 24, of Gothenburg, Sweden was one of the winners at “BRAVE CF 50.” It was the Swedish undefeated mixed martial artist’s third victory in BRAVE Combat Federation.
Featuring 16 MMA bouts, “BRAVE CF 50” took place at the Arad Fort in Arad, Bahrain on April 1, 2021. In the ninth bout of the evening, Turkalj fought Konstantin “Hooligan” Soldatov (Константин Солдатов) of Almaty, Kazakhstan in the light heavyweight division.
Declan Larkin served as the referee. He put a stop to the light heavyweight contest after 13 seconds in the first round when Turkalj knocked out Soldatov via spinning back fist.
This is the fastest knockout in the history of BRAVE CF, which is based in Bahrain and was established on September 23, 2016. After the impressive win, Turkalj showed his usual swag in the post-fight interview.
“I am the biggest name in the Light Heavyweight division, nay, in the whole BRAVE CF,” Turkalj declared. “They should make a belt for me because I’m the best fighter and also the prettiest. I won’t leave any message to whoever wins the belt because they have to chase me.”
The BRAVE CF Light Heavyweight World Championship title is currently vacant. Mohammad The Latest” Fakhreddine, 36, of Lebanon and Mohammed Said “L’Ambiance” Maalem, 38, of Algeria and Switzerland were supposed to fight for it in the co-main event of “BRAVE CF 50” but their match was cancelled.
Winning at “BRAVE CF 50” improved Turkalj’s professional MMA record to 7 wins and 0 loss. He has been competing professionally since 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.
On August 1, 2020, Turkalj made his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 37” in Stockholm, Sweden. He knocked out Athanasios Chergkeletzis, 41, of Athens, Greece via punches and elbows after 1 minute and 15 seconds in the first round.
On August 24, 2020, Turkalj earned his second BRAVE CF victory at “BRAVE CF 40” in Stockholm. He submitted Ibo “The Last Ottoman” Aslan, 24, of Vienna, Austria via rear-naked choke after 1 minute and 57 seconds in the second round.