Anton Turkalj is an undefeated light heavyweight prospect with massive star potential. Not only does he have the look and charisma, he has the skill to back up his confidence. Finishing the majority of his fights as a professional thus far, “The Pleasure Man” has shown much promise. He won his last three fights under the Brave FC banner and recently got his hand raised on Dana White’s Contender Series…
In 2020, Turkalj was able to fight twice, with only three weeks in between. He showcased his willingness to fight, while also proving that he stays ready to answer the call when opportunities knock. It’s a good thing MMA fighters don’t get paid by the hour… Turkalj’s last fight in Brave FC lasted only 13 seconds via a beautiful spinning back-fist.
When you finish fights at the rate Anton does, a Contender Series call is a no-brainer. Unfortunately his first Contender Series opportunity last summer was cancelled due to visa issues beyond his control. Thankfully, he was given another shot on Season 6. Even with the slight hurdle, his stock remains strong and he’s most certainly at the Top of the Class at 205-pounds.
Why was Anton Turkalj selected for our Top of the Class List?
Anton has started his pro MMA career undefeated, going 7-0 before turning 25 years old. But do not underestimate his level of experience because of that. He also has an extensive 14-fight amateur career.
As it stands, being an exciting light heavyweight puts you on a fast track to the big leagues with the division being so slim regionally. In recent years, it seems like the UFC has been in need of new blood, especially in the 205-pound weight class. Look no further than Anton…
Turkalj was able to fight twice in 2020 and once in 2021, finding a way to stay active during the pandemic. All fights were technically on short notice, with consistent changes in opponents. That didn’t matter though, he ended up smashing all of his opposition. Training with Khamzat Chimaev and UFC Hall-of-Famer Alexander Gustafsson at the Allstars Training Center, you have to think he’s being sharpened to put Swedish MMA back in the title picture at light heavyweight.
He’s fun to watch, he knows how to dress, and he’s not bad on the mic. Watch out for “The Pleasure Man,” he’ll be coming to a fight card near you.
Congratulations to Anton Turkalj on being selected for our inaugural Top of the Class List!