Vitor Petrino vs Anton Turkalj takes place this Saturday at the UFC Las Vegas. The bout will kick off the main card, which has Petr Yan and Merab Dvalishvili as the headlining fight. The rescheduled fight between Nikita Krylov and Ryan Spann is also set to feature on the card. On top of that, Dagestani prospect Said Nurmagomedov will fight on the card as well. So it is a must-see event for the fans.
Anton Turkalj and Vitor Petrino, both are from Dana White‘s Contender Series. While Turkalj beat Acacio dos Santos in July 2022, Petrino knocked out Rodolfo Bellato at DWCS to earn their respective UFC contracts. Fans have seen excellent fighters like Sean O’Malley and Jamahal Hill come through the Contender Series. Hence, they would be hoping that the trend continues with both Anton and Vitor.
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This will be the first time Vitor Petrino fights on the UFC main roster. He has been excellent so far and has remained unbeaten in his career. Anton Turkalj, on the other hand, has already made his main roster debut. Unfortunately for him, it turned out to be the first loss of his pro-MMA career. He lost to Jailton Almeida via submission at UFC 279 in the very first round. So what should fans expect from the fight this Saturday? Let’s find out!
UFC Las Vegas: Anton Turkalj vs Vitor Petrino, Stats
|Stats||Anton Turkalj||Vitor Petrino|
|Height||1.93 m||1.88 m|
|Division||Light Heavyweight||Light Heavyweight|
|Reach||198.1 cm||196.8 cm|
Petrino vs Turkalj: Fight Breakdown
Vitor Petrino and Anton Turkalj, both are excellent finishers. While Anton has 7 finishes, Vitor holds 6 finishes in his career so far. Both of them have only 1 decision win in their respective careers. But, one key difference between them, is their method of finishing. While Petrino has 6 KO/TKO finishes, Turkalj has 5 knockouts and 2 submissions.
So it does seem like Anton will be a more well-rounded fighter. As per UFC stats, Turkalj is currently averaging 8.48 takedowns per fight. But, due to the lack of minutes in the UFC, the statistic may be deceiving. However, Vitor Petrino may have to work on his takedown defense for the fight. He has been taken down inside the Octagon once already and is currently averaging 4.88 strikes per minute.
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The advantage heading into the bout goes to Anton Turkalj. However, it is only due to his grappling record. However, both are new in the UFC and have not had the chance to show all the aspects of their game. But from what the fans have seen so far, it will come down to Vitor’s amazing striking vs Anton’s steady grappling. So it is definitely going to be a fascinating contest to witness this weekend.
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