DWCS 2022 Week 1 Breakdown and Predictions

Anton Turkalj
Anton Turkalj Credit: Brave CF

Light-heavyweight: Anton Turkalj Vs. Acacio dos Santos

Tale of the Tape

Anton Turkalj
Göteborg, Sweden
5 KO/TKOs, 2 Submissions
Combined opponent’s record: 22-10
Acacio dos Santos
Guarulhos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Power Lotus Team
Combined opponent’s record: 73-32

Pros and Cons

Anton Turkalj


  • Explosive
  • Covers distance quickly
  • Good kicks
  • Diverse/Tricky
  • Knockout threat
  • Heavy ground and pound
  • Good grappling


  • Rushes in carelessly
  • Sloppy striking

Acacio dos Santos


  • Uses his size to wear on guys
  • Strong clinch work
  • Good output
  • Decent power
  • Credible gas tank
  • Heavy top position
  • Good ground and pound
  • Good leg kicks


  • Very wild striking/throws too wide
  • Hands low, chin up
  • TDD lacks
  • Flat-footed
  • TDD needs work

Who has the advantage?

Striking: Turkalj
Speed: Turkalj
Output/Volume: Even
Kickboxing: Turkalj
Striking defense: Turkalj
Footwork/movement: Turkalj
Wrestling: Turkalj
Grappling: Turkalj
More likely to finish on the mat: Turkalj
Gas tank: Santos

Prediction: Turkalj has been on my radar for a while but there is no doubt he’s still a raw talent.

Santos meanwhile is much more experienced, but I will say that all the opponents he’s beaten are lower-level. Turkalj on the other hand did beat Ibo Aslan who I would pick to beat Santos. Styles make fights though and Santos is a tough one for Turkalj.

I do still like Turkalj in this fight because he is the more athletic explosive fighter. Santos wins a lot of fights due to his size and well, Turkalj is the same size. The pick is Turkalj and I think he takes Santos down and gets the TKO.