Alexander Luster takes an aggressive approach to his fights, showcasing power and an ability to bring fights to a close quickly and dramatically. Luster, at 7-1, has scored finishes in all of his victories with four KO/TKOs and three submissions. Luster has won back-to-back bouts and four of five, most recently finishing Ben Davis in October 2022.


Alperen Karabulut is a master of several disciplines, with backgrounds in Muay Thai, European kickboxing, and international freestyle wrestling. A champion in all three of these disciplines, Karabulut comes into tonight with a 10-3 (1 NC) record, which includes four victories by KO/TKO. He’s gone winless in three straight, however, and most recently competed in August, getting stopped by Gocha Shainidze.


As both compete in a major MMA promotion for the first time, who will come out on top in this bantamweight regular-season battle?



Round 1


One-two by Karabulut to start. Karabulut misses a quick power left hook. Heavy low kick from Luster. Karabulut misses speedy strikes. Another low kick from Luster. Karabulut with a low kick and he scores a takedown. Luster threatens a guillotine, but Karabulut gets out and looks for mount. Luster looks for a nasty kneebar, but Karabulut gets out of it. Karabulut wants a guillotine, but Luster is looking to transition. He gets on top and is looking for a Von Flue choke! Luster looks to get mount. He gets to the back and locks in a choke! Karabulut taps out!



Luster gets the better of Karabulut in that grappling exchange and moves on to the Bantamweight Playoffs!





Alexander Luster defeats Alperen Karabulut by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke, 1:59) and qualifies for the 2024 PFL Europe Bantamweight Playoffs