Sweden’s Andreas “Bane” Gustafsson Berg (5-0) will look to extend his undefeated record in his homeland this weekend, as he faces Serbia’s Miro Jurković (10-2) in the co-main event of BRAVE CF 39.
The physically imposing Berg, 29, turned pro in 2019 following an extensive amateur career. The Swede compiled a 10-1 record as an amateur that culminated in a second-place finish at the highly-regarded International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF-WMMAA) Unified World Championships in 2018.
Berg suffered the lone loss of his career in the tournament finals of the IMMAF-WMMAA world championships, losing by unanimous decision to undefeated and highly-touted Russian light heavyweight Dzhamal Medzhidov (10-0), but hasn’t looked back since.
Since turning pro, the aptly nicknamed Berg has been flawless.
The middleweight prospect has gone 5-0 as a professional, endearing himself to MMA fans with a lofty 80% finishing rate. And with two knockouts to go along with two submissions on his record, Berg has shown marked improvement in his burgeoning striking game.
Berg’s game is that of a high-paced, powerful wrestler. “Bane” couples raw power and seemingly endless pressure with technically sound takedown entries, body lock trips and throws, and a talent for chain wrestling. In a word, Berg is relentless.
Berg’s highest-profile bout, to most MMA fans, came in his second pro fight when he faced debutant Ismar Blagoje (0-2). Berg scored a scarf-hold victory over Blagoje during the undercard of Cage Warriors 103: Dalby vs. Lohore, which was broadcast on UFC Fight Pass.
But now, Berg will face his stiffest test – and biggest opportunity – yet, in fellow prospect Miro Jurković.
Jurković, a talented middleweight from Serbia, has amassed a 10-2 record since debuting in 2013.
In his most recent bout, Jurković fell short to battle-tested UFC and KSW veteran Goran Reljić (19-8) in the main event of Serbian Battle Championship 28.
Jurković will look to bounce back against the surging Berg, who will look to earn the most impressive victory of his career when the cage doors close in his native Sweden at BRAVE CF 39.
With a win, Berg can stake his claim as a top middleweight prospect on the European scene while cementing his status as the top divisional prospect in the Nordic region.