Bojan Veličković (Serbian: Бојан Величковић; born December 18, 1988) is a Serbian mixed martial artist and sambist currently competing in the Welterweight division. A professional competitor since 2010, he has competed for the UFC, Professional Fighters League, and RFA, where he was the Welterweight Champion.
December 18, 1988
Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Native name||Бојан Величковић|
|Other names||Serbian Steel|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Team||Elevation Fight Team|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Born and raised in Novi Sad, Serbia, Veličković began training in judo at the age of ten, before transitioning to Muay Thai at 14. Then at the age of 22, he began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts. In Muay Thai, Veličković holds a record of 14-2.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Veličković was a gold medalist in amateur MMA at the FILA World Wrestling Federation before making his professional debut in 2010 as part of the "Road to the Ring of Fire" reality show. Veličković won all four fights and the show. He then began competing for the Tesla Fighting Championship in his native Serbia, where he was also Welterweight champion.
Resurrection Fighting AllianceEdit
After compiling a professional record of 9-2, Veličković signed with the promotion in 2014. After losing his promotional debut to former UFC competitor and Ultimate Fighter Season 17 contestant Gilbert Smith, he won his next four fights with the promotion, capturing the Welterweight Championship in his final fight before signing with the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Veličković faced Nico Musoke on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109. He won the fight by knockout in the third round. This win also earned Veličković his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
After the release from the UFC, Veličković signed with Professional Fighters League, participating the inaugural season's welterweight bracket. He advanced from the regular season to quarterfinals where he eventually was eliminated, but was brought back to semifinals due to an injury of Abubakar Nurmagomedov. He lost the semifinal bout against Magomed Magomedkerimov via second round knockout.
Veličković also participated in the 2019 season of the Professional Fighters League, ending up losing both of his regular season bouts and not advancing to the playoffs.
Veličković was expected to face Escley Araujo at Serbian Battle Championship 27 on March 14, 2020. However, Araujo withdrew from the bout due to an injury and was replaced by Danillo Santos. Veličković won the fight via second-round submission.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||17 wins||10 losses|
|Win||18–10–2||Vladislav Kanchev||Decision (unanimous)||Serbian Battle Championship 29||October 7, 2020||3||5:00||Novi Sad, Serbia||win SBC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||17–10–2||Danillo Santos||Submission (guillotine choke)||Serbian Battle Championship 27||March 14, 2020||2||0:59||Vrbas, Serbia|
|Loss||16–10–2||João Zeferino||Decision (unanimous)||PFL 4||July 11, 2019||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||16–9–2||Handesson Ferreira||Decision (unanimous)||PFL 1||May 9, 2019||3||5:00||Uniondale, New York, United States|
|Loss||16–8–2||Magomed Magomedkerimov||TKO (punches)||PFL 10||October 20, 2018||2||3:13||Washington, D.C., United States||2018 PFL Welterweight Semifinal bout.|
|Draw||16–7–2||Abubakar Nurmagomedov||Draw (unanimous)||2||5:00||2018 PFL Welterweight Quarterfinal bout. Eliminated via first round tiebreaker. Later advanced due to Nurmagomedov injury.|
|Loss||16–7–1||Magomed Magomedkerimov||Decision (unanimous)||PFL 6||August 16, 2018||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||16–6–1||Jonatan Westin||TKO (punches)||PFL 3||July 5, 2018||2||2:50||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Loss||15–6–1||Jake Matthews||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura||November 19, 2017||3||5:00||Sydney, Australia|
|Loss||15–5–1||Darren Till||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve||September 2, 2017||3||5:00||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||15–4–1||Nico Musoke||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira||May 28, 2017||3||4:37||Stockholm, Sweden||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||14–4–1||Sultan Aliev||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson||December 17, 2016||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Draw||14–3–1||Michael Graves||Draw (majority)||UFC 201||July 30, 2016||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||14–3||Alessio Di Chirico||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos||April 10, 2016||3||5:00||Zagreb, Croatia||Middleweight bout.|
|Win||13–3||Benjamin Smith||Submission (guillotine choke)||RFA 34: Veličković vs. Smith||January 15, 2016||3||1:51||Broomfield, Colorado, United States||Won the vacant RFA Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||12–3||Vardan Sholinian||Decision (unanimous)||RFA 31: Smith vs. Marunde||October 9, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Catchweight (175 lbs) bout.|
|Win||11–3||Charles Byrd||Decision (unanimous)||AXS TV Fights: RFA vs. Legacy Superfight||May 8, 2015||3||5:00||Robinsonville, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||10–3||Chris Hugh||TKO (punches)||RFA 24: Smith vs. Romero||March 6, 2015||1||4:40||Prior Lake, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||9–3||Gilbert Smith||Decision (majority)||RFA 20: Sanders vs. Mercado||November 7, 2014||3||5:00||Broomfield, Colorado, United States||Welterweight debut.|
|Win||9–2||Nikolay Aleksakhin||Submission (guillotine choke)||Tesla FC 4||June 14, 2014||2||2:35||Pančevo, Serbia||Won TFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Loss||8–2||Krzysztof Jotko||Decision (majority)||MMA Attack 3||April 27, 2013||3||5:00||Katowice, Poland|
|Win||8–1||Tomáš Kužela||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MMA Attack 3||December 28, 2012||2||N/A||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||7–1||Jiří Procházka||TKO (punches)||Supreme FC 1: Balkan Fighter Night||December 9, 2012||1||N/A||Belgrade, Serbia|
|Loss||6–1||Svetlozar Savov||Decision (split)||WFC 17 - Olimp: Live & Fight||October 21, 2012||3||N/A||Ljubljana, Slovenia||For WFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||6–0||Marko Lukačić||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Tesla FC 2||December 24, 2011||1||N/A||Belgrade, Serbia|
|Win||5–0||Jason Lee||KO (punches)||Ring of Fire 41: Bragging Rights||August 20, 2011||1||1:39||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||4–0||Nemanja Uverić||Submission (guillotine choke)||Tesla FC 1||June 19, 2011||2||N/A||Belgrade, Serbia|
|Win||3–0||Svetislav Nikolajev||Submission (armbar)||Tesla FC 1||June 19, 2011||2||N/A||Belgrade, Serbia|
|Win||2–0||Marko Ignjatović||Submission (heel hook)||Ring of Fire Europe 2/3||August 28, 2010||1||2:57||Subotica, Serbia|
|Win||1–0||Vladimir Jovanović||Submission (armbar)||Ring of Fire Europe 2/3||August 28, 2010||1||3:59||Subotica, Serbia|
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