Bojan Veličković

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.

Bojan Veličković
BornBojan Veličković
(1988-12-18) December 18, 1988 (age 32)
Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
(today Serbia)
Native nameБојан Величковић
Other namesSerbian Steel
NationalitySerbian [1]
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Reach76 in (193 cm)
Fighting out ofDenver, Colorado, United States
TeamElevation Fight Team
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission9
By decision3
By knockout1
By decision9
Other information
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.[2]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early 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 signed with the UFC after compiling a record of 13 - 3 first and relocating to Colorado.[3]

Veličković made his promotional debut against Alessio Di Chirico on April 10, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 86.[4] He won the fight via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, and 30–27).[5]

Veličković next faced Michael Graves on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201.[6] The bout was declared a majority draw.[7]

Veličković faced Sultan Aliev on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox 22.[8] He lost the fight via split decision.[9]

Veličković faced Nico Musoke on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109.[10] He won the fight by knockout in the third round.[11] This win also earned Veličković his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[12]

Veličković fought Darren Till on September 2, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Struve vs. Volkov, losing the bout in a unanimous decision.[13]

Veličković faced Jake Matthews on November 19, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 121.[14] He lost the fight via split decision, and was subsequently released from the promotion.[15]


After the release from the UFC, Veličković signed with Professional Fighters League, participating the inaugural season's welterweight bracket.[16] 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.[17]

Post-PFL careerEdit

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.[18]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
29 matches 17 wins 10 losses
By knockout 5 1
By submission 9 0
By decision 3 9
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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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