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Bojan Veličković (Serbian: Бојан Величковић; born December 18, 1988) is an Serbian mixed martial artist and sambist, who competes in the Welterweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2010, he has also formerly competed for the RFA, where he was the Welterweight Champion.

Bojan Veličković
Бојан Величковић
Born Bojan Veličković
(1988-12-18) December 18, 1988 (age 28)
Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
(today Serbia)
Native name Бојан Величковић
Other names Serbian Steel
Nationality Serbian [1]
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Middleweight
Reach 76.0"
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Denver, Colorado, United States
Team Elevation Fight Team
Years active 2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 21
Wins 15
By knockout 4
By submission 8
By decision 3
Losses 5
By decision 5
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Contents

BackgroundEdit

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.[5]

Veličković next faced Michael Graves on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201.[6] The bout was declared a majority draw (30-27, 28-28, 28-28).[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.[13] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 - Prague, Czech Republic
Win 7–1 Jiří Procházka TKO (punches) Supreme FC 1: Balkan Fighter Night December 9, 2012 1 - Belgrade, Serbia
Loss 6–1 Svetlozar Savov Decision (split) WFC 17 - Olimp: Live & Fight October 21, 2012 3 - Ljubljana, Slovenia For WFC Middleweight Championship
Win 6–0 Marko Lukacic Submission (rear-naked choke) Tesla FC 2 December 24, 2011 1 - 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 - Belgrade, Serbia
Win 3–0 Svetislav Nikolajev Submission (armbar) Tesla FC 1 June 19, 2011 2 - Belgrade, Serbia
Win 2–0 Marko Ignjatovic Submission (heel hook) Ring of Fire Europe 2/3 August 28, 2010 1 2:57 Subotica, Serbia
Win 1–0 Vladimir Jovanovic Submission (armbar) Ring of Fire Europe 2/3 August 28, 2010 1 3:59 Subotica, Serbia

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Bojan Veličković". sherdog.com. 
  2. ^ http://www.ufc.com/fighter/bojan-velickovic?id=
  3. ^ Zane Simon (2016-02-04). "Welcome to the UFC Bojan Velickovic". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  4. ^ Staff (2016-02-02). "Bojan Velickovic vs. Alessio Di Chirico slated for UFC Fight Night 86". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2016-02-02. 
  5. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-04-10). "UFC Fight Night 86 results: Crowd unsure, but Bojan Velickovic tops Alessio Di Chirico". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  6. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-05-24). "UFC 201 Update: Michael Graves to face Bojan Velickovic in Atlanta on July 30". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  7. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-07-30). "UFC 201 results: Michael Graves and Bojan Velickovic grapple to majority draw". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-30. 
  8. ^ Staff (2016-10-18). "Two fights added to UFC on FOX 22". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-18. 
  9. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-12-17). "UFC on FOX 22 results: Sultan Aliev's top game leads to split decision over Bojan Velickovic". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  10. ^ Marcel Dorff (2017-03-31). "Nico Musoke returns after long layoff against Bojan Velickovic in Stockholm". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-03-31. (in Dutch)
  11. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-05-28). "UFC Fight Night 109 results: Bojan Velickovic TKOs Nico Musoke in final minute of close fight". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  12. ^ Staff (2017-05-28). "UFC Fight Night 109 bonuses: Main event nabs 'Fight of the Night' honors". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  13. ^ "Darren Till to face Bojan Velickovic at UFC Rotterdam: British ace on Fight Night 115 bill". Dailystar.co.uk. 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  14. ^ "UFC-Rotterdam results: Darren Till strikes, showboats his way past Bojan Velickovic in crowd pleaser". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2017-09-03.