Duško Todorović (born May 19, 1994) is a Serbian mixed martial artist who competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Duško Todorović
Born (1994-05-19) May 19, 1994 (age 29)
Kotor, Serbia and Montenegro
Other namesThunder
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Reach74 in (188 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofBelgrade, Serbia
TeamSecutor MMA
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Black belt in Taekwondo[2]
Years active2015–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission3
By decision1
By knockout3
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background edit

Todorović started training taekwondo around the age of eight, continuing until his late teens.[3] He would also pick up wrestling and grappling along the way and after faring well in all disciplines, Todorović started training mixed martial arts around the age of 16.[3] Todorović attended the Informational Technologies School at the University of Belgrade, where he graduated with a thesis about Organization of Business Systems.[2][4]

Mixed martial arts career edit

Early career edit

Going 10-0 as an amateur, Todorović made his professional debut in 2015 under the Serbian Battle Championship banner, where he would spend most off his pre-UFC career. During his time there, Todorović took on and defeated the likes off DWCS alumni Alexander Poppeck and future UFC welterweight Michel Pereira,[2] giving Pereira the only KO loss of his career to that point.[5]

Dana White's Contender Series edit

Todorović was invited to participate on Dana White's Contender Series 26 on August 27, 2019, against Teddy Ash. Todorović won the bout in convincing fashion via unanimous decision and earned a contract to the UFC.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

Most of his 2020 were spent trying to arrange a UFC debut against John Phillips but this contest was cancelled three times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Todorović was scheduled to face Phillips on 21 March 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards.[7] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic travel bans, the bout was moved to Cage Warriors 113 but was later on removed from the card due to Todorović's travel restrictions.[8] Todorović was expected to face Phillips on 16 July 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige.[9] On 8 July Todorović pulled out due to a potential medical issue.[10]

Todorović finally made his UFC debut against Dequan Townsend on October 4, 2020, at UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. Aldana.[11] He won the fight via technical knockout in round two.[12] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[13]

Todorović faced fellow DWCS alumni Punahele Soriano on January 16, 2021, at UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar. He lost for the first time in his career, getting TKO'd by Soriano at the end of the first round.[14]

As the last fight of his contract, Todorović was scheduled to face Maki Pitolo on June 5, 2021, at UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai.[15][4] However, two weeks ahead of the bout, Pitolo had to pull out due to unknown reasons and was replaced by Gregory Rodrigues.[16][17] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[18]

The bout between Pitolo and Todorović was rescheduled on December 4, 2021, at UFC on ESPN 31.[19] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[20]

Todorović faced Chidi Njokuani on May 21, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 206.[21] He lost the fight via knockout in round one.[22]

Todorović faced Jordan Wright on October 15, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 212.[23] He won the fight via technical knockout in round two.[24] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[25]

Todorović faced Christian Leroy Duncan on March 18, 2023, at UFC 286.[26] He lost the fight via technical knockout after a knee injury rendered him unable to continue in round one.[27]

Todorović was scheduled to face Edmen Shahbazyan on March 23, 2024, at UFC Fight Night 240.[28] However, Todorović pulled out due to a serious knee injury and was replaced by A.J. Dobson.[29][30]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Mixed martial arts edit

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 12 wins 4 losses
By knockout 8 3
By submission 3 0
By decision 1 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12-4 Christian Leroy Duncan TKO (knee injury) UFC 286 March 18, 2023 1 1:52 London, England
Win 12–3 Jordan Wright TKO (punches and elbows) UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs. Araújo October 15, 2022 2 3:12 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 11–3 Chidi Njokuani KO (elbow) UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira May 21, 2022 1 4:48 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–2 Maki Pitolo TKO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Font vs. Aldo December 4, 2021 1 4:34 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–2 Gregory Rodrigues Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai June 5, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–1 Punahele Soriano TKO (punches) UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar January 16, 2021 1 4:48 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 10–0 Dequan Townsend TKO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. Aldana October 4, 2020 2 3:15 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Performance of the Night.
Win 9–0 Teddy Ash Decision (unanimous) Dana White's Contender Series 26 August 27, 2019 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–0 Michel Pereira TKO (punches) Serbian Battle Championship 19 December 1, 2018 1 4:32 Novi Sad, Serbia Won the vacant SBC Middleweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Kazuo Takahashi TKO (punches) Rings: The Outsider 51 July 21, 2018 1 1:41 Kawasaki, Japan
Win 6–0 Shota Gvasalia TKO (arm injury) Collision Fighting League 3 June 3, 2018 2 2:11 Belgrade, Serbia
Win 5–0 Alexander Poppeck Submission (rear-naked choke) Final Fight Championship 30 October 21, 2017 2 4:52 Linz, Austria Catchweight (190 lb) bout.
Win 4–0 Albert Micura TKO (punches) Serbian Battle Championship 9 April 16, 2016 2 1:09 Odžaci, Serbia
Win 3–0 Toni Markulev TKO (punches) Naissus Fighting Championship 2 December 11, 2015 2 1:54 Niš, Serbia
Win 2–0 František Boban Submission (armbar) Fight of Gladiators: Night of Champions 2 October 23, 2015 1 1:37 Trnava, Slovakia
Win 1–0 Srđan Knežević Submission (guillotine choke) Serbian Battle Championship 6 September 19, 2015 1 0:44 Kać, Serbia Middleweight debut.


See also edit

References edit

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