UFC welterweight Bojan Velickovic is still a little frustrated after his most recent outing, but he refuses to make any excuses. Instead, he’s simply ready to get back into the cage and prove his worth once again.
Velickovic (15-6-1 MMA, 2-3-1 UFC) most recently stepped into the cage in November for a UFC Fight Night 121 meeting with Jake Matthews in Australia, and while 10 of 14 media outlets awarded “Serbian Steel” a decision win, according to MMADecisions.com, he was forced to settle for a split-decision loss.
Velickovic said the disappointing result drove him to a quick return to the gym at Colorado’s Elevation Fight Team.
“As soon as I came back from Australia, I jumped right back into training,” Velickovic told MMAjunkie. “I wasn’t happy with my performance. Even though a lot of people thought I won that bout, I know I’m a better fighter than Jake and I shouldn’t have let that fight go in the hands of the judges.
“At least I was glad I didn’t get injured so I could start working on the things that didn’t work in that fight and things I wanted to improve. Also, a few of my teammates had fights coming up, including Neil Magny, who was getting ready for his fight with Carlos Condit at the time. So at the same time, that helped me to move on, and also I was really excited to be able to participate in their preparation.”
Velickovic traveled to Las Vegas for Magny’s UFC 219 victory over Condit in December and then went back to his native Serbia to spend some much-needed downtime with family, not to mention reconnect with his training roots. Now, the 29-year-old has returned stateside and is ready to get his next fight booked.
“I went to Vegas for Neil’s fight at UFC, 219 which turned out great for him and entire team,” Velickovic said. “After that, I flew out to Europe to spend the holidays with my family and also to train a few weeks with the coaches I started my career with.
“Sometimes, it feels good to go back where you started and press the reset button – rebuild the foundation. I finally came back to U.S. a few weeks ago, and I feel great, ready to go out to the octagon and put out the good performance.”
Velickovic, of course, is willing to take on any assignment the UFC offers, but he’s got a pair of names in mind that he finds most intriguing: Randy Brown (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Mickey Gall (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC).
Brown picked up a decision win over Gall in what turned out to be a bit of a grudge match in November at UFC 217. Velickovic was impressed by the action and thinks either fighter could provide an entertaining matchup.
“I watched their last fight, and they are both young and hungry fighters – ready to scrap and make a show for the fans,” Velickovic said. “That is the what I care about the most.”
Velickovic is willing to travel to New York for the opportunity, right in the backyard of both fighters, and he thinks UFC 223 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center would provide the perfect platform to turn in a “Fight of the Night” performance.
“Of course I want to win every fight, and that is my final goal, but the first one is to make a good performance and reward the UFC for the opportunity they give me to fight for the best fighting promotion in the world and in front of millions of fans around the world,” he said.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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