Bojan Velickovic
Serbian Steel
Falls in second chance at PFL 10
WelterweightPFL
October 20, 2018
Velickovic lost to Magomed Magomedkerimov via TKO (punches) at 3:13 of Round 2 at PFL 10 on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
ANALYSIS
Velickovic lost in the quarterfinal round against Abubakar Nurmagomedov, but he was brought back into the tournament when Nurmagomedov could not continue with an injury. However, he could not take advantage on the second chance. He had some success coming forwardly wildly in the first round. However, Magomedkerimov controlled the fight until late in the second round. At that point, he came forward and landed hard strikes. Velickovic was hurt and unable to continue.
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Falls out of the PFL Playoffs with a tiebreaker decision loss
WelterweightPFL
October 20, 2018
Velickovic drew with Abubakar Nurmagomedov via unanimous decision (19-19, 19-19, 19-19) at PFL 10 on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
ANALYSIS
Velickovic is nothing if not a game fighter. He can mix it up on the feet. On the ground, he can cause scrambles and escapes submissions. However, in this fight, Nurmagomedov always seemed to be a step ahead. He was the one scoring the takedowns and dictating the action. Velickovic will be back, but he won't be the alternate in the tournament. The judges had it even after two rounds, but the first tiebreaker was first-round scoring.
Gets back on track at PFL 3
WelterweightPFL
July 5, 2018
Velickovic defeated Jonatan Westin via TKO (punches) at 2:50 of Round 2 at PFL 3 on Thursday in Washington, DC.
ANALYSIS
This fight was a one-sided affair from the start. Velickovic was landing the better strikes and getting off first. In the second round, Velickovic got the fight to the ground and began landing some heavy ground and pound. After a few seconds of that, the referee was forced to step in and stop the contest. The Serbian fighter needed this win after dropping his last two fights in the UFC and leaving the company.
Loses split decision to Jake Matthews in Sydney
WelterweightPFL
November 18, 2017
Velickovic was defeated by Jake Matthews via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night 121 on Saturday in Australia.
ANALYSIS
Velickovic was very competitive in this fight and easily could have been awarded the decision. In the first round, he defended against takedowns well, landing shots in the clinch as he did so. In the second, he was able to threaten with a rear-naked choke for the majority of the round. "Serbian Steel" showed an impressive ability to stay on "The Celtic Kid's" back when Matthews was trying to shake him off. However, he was unable to secure the submission. In the third round, Matthews was the aggressor and was able to get the fight to the ground. Velickovic did not mount enough offense. The judges likely awarded Matthews the first and third rounds due to the pressure he applied in attempting takedowns and controlling the action against the fence.
Drops striking battle at UFC Rotterdam
WelterweightPFL
September 2, 2017
Velickovic lost to Darren Till via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night 115 on Saturday in Rotterdam.
ANALYSIS
In a lot of ways, Velickovic played into Till's hands in this fight. He allowed Till to stand in front of him without the threat of takedowns or hard counters. Velickovic did land some effective leg kicks. However, he ate a lot of strikes, and he was nearly finished in the first and third rounds of the fight. He falls to 15-5-1 as a professional and 2-2-1 in the UFC.
Matches up with Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 115
WelterweightPFL
August 4, 2017
Velickovic will take on Darren Till on September2 at UFC Fight Night 115 in Rotterdam, Pete Carroll of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Velickovic comes into the September fight with a 2-1-1 record with the UFC, with his one loss coming to Sultan Aliev via a split decision. He's most recently coming off an upset win over Niko Musoke in the favorite's hometown of Stockholm. It was his first victory since April of 2016, as Velickovic will now look to make it two in a row for the first time in his UFC career come September.