#Bellator 194 #Matt Mitrione #Roy Nelson #Chicago #UFC 221 #Conor McGregor #Yoel Romero #Luke Rockhold #EFC #Bellator MMA #Ross Richardson

UFC Fight Night 109's Bojan Velickovic expecting heavy Serbian support even in enemy territory

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – When Bojan Velickovic enters Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe on Sunday, he’ll be in enemy territory against Sweden’s own Nico Musoke.

Aware that the majority of the support will go to Musoke (13-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Velickovic (14-4-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC) says he has prepared for “hell” both in and outside of the cage. But, after having actively campaigned to ensure his spot European soil, the Serbian welterweight believes he won’t exactly be alone in there either.

“I also know that I’m going to have at least a couple of hundred supporters,” Velickovic told MMAjunkie ahead of the FS1-televised preliminary card scrap. “Because in Stockholm, and Sweden, there are more than 100,000 Serbians that were helping me with my campaign to get on this card.

“This last couple of weeks, I was receiving a lot of messages from (the) Serbian community here from Sweden, telling me that they’re going to come support (me) and that they want me to make them proud. I don’t like to make promises, but I’m certainly looking forward to making them proud on Sunday.”

Whether they’ll be on his side or not, Velickovic fully embraces the passion offered by European sports fans – which is a big reason why he made it a point to land a spot on the card in the first place. And their energy, he says, plays a part even after the cage door closes.

“I’m excited to experience it, that’s for sure,” Velickovic said. “Most of the time, when I was walking out without any excitement, those are the fights that I would usually lose. Because I’m not fired up. Sometimes I like to feel like I’m alive.When I’m nervous, when I see the tension in the air, and that something crazy is about to happen.”

Fighting for the third consecutive time in his home country, Musoke will snap a 855-day layoff since a loss to Albert Tumenov at UFC on FOX 14. Velickovic, in turn, enters the cage off a loss Sultan Aliev, at this past December’s UFC on FOX 22. His first and only octagon win came over Alessio Di Chirico, at UFC Fight Night 86, with a UFC 201 draw with Michael Graves in between.

In spite of the inconsistent early UFC run, Velickovic envisions Sunday bringing not only recovery – but total domination.

“(I hope) to get in there and put a great show on and to just beat Nico in every single aspect of the game,” Velickovic said. “I don’t see myself losing in any kind of position. Standing, wrestling, or grappling, I see myself as the one who dominates the fight. And that’s how I see it playing out in my head. We’ll see on Sunday if it’s going to be that way.”

To hear more from Velickovic, check out the video above

And for more on UFC Fight Night 109, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.


Show Comments

Related News

Pity party? Nope – Volkan Oezdemir says becoming UFC champ only a matter of time

  • 27 days ago

If you were expecting a pity party from Volkan Oezdemir after his failed title bid against champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 220, prepare to be terribly disappointed. read news >>

Bojan Velickovic targets Randy Brown or Mickey Gall for UFC 223 fan-friendly showdown

  • 5 days ago

Still a bit frustrated after his most recent outing, Bojan Velickovic is ready to get back in the cage and prove his worth once again. read news >>

UFC 221 winner Curtis Blaydes wants top-5 opponent in Chicago – and a spot in the UFC video game

  • 6 days ago

Curtis Blaydes fought in enemy territory at UFC 221. Now he wants the chance to flip the script. read news >>

UFC 221 video highlights: Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen – with a brutal ending

  • 6 days ago

Jussier Formiga’s title hopes got a major boost with a brutal ending to his bout at Saturday’s UFC 221 event. read news >>

UFC 221 video highlights: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy – with gunshot-like ground and pound

  • 6 days ago

Alexander Volkanovski’s UFC 221 finish looked pretty brutal – and it didn’t sound any better. read news >>

Luke Rockhold Breaks Silence After Yoel Romero Loss at UFC 221 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago

Luke Rockhold didn't speak to reporters following UFC 221, but broke his silence in the wee hours after losing to Yoel Romero. read news >>

UFC 221 post-event facts: Is Yoel Romero the best third-round finisher of all-time?

  • 6 days ago

The best facts, figures and footnotes to come out of UFC 221, which took place Saturday in Perth. read news >>

Yoel Romero Likely to Get Next Shot at UFC Champ Robert Whittaker | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago

Yoel Romero was unable to win the interim UFC middleweight championship at UFC 221, but he'll likely still get the next shot at Robert Whittaker. read news >>

UFC 221's Tyson Pedro wants new bonus for 'Walkout of the Night'

  • 6 days ago

Here’s why light heavyweight Tyson Pedro is “burning” despite an impressive submission win over Saparbek Safarov at UFC 221. read news >>

UFC 221 loss didn't halt Mark Hunt's afterparty

  • 6 days ago

Mark Hunt came out on the losing end of the UFC 221 co-main event, but he seems to be handling it quite well. read news >>