Middleweight prospects Bojan Velickovic and Alessio Di Chirico will meet this spring when both men make their Octagon debuts in Croatia, UFC officials announced on Sunday.
The three-round matchup will be part of the undercard for the first UFC Fight Night in Zagreb, which takes place April 10 at Zagreb Arena. Still without a main event, the show will feature a heavyweight matchup between Gabriel Gonzaga and Ruslan Magomedov, as well as a 205-pound contest pitting Jan Blachowicz against Igor Pokrajac.
Velickovic joins the UFC less than a month after claiming the vacant Resurrection Fighting Alliance welterweight title with a third-round guillotine choke submission of Benjamin Smith. The 27-year-old Serbia native has recorded finishes in 11 of the 13 wins on his ledger -- eight via submission; three via knockout -- and has not been stopped in 16 professional appearances.
Di Chirico, 26, found success in Italy’s amateur system and has since racked up a perfect pro record of 9-0. A similarly impressive finisher, “Manzo” has stopped all but one of his opponents.