Gorjan Slaveski

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Gorjan Slaveski on BKFC 165 lb class “None of their styles impress me”

Gorjan Slaveski tests skills with Yosdenis Cedeno in the main event of BKFC 35 on January 27th.

Slaveski appeared on Bowks Talking Bouts and we discussed his proximity to a welterweight title shot, making his bare-knuckle debut in April of last year and accruing a 4-0 record, plus so much more. Excerpts from our chat are below.

Gorjan Slaveski

Making his bare-knuckle debut last year in April to now being 4-0 as he heads into a title eliminator

“Oh this is my sport, man. I was made for this. I found myself over here way more than I found myself in boxing.
I’m going to stay here for a while. I just feel like this is like a home base for me. Because I have a combination of street fighter and boxing skills. So it suits me well.”

Takeaways from the last fight after beating a savvy Russian bare-knuckle boxer in Evgeny Kurdanov on five days’ notice

“So that performance was, I tried to box a little bit more. Because I was actually expecting for him to come in and to be more aggressive. But that didn’t happen because I established my power in the first round. I saw that I can pace myself and because it was on a high altitude, I’m not going to lie it was pretty hard because, you know, conditioning-wise. So around the third round, I have to calculate every punch.”

Slaveski continued, “I had to pick and choose because also my hand was hurt, my left one. So I was using a lot of feints. I was like boxing on that fight. So I learned a lot definitely. I’m gonna switch it up, we’ll see. I’m going to adapt to the situation in this one. Whatever he brings to the table, I’m going to shut it down.”


Slaveski’s thoughts on his next opponent Yosdenis Cedeno 

“All I know is he’s an MMA fighter and I saw that he has two bare-knuckle fights. But other than that, I don’t know too much about him. I really don’t care, to be honest. Not in a cocky way, I just don’t care. Yeah, I’m going to do what I do. I care about my performance and whatever he’s going to bring to the table, like I said, I’m going to going to shut it down.”

Gogo’s perceptions on how a Luis Palomino championship fight may play out

“So if he stays at 165 because he rather choose for 155 than 165. So if he stays at 165 and we fight, that’s gonna be a bad night for him like for sure. Because he’s a tough opponent, he is definitely skilled, he knows what he’s doing in there like hands down for sure. But I will bring something else to the table. I’m an aggressive fighter but I’m also calm. I don’t know, man. None of their styles impress me, to be honest. Like none of them.”

Slaveski eyeballing a future clash with Mike Perry

“I’ll fight Mike Perry at 175, at 185, at 165. Whatever weight he wants, I’ll fight him and I’ll fight him on like two days’ notice, twelve hours, whatever he wants. Everything on his terms, I will fight him… Yeah, he is a bigger name. He’s got success behind him. I feel like he’s bringing that success in bare-knuckle. But that doesn’t mean anything to me. I just want to prove to everybody that the UFC success and the MMA, that doesn’t mean anything over here in bare knuckle.”

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Dylan Bowker
I've been enamored with combat sports for as long as I can remember. I've hosted MMA talk shows Lights Out and Pure Fight Radio with featured guests like Jens Pulver, Roy Nelson, Miesha Tate, Mark Coleman, and more. I've been an MMA broadcaster for XFFC as well as BTC and have done play by play commentary on live pay per view on GFL as well as FITE TV. I've provided written, audio, and video content covering some of the biggest MMA promotions like Rumble in the Cage, Unified MMA, and King of the Cage. I've worked as a sports entertainment personality for over five years and given play-by-play or featured promotions of KSW, ONE Championship, TKO, and Invicta FC. My work can be found in the USA Today Sports affiliate MMA Torch, Cageside Press, MMA Sucka, and Liberty Multimedia.