UFC newcomer Goran Reljic will make his UFC debut on May 24th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at UFC 84. Reljic will face American Top Team fighter Wilson Gouveia (10-4), winner of four-straight UFC fights, in a televised main card bout.
Earlier this year MMAFrenzy.com announced the signing of the Croatian light heavyweight prospect who was to make his debut with the promotion in March. When the event he was to compete on was scrapped, Reljic’s UFC debut was pushed back.
Now set for his octagon debut, the 7-0 Reljic recently sat down for a pre-UFC 84 interview with MMAManager.net’s Zoran Saric:
MMA Manager: Hello Goran How is your day today?
Goran Reljic: My day is doing great thanks for asking.
MMA Manager: Which city are you stationed in at the moment?
GR: At the moment I am in the beautiful Las Vegas.
MMA Manager: What a pleasant surprise to have you in the US. Is it your first time here?
GR: My first time here, yes.
MMA Manager: So you must have lot of fun in Vegas?
GR: Not really. To be honest with you I havenâ€™t seen the town yet, at the moment I just eat, train and sleep. That s why I am here.
MMA Manager: Let me guess, you are training in Randy Coutureâ€™s gym?
GR: You are right!!
MMA Manager: When did you decide to change training camp 2 months before the fight?
GR: First of all I took strong advice from my manager Zoran Saric to come to the US and prepare for the fight 2 months before,
and on the top of that I need to train with the UFC level fighters which is hard to get in Europe.
MMA Manager: How is your preparation for upcoming fight coming up?
GR: Excellent I am injury free; train 2-3 times a day usually morning strength and conditioning and night sparing and techniques.
MMA Manager: Who are your sparing partners?
GR: Randy Couture, Wanderlei Silva, Forrest Griffin, Martin Kampmann, Jay White, Mike Pyle and all the others from Extreme Couture.
MMA Manager: What do you think about Extreme Couture?
GR: Its great because there are a lot of high level sparring partners at the one place, trainings are hard but that s the only way to push forward and make the progress to win.
MMA Manager: Where did you train in Europe?
GR: In Croatia with CRO COP, and in London with Roger Gracie
MMA Manager: Can you explain the difference between Europe and US in training of MMA?
GR: It would take me whole week to talk about, let s say that Europe and USA are 2 different worlds as far as training goes.
MMA Manager: So how did you end it up in UFC?
GR: I am here to fight and I believe one day be the best, and for everything else my manager Zoran Saric is the man who made the decisions in my carrier and he got me in the UFC.
MMA Manager: Letâ€™s talk about your opponent Wilson Gouveia, what do you know and think about him?
GR: He is a good fighter with great guillotine chokes, heavy hands, strong grip and strong leg kicks, all respect to him but he did not impress me in any way.
It looks like heâ€™s got a lot of luck fighting. For everything else I know that I am better fighter and I will prove it may 24th with no mercy; its business, its not personal.
MMA Manager: He is coming from last 4 straight wins in UFC, what do you think about that? Did he impress you in any way?
GR: Not at all, seems like he was losing in every one of them and somehow ended up with Guillotine or KO but luck is important too.
MMA Manager: What are your plans and tools for the upcoming fight?
GR: Not too many people know about me and my skills and just for the first time I would like to keep it a secret.
MMA Manager: This is your biggest fight so far, are you exited and mentally ready for it?
GR: Yes I am excited and ready. I canâ€™t wait!
MMA Manager: Any thanks to sponsors or people responsible for you carrier?
GR: Yes thanks to my sponsors, my manager, all my trainers, sparing partners, and the people who supported me.
MMA Manager: We wish you best of luck and thanks for your time. Thank you