Changes hit Saturday’s FFC 29 card, but event goes on with three title fights
Jelčić vs. Pastuch
The MMA part of the event will be headlined by FFC’s MMA lightweight champion Luka Jelčić who will defend the title against dangerous Argentine BJJ fighter Roberto Pastuch. Jeličić was originally to fight Valeriou Mircea, but Modova’s fighter was forced to cancel his appearance due to an injury. And thus Jelčić got a new opponent. Jelčić is currently living and training in Dublin at the famous SBG with Conor McGregor that also contributed to rapid improvement in his game. In December 2016 at FFC 27 in Zagreb, he defeated Bellators’ Danilo Belluardo and won the FFC lightweight belt. His upcoming bout in Ljubljana will also be his first title defense.
Brestovac vs. Poturak
Of all the other exciting matches, the co-main event in the kickboxing part of the show also promises lots of intrigue and drama since FFC’s undisputed heavyweight champion and one of the best heavyweights in the world, Mladen Brestovac, takes on legendary Bosnian KO artist Dževad Poturak. In last three years „The Scorpion Sting“ successfully managed to combine his careers both in Glory and FFC becoming one of the best heavyweights in the world. On the other hand, after numerous health issues, Dževad Poturak managed to get back in shape, decided to fight in heavyweight division again and promised to surprise all fight fans with this upcoming bout.
Magomedov vs. Souza
FFC 29 MMA part of the event will kick off with a catch weight fight between Germany’s Abusupiyan Magomedov and Brazil’s Sergio Souza. This spot was originally reserved for Slovenia’s MMA prospect Uroš Jurišić who was forced to cancel the match due to an injury. This is when Abusupiyan “Abus” Magomedov, one of Europe’s best -84 kg fighters, stepped up and this weekend he is to fight in his second FFC match.
In one of the most anticipated matches, FFC Futures 2014 champion Tilen Kolarič (3-2) is to face FFC’s former lightweight champion and Stockholm’s Allstars Gym member Ahmed Vila (5-1). Kolarič is one of Slovenia’s biggest MMA prospects who impressed fight fans in 2014 when he won the FFC Futures tournament. After his not so successful FFC debut against Danilo Belluardo, Kolarič will try to score a win in front of his hometown audience against dangerous Ahmed Vila.
When it comes to other Slovenian fighters, Aleksander Stankov will fight Austria’s Rene Wimmer in a middleweight MMA clash, while Slovenia’s MMA prospect Jasmin Memović is to lock horns with Croatia’s Marko Ostanek.
FFC 29 – Ljubljana “Champion vs. Champion”
Samo Petje (SLO) vs. Eyevan Danenberg (NED), -77kg – title match
Mladen Brestovac (CRO) vs Dževad Poturak (BiH), HW – title match
Donegi Abena (NED) vs. Fabien Fouquet (FRA), HW
Aleksander Stankov (SLO) vs. Rene Wimmer (AUT), -85kg
Toni Mikelić (CRO) vs. Labinot Zekaj (ALB) -85kg
Mensur Murić (MNE) vs. Ivan Šakić (BiH), -85kg
Luka Jelčić (CRO) vs. Roberto Pastuch (ARG), -70kg – title match
Abusupiyan Magomedov (GER) vs. Sergio Souza (BRA), – 80kg
Tilen Kolarič (SLO) vs. Ahmed Vila (BiH), -66kg
Ivan Erslan (CRO) vs. Ivica Tadijanov (CRO), -93kg
Jasmin Memović (SLO) vs. Marko Ostanek (CRO) – 75kg