Dejan Kajic (14-7-2) isn’t sure how much longer he will fight for.
The 38-year-old from Bosnia, who now lives in Vancouver, B.C., is set to defend his BFL super welterweight title against JC Llamas (9-7) in the main event of BFL 74. Kajic is riding a six-fight winning streak and coming off a first-round knockout win back in April at BFL 72 to defend his belt.
After the victory, he was booked to fight in July, but after his opponent pulled out, he wasn’t sure when he would return.
“Honestly, I have had a lot of guys pull out, so I was just hoping for the best. I then got this fight and I liked it because I wanted to fight a veteran with some experience,” Kajic said to MMA Empire.
“I didn’t know much about him at first, but he gives me that old-school, tough, respectful vibe and I have heard really good things about him. This is the stamp of approval to beat a veteran who has fought some top guys.”
Against Llamas, Kajic believes he has to be aware of the American’s overhand and his judo throws. Yet, the champ believes if he can keep it standing he will eventually take over and beat Llamas to defend his belt again.
“Same as always, I have to read him. He has a big overhand, so I have to be careful and he’s crafty with the clinch and has a lot of judo trips and stuff,” Kajic said.
“He has a good base and is a shorter guy, so if I maintain my distance and read him out, and once I have read him out I think it will be my fight.”
If Kajic defends his belt, he isn’t sure what it does for him. He thought he should’ve been in a big promotion by now anyway, so with that, he says BFL 74 might be his last fight locally as he admits he loses money when he competes.
“I really don’t care what it does for me. I’m getting close to the end of my career. I’m 38 and I want to get married and have kids, so this might be one of my last fights locally. I’m looking at it that way,” Kajic concluded.
“I risk everything for my stock to stay the same so who gives a f**k if I’m on a six, seven, or eight-fight win streak. If the big promotions want me they will get me. Like, I lose money when I fight, so it’s for my own personal satisfaction, so after a while the squeeze is not worth the juice.”
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