March 20, 1984 |
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
Light Heavyweight (2004-2008) (2010-present)
|Reach||81 in (206 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Rank||Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2004–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
Goran Reljic made his professional MMA debut at 2004 against Bojan Spalevic.Goran won the fight via submission (armbar) in the first round. His second fight was against Andrej Bregar in Trbovlje Slovenia. Goran won the fight via submission (arm triangle choke).
Ultimate Fighting Championship
His next fight was slated to be at UFC 90 against Thales Leites, but Reljic sustained a serious back injury and was replaced by Drew McFedries. He would not return to active competition for nearly two years.
Reljic finally made his return and faced CB Dollaway on February 21, 2010 at UFC 110, where he would be making his middleweight debut. Reljic lost the fight via unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the bout 29-28.
Reljic returned to the light heavyweight division and faced Krzysztof Soszynski on November 13, 2010 at UFC 122. After losing the fight via unanimous decision, Reljic was released from the promotion.
In his first post UFC fight, Reljic faced Goran Scepanovic on October 7, 2011 at BEFN 6, where he won by TKO at 1:31 of the first round.
Reljic then faced Rogent Lloret in a heavyweight bout on March 24, 2012 at Strength and Honor Championship in Geneve Switzerland. Reljic won the fight by TKO at 3:02 of the first round.
Reljić fought Jan Błachowicz in a main fight on KSW 22 for light heavyweight world title. He lost the fight via Unanimous Decision. After loss he changed team and now he is in ATT(American Top Team) and practises with fighters like Antonio Silva, Jeff Monson, Tyron Woodley, Hector Lombard etc.
Goran Reljic was born March 20, 1984, in a coastal town of Zadar, Dalmatia, Croatia.
First sport that Goran started to train was tennis at the age of 6. After that he started to train athletics and other sports, but he never trained any martial arts until the age of 19, when he started to practice sport Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing just for fun. One year later he made his professional MMA debut at Zagreb, Croatia defeating Bojan Spalevic via submission in the first round. It was after that fight that Goran realized that MMA is something he wants to do seriously. Goran traveled across the Europe to train in various camps. He spent a lot of time in London, England training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Roger Gracie, Lucio Rodrigues and Braulio Estima. In 2008 at the age of 24 and 8-0 pro MMA record Goran signed with UFC. He had a very successful debut at 205 lbs. weight division against Wilson Gouveia. After a hard battle Goran won the fight by TKO (Punches) in the second round winning the fight of the night award. After that Goran decided to drop down to middleweight.
Goran was supposed to fight Thales Leites but he suffered a bad back injury that will put him down for a long period of time. He had to go through a very complicated lower back surgery (L-5, S-1) suffering the damage at the nerve of his left leg. Doctors said he will never walk properly again. During his rehabilitation after the surgery Goran saved 2 lives, when a car crashed at the sea in front of his house in Zadar. Goran pulled both men out of the drowning car.
After a very difficult period Goran returned to training and faced C.B. Dolloway on February 21 at Acer Arena in Sidney, Australia. Goran lost the fight via decision.
He than faced Kendall Groove at UFC 116 in Las Vegas, Nevada, losing by split decision. He than returned to 205 lb weight division and faced Krzysztof Soszynski on November 13, 2010 in Oberhausen, Germany. Goran lost the fight via decision.
After that Goran took some time off and didn't fight until October 7, 2011 in a small show in Zagreb, Croatia, where he fought as a heavyweight against Goran Scepanovic. Goran won the fight via TKO (Punches) in the first round. After that Goran faced a Spanish heavyweight prospect Rogent Lloret on March 24, at Geneve, Switzerland. Goran won the fight via TKO (Punches) in the first round.
On August 11, 2012 Goran traveled to Nakhodka, Russia to fight under Draka Rules against Gadji Magomedov. After 4 rounds Goran won the fight via decision.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||12 wins||4 losses|
|Win||12-4||Nikolay Osokin||KO (liver kick)||Draka 13||August 30, 2013||1||0:47||Vladivostok, Russia|
|Loss||11-4||Jan Błachowicz||Decision (unanimous)||KSW 22||March 16, 2013||3||5:00||Warsaw, Poland||For the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship title.
Return to Light Heavyweight. Fight of the Night.
|Win||11-3||Gadji Magomedov||Decision (unanimous)||Draka 8||August 11, 2012||4||3:00||Nakhodka, Russia|
|Win||10-3||Rogent Lloret||TKO (punches)||S&HC 5||March 24, 2012||1||3:02||Geneva, Switzerland||Heavyweight bout|
|Win||9-3||Goran Scepanovic||TKO (punches)||Bilic-Eric Security Fight Night 6||October 7, 2011||1||1:31||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Loss||8-3||Krzysztof Soszynski||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 122||November 13, 2010||3||5:00||Oberhausen, Germany||Return to Light Heavyweight.|
|Loss||8-2||Kendall Grove||Decision (split)||UFC 116||July 3, 2010||3||5:00||Nevada, United States|
|Loss||8-1||C.B. Dollaway||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 110||February 21, 2010||3||5:00||Sydney, Australia||Middleweight Debut.|
|Win||8–0||Wilson Gouveia||TKO (punches)||UFC 84||May 24, 2008||2||3:15||Nevada, United States||UFC Debut. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||7–0||Waldemar Golinski||Decision (unanimous)||BE 2 - Boxing Explosion 2||August 2, 2007||2||5:00||Celje, Slovenia|
|Win||6–0||Tomek Smykowski||Submission (armbar)||CF - The Real Deal||May 5, 2007||1||4:51||Maribor, Slovenia|
|Win||5–0||Petr Kelner||Submission (armbar)||Ultimate Fight - Challenge 1||December 9, 2006||2||3:47||Samobor, Croatia|
|Win||4–0||Bojan Mihajlovic||Submission (kimura)||NS 3 - Noc Skorpiona 3||February 18, 2006||1||2:51||Šibenik, Croatia|
|Win||3–0||Nenad Djuric||TKO (punches)||NS 1 - Noc Skorpiona 1||April 29, 2005||2||0:54||Zadar, Croatia|
|Win||2–0||Andrej Bregar||Submission (arm triangle choke)||Trboulje 1 - Croatia vs. Slovenia||November 5, 2004||1||1:52||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Win||1–0||Bojan Spalevic||Submission (armbar)||UFD - Ultimate Fight Dubravc||April 4, 2004||1||4:20||Zagreb, Croatia|
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- "C.B. Dollaway vs. Goran Reljic reportedly on tap for UFC 110 in Australia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
- "Kendall Grove vs. Goran Reljic at UFC 116". truefighting.webs.com.com. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
- "UFC 116 LIVE RESULTS AND PLAY-BY-PLAY". mmaweekly.com. 2010-07-03.
- "Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Goran Reljic targeted for UFC 122 in Germany". mmajunkie.com.com. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
- "Goran Reljic released by UFC after third consecutive loss". fiveouncesofpain.com.com. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
- Reljić prije meča za KSW naslov: Svjestan sam da jedino mogu pobijediti prekidom(Croatian)