While Saturday was a disappointing day for one of SBG Ireland’s foreign-born fighters, it proved a pretty successful day for another.
Before ‘The Russian Hammer’ Artem Lobov lost to Cub Swanson in a cracking scrap at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville, Tennessee, Croatian-born SBG lightweight Luka Jelčić was in action on a Final Fight Championship card in Slovenia. Jelčić claimed the European promotion’s vacant 155-pound title with a first-round stoppage win over Italy’s Danilo Belluardo last December and Saturday saw him make his first defence. His opponent was 6-2 Argentine Roberto Pastuch, a 36-year-old coming off of a submission win over Jelčić’s countryman Leo Zulić.
However, there would be no Croatian double for Pastuch.
Like all-but one of Jelčić’s previous nine pro victims, the South American couldn’t make it out of the first round. In fact, he barely made it out of the first minute, as a savage salvo of elbows from Jelčić forced the referee to call a halt to the action after just 75 seconds.
Brutal elbow GNP KO by Luka Jelčić (vs Roberto Pastuch) in the FFC 29 main event. Defends his FFC LW title. @JelcicLuka pic.twitter.com/paVTXaXsh4
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 22, 2017
The win brings Jelčić’s winning-streak to four straight and his overall record to 10-2. With a solid run of form, an exciting style, a penchant for finishes and connections to a big name camp, Jelčić might well find himself on the UFC roster before too long.