Lazar Stojadinovic stumbled across MMA when he was 15 years old and 12 years later he’s ready to take the game over.
After seven straight wins Stojadinovic is rapidly moving up the featherweight rankings. The product of south Florida’s American Top Team is an elite who has developed into a solid mixed martial artist. MMA wasn’t always the goal though. Stojadinovic explains how he accidentally stumbled across the sport he’s fallen in love with.
“I accidentally got into mixed martial arts. I was actually at my cousins fight, he was fighting, and two guys missed weight,” Stojadinovic said in an interview with The Fight House. “The promoter asked my cousin if he knew anybody who would take the fight on short notice -I was 15 years old at the time – and my cousin suggested he ask us because we fight. The promoter asked us if we wanted to fight that night and me and my brother looked at each other like “ya, why not.” We just jumped into it, we went down the street to the sports authority and bought some shorts, a mouth guard, boiled it and that was my first time ever doing mixed martial arts. I was never a fan of it… and then I tried it out that day and I won by TKO in the third round. After that I fell in love with it.”
Stojadinovic started his MMA career off a going 5-5 in his first 10 fights. Following that he has gone a perfect 6-0 and is riding a seven fight winning streak. He credits the move to American Top Team and honing in his focus on MMA as the reason for his success over the last seven fights.
“Just training MMA, just actually training,” Stojadinovic said. “In the beginning of my career I was a boxer who just when into MMA…I turned pro and I wasn’t training at any mixed martial arts gym. I was basically training at boxing gyms every now and then, going to college to wrestle it was one of those things I was bouncing around and wasn’t really training in mixed martial arts like I need to.
“When I lost two and a row I was like that’s it, either I am done, or I am going 100% in on this,” Stojadinovic said. “I moved down to Florida and started training at American Top Team and with my origianl boxing coach Gino Spencer. That is kind of where everything turned around for me. I credit actually being a mixed martial artist.”
Stojadinovic is looking to make it eight in a row when he takes on Bellator veteran Mike Richman at Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) 2. He believes a win over Richman should be enough to get him on the main stage and from there he believes it is only a matter of time and opportunity before he’s wearing gold.
“I really believe I’m the best in the world and I really believe I can hang with the best in the world. It’s only a matter of time before I get that gold. I really do believe I can hold that UFC title,” Stojadinovic said. “If they call me for 35 and I fight at 35 and I feel fine at 35 I will fight at 35. If they call me for 45 I will fight at 45 and after cleaning out that division I will go down to 35 and clean out that division. I plan on doing big things. I think 2017 is going to be the start of my career, like the real start of my career and I think there is only a matter of time before I clean everything out.”
Stojadinovic takes on Richman at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota on January 20.