Goran Reljic (8-0), who makes his middleweight debut against CB Dollaway on February 21 at UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia, recently spoke to Sherdog about the bout, his first since undergoing back surgery following his knockout of Wilson Gouveia in May 2008 in his UFC debut:
“I had a long layoff. I had surgery on my back and I had some other issues in my life. Now everything is taken care of and I’m back. I’ve been doing a lot of physical therapy since the surgery and getting my body back into shape. Doctors actually told me I’ll never fight again, but I love to prove people wrong and now I’m back. I can’t wait to step inside and fight again.
I said to them, ‘I’m going to show you who’s not going to be capable of coming back to the sport. I’m going to show you that you’re wrong.’ I said (that) to them in their face. I told them I’m going to prove you wrong and that’s what I did. Look where I am now. I’m coming back. I feel great. I have a heart. I never quit and I proved them all wrong.
People thought I was a standup fighter when I first showed up in the UFC. I’m not. I’m a grappler. I came from a jiu-jitsu background. I’ve been working on my wrestling a lot, and like I said, you’ve got to work for everything. Absolutely everything. You can never say, ‘I have a good standup; I’m going to do wrestling. I don’t need to do standup anymore.’ Or ‘I’m going to do jiu-jitsu and I’m not going to do standup.’ You have to improve on everything.
C.B. is a great fighter. He’s a great wrestler. He has solid standup skills as well. I think he mixes it up all together pretty good. I just think we’re going to put on a great show for the crowd and I hope everybody’s going to see what they expect and everybody’s going to be satisfied.”