Days removed from the announcement of Julien Leblanc’s signing with BFL, we now know who is opponent is going to be. Leblanc will fight Dejan Kajic who will try to defend his 175lbs title against the fighter from Gatineau at BFL 65.
Julien Leblanc announced the fight in an interview with Radio Canada’s Jonathan V. Jobin yesterday. He will make his way to Vancouver after more than a year on the sidelines to fight the champion and hometown favorite.
The fight will take place in a new weight division for Leblanc as he will fight at 175lbs. That division exists in many Canadian promotions and was even set to be started before the end of 2019 in TKO before the promotion’s postponement of its activities. It’s 5lbs heavier than Leblanc’s last fight, an ill fated attempt to drop down to 170lbs.
It’s the weight cut that played a big role in Leblanc’s first pro loss as he had nothing left for the actual fight. Julien believes that 175lbs is the ideal weight class for him, who has mostly fought at 185 in his pro career.
He said it himself in his interview with Jobin: “I’m a little small for 185, but a little big for 170. I feel like 175 is the perfect middle ground.” (Translated from French)
No matter what the weight class is, Leblanc will have a very tough test in front of him on February 8. Dejan Kajic is a veteran who has been fighting for a long time on the Canadian MMA scene at 185 and even 170. He has a weird record at 12 wins, 7 losses, 2 draws and a no-contest but he is on the best streak of his career right now with 4 straight wins.
He won all three of his fights in 2019 by KO or TKO. He fought tough competition in the process, handing prospect Eric McConico his first pro loss at BFL 61 in June.
Kajic is a very complete fighter who hits hard and has seen it all. He is without the shadow of a doubt at his best ever and will represent Julien Leblanc’s stiffest test.
The fighter from Gatineau has a 5-1 record with wins over Gabriel Rossi and veteran Mike Kent. His only loss came by decision to Damien Lapilus when he tried to cut down to 170.
The BFL 65 card will take place on February 8, 2020 in Vancouver, BC. Jade Masson-Wong will also fight on the card against Jamey-Lyn Horth Wessels in the promotion’s first ever pro Women’s title bout.