UFC: There aren’t many fighters from Alaska or Serbia. How does it feel to represent these two regions?
UM: It’s a big thing for me and for the Anchorage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team. They are with me today and this weekend. It really is a great thing.
Coming from a small country, Serbia, it’s not that big in the UFC. We only have a handful of fighters. Representing that means a lot to me. I can wear my flag and proudly represent my country where I grew up and where I come from. How well behaved I am or what kind of family I come from is one of the most important things to me; to represent what I am and what I represent. It’s being a professional athlete, being a good human being, a friend, a son, a family member. These are the things that I am very proud of.
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Representing Alaska, they welcomed me as a member of my family. I moved there and didn’t know many people. I joined a gym and they slowly accepted me and welcomed me. I am very grateful to have met these kinds of people in my life. It could have gone the other way. I might meet bad people and not be so lucky. Not everyone is lucky enough to be raised by a decent family, to go to school, you know? I had my second family, my Anchorage family, to support me and we did some good things. We moved forward, we achieved what we had planned for years. I am very confident and very proud to represent Serbia and Anchorage.