Brave CF 70 main event star Erko “The Bounty Hunter” Jun is well aware that to most fans present, he will be playing the antagonist role when he throws down with Slovenian opponent, Marko Drmonjic in their light heavyweight fight in Ljubljana, Slovenia, tomorrow evening.
The beloved Drmonjic is a Slovenian MMA veteran making his swansong at Brave CF 70 following a decorated career. After 21 fights, the former WFC middleweight title challenger has earned the respect of many, as thousands of fans can recall him only fighting the best of the best.
He will now bring the curtain down on a celebrated career, and with eight professional wins coming in his home country, “Lion Heart” aims to end his active fighting career on a high by earning a memorable victory over Europe’s KO machine in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Jun.
While the fairytale side of this match-up plays out in Drmonjic’s favor, Jun will not allow the moment to affect his performance as the “Bounty Hunter” intends on sweeping the twinkle dust aside when the Brave CF cage door closes.
“I respect his choice to retire. He already knows that he’s taking a hard fight as his last fight, and he knows that I’m a tough guy and that this fight could go 0-100 real quick in a bad way for him,” says Jun, who is set to make his global debut with Brave following five devastating knockouts in five wins.
“I am prepared for anything. Marko is a Balkan warrior. He is not called ‘Lion Heart’ for no reason, I respect that. He has shown me respect, and I respect anyone who enters the cage and shows me respect.
“Marko’s been doing this for a long time, he is a home hero, and he deserves that respect. I know what he means to the fans of Slovenia. However, for me, he is just another opponent, and that is the only way I look at it,” says Jun, who could elevate his status even further by earning another knockout, this time in Slovenia’s largest MMA event.
“It’s not the first time I have fought someone in their home country or backyard, but I believe I will have many of my supporters in the crowd, too.
“Besides, once I show Slovenia a knockout ‘Erko-style’ I will make new fans here, too. On that note, I am so happy to be fighting in Slovenia.
“Finding out that I will be the main event with Marko, wow, what an honor to represent in Brave CF. Many big fighters have fought here, and to check this off my bucket list is a dream come true for me,” added Jun.
While there are a couple of potential “headline” fights on this impressive Brave CF 70 card, it was a no-brainer to offer the main event slot to Jun and Drmonjic in keeping with Brave CF’s principle of always paying homage to veteran fighters or legends of the game.
Drmonjic has given so much to Slovenian and Central European MMA, from fighting to coaching and the administrative side, thus affording him this ground-breaking opportunity to close out his career in front of his home fans on the most-global MMA platform as a sign of respect to the man.
Brave CF 70 will take place Sunday, April 23 in Ljubljana in what will be Brave CF’s second trip to Slovenia following the success of Brave CF 34 in January 2020.