Read along and learn why these two fighters will be facing arguably
the toughest tests of their respective careers on April 20 for
UFC Fight Night 149 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
At 6’1”, Jotko towers over Amedovski who registers at 5’10”. But as
Amedovski’s resume shows, this has never been much of a problem.
One thing is for certain, though -- the
American Top Team Rome standout has never fought anyone more
experienced and credentialed than Jotko, and this could spell the
difference in their upcoming bout.
Most recent layoff
Amedovski last fought in December 2018 whereas Jotko has a longer
layoff, having last fought a full year ago at UFC on Fox 29 in
April 2018. And while Amedovski capped off a successful two-fight
stint in Bellator with a 12-second knockout of Ibrahim
Mane, Jotko is coming off a TKO setback to Brad
Tavares. Prior to that, he lost to David
Branch and Uriah Hall by
decision and TKO, respectively.
Jotko is the younger of the two fighters but it’s him who has a lot
more experience. The 29-year-old middleweight has been a pro since
2010 and made his way to the UFC three years later. He currently
holds an Octagon record of 6-4, which is 10 more fights than the
31-year-old Amedovski who is just making his debut at UFC Fight
What Amedovski lacks in experience, he sure makes up with a solid
reputation marked by eight knockouts in as many victories. The
Italian-Macedonian boasts a 100 percent finishing rate and is yet
to taste defeat, which is precisely the reason the UFC has gotten a
hold of him. And while he was busy trying to find his place in the
sport, Jotko was piling up victories. He currently has 19, but with
12 wins by decision, he only files a 37 percent finishing rate.
Amedovski doesn’t just stop his opponents; he destroys them and
does so quick. In fact, only two of his eight victims were good
enough to survive one round with him. He has four fights that ended
in under a minute, including an 11-second and a 12-second stoppage.
Jotko isn’t much of a fast starter as only four of his wins came
inside round one.
Wins by submission
Jotko is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt who is just about ready
to exploit his opponent’s perceived weakness on the ground. And
while he only has two submission victories in his pro career, Jotko
is good at controlling people on the ground. As for Amedovski, it
is easy to dismiss him as being a one-trick pony as he seems not
too fond of submissions.