We sat down with Miran "Rocky" Fabjan, a fighter in the underappreciated weight range around 80kg. Miran is nipping at the heels of breaking into the Top 10 at Light Heavyweight. For the better part of his career, Miran has fought in Slovenia for WFC, where he's made a name for himself. He's looking to make a name for himself internationally in 2012, as he enters the 2012 Tatneft Cup, which features some of the best Light Heavyweight fighters in the world. We talked to Miran about a plethora of subjects, including his background as a fighter and the popularity of kickboxing.
Liverkick: To the people who don't know you, introduce yourself and tell us about your fighting background.
Miran: I am Miran Fabjan. I am a 26 year old fighter from Slovenia. I started training Muay Thai at Yaksha Combat Team at 19 years old. After one year I moved - The first event I had seen was (Giorgio) Petrosyan vs. Tavelek. And I was so impressed with Petrosyan and I watched him everywhere he fought. And he trains like 30 minutes away from my house and after one year of training at Yaksha I spent three years training with Petrosyan with Alfio Romanut. I did like 9 fights after for that gym and then I moved back to Yaksha Combat Team where I startedto train again with my first trainer. But I keep a very good relationship with Petrosyan. Now I started to do professional fights and I hope it will continue this way.
Liverkick: So you've fought a lot for the Slovenian promotion WFC.
Miran: Yeah, like 9 fights.
Liverkick: How has your time been in WFC? Has it made you popular in Slovenia?
Miran: First it was a tournament. WFC organized a tournament and I was like no one. I was like one of the weakest parts of the tournament and in the first fight I fought the third favorite, Sandi Borojevic. I won against Sandi and then in the semi-final I also fought a good fighter, Matej Bregar. I also won against Matej Bregar. And then it's funny because the story of the final, I did two full fights. In the final I became the best Slovenian fighter against Rozle Jazbinšek, took only 45 seconds. First fight and second fight, he just passed. He passed without fighting so I had like 6 rounds and he had nothing. (Jazbinsek won in under a minute in his first fight, then didn't fight a second fight because his opponent was injured, so he automatically went to the final.) After three rounds the judges called an extra round in which I KO'd him like 30 seconds before the end with a right hook. After this tournament it was very very media you know, media really covered this tournament and after this tournament I became well known in Slovenia. So I was main event for the next three times. All the next three times I won by KO. Then they brought in (Alexander) Stetsurenko who KO'd me. So yeah, I did a lot of fights with WFC and I'm very very happy to represent this Slovenian organization in Europe and in Slovenia.
Liverkick: So besides Alexander Stetsurenko, you've also fought another top opponent, Sem Braan in Holland, tell us about that.
Miran: Sem Braan, yes, we had an offer from Mike's Gym to fight Sem Braan, we didn't think twice. It's the guy I watched on TV. Itwas the biggest test of my career. I think he's one of the top guys in my division. It was a tough fight, it went the distance, 3 rounds. I think we were really close, but maybe Sem Braan scored a little more with low kicks so the judges give him a victory. It was a good experience and I hope it will help me now in Tatneft to win the close fights.
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