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“Everyone that is successful has the same mindset, the same approach and you see that recipe for success, whatever industry they’re in, so I just try to learn more from the people that have accomplished more than me,” he added. “I try to sit there and pick their brain, take in as much info as I can about life choices, training choices.”

There is also something to be said for seeing people you’ve surrounded yourself with for years take that next step and have success on the biggest stage in the sport, as Kajic has with fighters like Cole Smith and fellow Lower Mainland veteran and longtime training partner Tristan Connelly, whom he cornered in his UFC debut at home in Vancouver in September 2019.

“When you see guys on TV that succeed and they make it, you think there is something unique and special about them, and you’re like, ‘That’s unreachable,’” said Kajic, who came up short in his previous attempt to claim the BFL welterweight title several years ago. “When the guys around you start making it, you’re like, ‘Wait a second — they’re me; there is nothing mystic about them.’

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“Success is achievable by anybody — you just have to make sure you surround yourself with the right people, make the right choices to get there, and all of that has to be supported with an ungodly amount of hard work.”

Friday’s contest is an opportunity for Kajic to take another step towards fulfilling his big-league aspirations, but in order to get there, he first needs to get through the undefeated Cameron.


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