- ESPN MMA Live – “Next big thing and worth investing in”ESPN MMA Live – “Next big thing and worth investing in”
Pat Miletich talks about Mirsad Bektic on ESPN MMA Live. In this show they look at fighters whose stock is rising and those that are slipping. Pet refers to Mirsad as the next big thing and someone worth investing in. In reply, Mirsad posted this on his Facebook page this morning “It's an honor and huge blessing to be even mentioned by Pat”.
- BosTel – “Mirsad is the next Felix Sturm”BosTel – “Mirsad is the next Felix Sturm”
Mirsad Bektic was recently featured on BosTel www.rtvbostel.com. BosTel calls Mirsad the next "Feliz Sturm of Bosnia". BosTel is a Bosnian TV station in North America. BosTel's viewers are able to get informed about the most recent news and important events in Bosnia and other World countries, as well as among Bosnian communities in the U.S.A and Canada.
- MMA Junkie – Mirsad childhood and the Bosnian WarMMA Junkie – Mirsad childhood and the Bosnian War
Barely 16, and to that point mostly a practitioner of karate, Mirsad Bektic made a somewhat unique decision for a 130-pound high schooler. He was going to be a bodybuilder. There was some need for structure in Bektic's life. One of his favorite pastimes was heading straight for the lunch room when he got to school so he could sneak a nap. Karate provided some of that structure for the Bosnian native, but he wanted something different. He had been going to the gym, and he figured he could make an even bigger commitment and build his body with more discipline. The routine became 4,000 calories a day, including his own container of food he brought to school. He eventually built himself into about 160 pounds and even participated in a show. "I did the whole nutrition program and learned how to be very strict," Bektic told MMAjunkie.com(www.mmajunkie.com). "I had never done something like that before." But the 21-year-old Florida resident has done plenty else in his life, including a start in worn-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina, a period during which he thought his not-dead father had been killed in the war, a few years living in a refuge area in Germany, and a new start in Lincoln, Neb. Now he also has an undefeated MMA record to protect. Bektic's next step comes on Friday when he takes on fellow lightweight Willie Mack (2-2) at the HDNet-televised Titan Fighting Championship 22 at Kansas City, Kan.'s Memorial Hall. The show, headlined by a matchup between UFC vets Anthony Johnson and David Branch, will be Bektic's second Titan appearance and the one he considers his biggest opportunity yet after a 9-0 amateur record and 3-0 start to his pro career. Looking back, he thinks he was close to falling into a non-productive life path. He's proud that he didn't. "There was a lot of temptation to do some bad things," he said. "But I found something positive in my life, even though it wasn't the way I thought it would happen." Leaving a war Bektic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1991 during a time of great turmoil for the area. The war caused the family to split up and move several times – and even a belief for a few years that the father was dead. Bektic's mother first took him and his two brothers to Italy to escape the fighting. It was during their time in that country that the family heard news Bektic's father had been killed. He had stayed behind with several of Bektic's uncles to be part of the army. The next stop was Germany, where the family joined a host of refugees from several countries in what would be their home for several years. "It was kind of like being caged in," he said. "We couldn't really go too far outside where we lived." Eventually, Bektic's mother organized a move to the U.S., where the family landed in 1999 in Lincoln, Neb., speaking virtually no English and in a new country for the third time. By then, they had learned his father was not actually dead, but his mother continued to be the driving force for the three boys (she found out the husband was indeed alive once she tried to marry again). The Bektics had a de-facto sponsor family in Nebraska, which made their transition a little easier, and they loved the new freedoms. The first time they went to a grocery store, three carts were needed. With their mother working a variety of jobs during a variety of hours, the Bektic boys admittedly found some trouble. Then Bektic began karate classes, and he learned his teacher had dual roles. Coincidentally, the teacher also served as a mentor and counselor to potential trouble students at his school. It was a fresh perspective about the need for some change. "I was learning some discipline," he said. "Between doing karate and him talking to us, I knew I could do something different." Undefeated Once Bektic went through his body-building phase that lasted a few years, he found his next interest. One of the other guys at the gym where he worked out also dabbled in MMA, and he told Bektic about the sport. Bektic had enjoyed the karate, felt done with the body building and was ready for a new challenge. He signed up for classes and looked forward to competing. Once he turned 18, he signed up for his first amateur fight, which began a string of wins that has so far made him a combined 12-0 as an amateur and a professional. The first win was easy, but the second gave him confidence. A friend at the gym was also new to fighting, and he was scheduled to face a very well-known fighter in their area. The friend didn't want to make the weight, so he asked Bektic if he wanted to try. Anxious for a gauge of how good he was, he agreed. "I beat him pretty quickly," he said. "That was a big boost for me." And he continued winning through his amateur career before taking his first pro fight this past July. After two straight first-round stoppages to open his pro career, Bektic scored a third-round submission against Cody Carrillo in March at Titan Fighting 21, which set up Friday's fight and what he considers his most important performance yet. "This really feels like it's do or die," he said. "The last fight was important, and this one is even more important."
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