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  • Mirsad Bektic out, newcomer Clay Collard meets Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 49
    Mirsad Bektic out, newcomer Clay Collard meets Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 49

    The UFC’s return to Tulsa has a late change for this week’s card. Mirsad Bektic (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has suffered an injury and is out of his featherweight bout against Max Holloway (9-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 49. In his place will step promotional newcomer Clay Collard (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC). UFC officials announced the change on Monday. UFC Fight Night 49 is set for Saturday at BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass. “Cassius” Clay Collard, who trains with The Pit Elevated team in Utah, has won three straight and four of his past five, with just a no-contst keeping him from being perfect over a nearly two-year stretch. Included in his current run is a unanimous decision victory over Team Alpha Male’s Justin Buchholz, a UFC veteran. Ten of his 13 career wins have come by stoppage, including eight knockouts. Holloway has won two straight after the first two-fight skid of his career. After decision losses to Dennis Bermudez and Conor McGregor, the Hawaiian rebounded with a second-round TKO of Will Chope in January and a third-round submission of Andre Fili in April at UFC 172. The American Top Team-trained Bektic was looking to stay unbeaten. He actually was a replacement against Holloway for Ernest Chavez. In April, the 23-year-old from Nebraska made his UFC debut and took a majority decision from Chas Skelly at UFC on FOX 11 in Orlando. The RFA veteran has six stoppages in his eight career wins, but now he’ll have to put his run on hold. http://www.mmajunkie.com

  • Max Holloway replaces Ernest Chavez at UFC Fight Night 49 and meets Mirsad Bektic
    Max Holloway replaces Ernest Chavez at UFC Fight Night 49 and meets Mirsad Bektic

    The UFC’s return to Tulsa continues to evolve with an amended featherweight bout on the card. With Ernest Chavez (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) forced out of his first drop from lightweight, Max Holloway (9-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) now will meet Mirsad Bektic (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 49. UFC officials recently announced the change. UFC Fight Night 49 is set for Aug. 23 at BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. The bulk of the card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following a few prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Holloway has won two straight after the first two-fight skid of his career. After decision losses to Dennis Bermudez and Conor McGregor, the Hawaiian rebounded with a second-round TKO of Will Chope in January and a third-round submission of Andre Fili in April at UFC 172. The American Top Team-trained Bektic will look to stay unbeaten when he meets Chavez. In April, the 23-year-old from Nebraska made his UFC debut and took a majority decision from Chas Skelly at UFC on FOX 11 in Orlando. The RFA veteran has six stoppages in his eight career wins. Chavez was making the drop to 145 pounds following a to Elias Silverio in the third round at the TUF Brazil 3 Finale. In February, he won his first UFC fight when he took a split decision from Yosdenis Cedeno at UFC 170. http://mmajunkie.com

  • Mirsad Bektic vs. Ernest Chavez at UFC Fight Night 49
    Mirsad Bektic vs. Ernest Chavez at UFC Fight Night 49

    The UFC’s featherweight division has a new competitor, and a new fight for August’s card in Tulsa. Ernest Chavez (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will drop from lightweight to featherweight and meet Mirsad Bektic (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 49. UFC officials announced the new booking Thursday night. UFC Fight Night 49 takes place Aug. 23 at BOK Center in Tulsa. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 with a lightweight headliner between former champion Benson Henderson and Rafael dos Anjos. Chavez makes the drop to 145 pounds following a loss three weeks ago in Brazil. The Californian who started his career undefeated, including a win in his UFC debut earlier this year, was tapped out by Elias Silverio in the third round at the TUF Brazil 3 Finale. In February, he won his first UFC fight when he took a split decision from Yosdenis Cedeno at UFC 170. The American Top Team-trained Bektic will look to stay unbeaten when he meets Chavez. In April, the 23-year-old from Nebraska made his UFC debut and took a majority decision from Chas Skelly at UFC on FOX 11 in Orlando. The RFA veteran has six stoppages in his eight career wins. With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 49 card includes: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Benson Henderson Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein Timothy Elliott vs. Wilson Reis Tom Niinimaki vs. Chas Skelly Mirsad Bektic vs. Ernest Chavez http://www.mmajunkie.com

  • Mirsad Bektic survives illegal knee, tops Chas Skelly
    Mirsad Bektic survives illegal knee, tops Chas Skelly

    American Top Team product Mirsad Bektic survived a pair of illegal knees and outworked Team Takedown fighter Chas Skelly for a majority decision. The undefeated fighters waged a back-and-forth fight that should have been stopped after Bektic was concussed by the illegal blows. But despite a point deduction to Skelly, Bektic outpointed him on two of three scorecards. The featherweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC on FOX 11 event at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FOX Sports 1 and a main card on FOX. The final tallies were 29-27 twice for Bektic and one score of 28-28 after three rounds. Afterward, Bektic admitted he saw two of Skelly but wasn’t aware he sustained an illegal blow. The octagon newcomers looked a little too conscious of their records at the start of the bout, staying just out of range of a serious fight. Skelly broke the stalemate with a hard right hand, but Bektic scored the most significant damage of the opening frame when Skelly rolled to his back after an unsuccessful takedown. A series of hard left elbows roughed up Skelly’s face. Bektic began to find his range in the second round, scoring with combinations as Skelly struggled to counter. With 90 seconds left, however, he rocked Bektic with a right hand. What happened next threatened to end the bout. Against the cage, Skelly landed a pair of illegal knees as Bektic posted his hand on the mat, prompting the ref to deduct a point and allow him five minutes to recover. Bektic clearly was hurt and wobbled as he returned to his feet, and yet the bout was continued before the time had elapsed. Bektic continued to fight the remainder of the round. When the two emerged for the third round, he quickly shot for a takedown and initiated a ground exchange. Skelly escaped and managed to hurt Bektic again with punches, but Bektic countered with a huge takedown. A mad scramble for leglocks ended the bout. “I’m usually very aggressive when I fight, but my coaches wanted me to work on staying composed this time,” Bektic said. “I picked my spots carefully against him. The illegal knee definitely hurt, but I was able to weather it and move on as soon as we got back to action. Overall, I’m happy with my performance over a pretty tough opponent.” Bektic (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) extends his unbeaten streak to eight while Skelly (11-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffers the first loss of his professional career. Up-to-the-minute UFC on FOX 11 results include: •Mirsad Bektic def. Chas Skelly via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28) •Derrick Lewis def. Jack May via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:23 For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 11, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site. http://mmajunkie.com

  • LIVE on UFC Fight Pass
    LIVE on UFC Fight Pass

    You can watch Mirsad Bektic take on Chas Scelly in his first UFC fight via UFC Fight Pass. The action begins at 3:30 EST. Team Bektic  

  • Mirsad Bektic signs 4 fight contract with the UFC
    Mirsad Bektic signs 4 fight contract with the UFC

    On March 21st, 2014 top featherweight prospect Mirsad Bektic signed a 4 fight deal with the UFC and will be fighting April 19th in Orlando Florida. Here is what he had to say on that day on his official Facebook page: "I want to personally thank everyone that's helped me get here and all of you that have always supported me along this journey. I wouldn't be here without gods guidance in my life and him orchestrating the right people to come in my life. It's been a dream of mine sense I started fighting and although now I have made it, now begins a new chapter in my career with the same goal!! To be a world champion!! All the love I've been getting makes me feel on top of the world and I just look forward to this opportunity and everything this year has to offer..." www.mirsadbektic.com

  • Mirsad Bektic makes his UFC Debut
    Mirsad Bektic makes his UFC Debut

    Unbeatens Bektic and Skelly added to UFC on FOX card on April 19 in Orlando Two of the top prospects in the featherweight division will enter the Octagon for the first time on April 19, as 7-0 Mirsad Bektic and 11-0 Chas Skelly meet at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Fresh off a first round TKO victory over WEC vet Joe Pearson in December, the 23-year-old Bektic has ended six of his seven wins by KO or submission. The 28-year-old Skelly, a member of the Team Takedown squad in Texas, has ended eight of his 11 victories before the final bell, making this an intriguing matchup where only one of these up and comers will leave with their "0" intact. www.ufc.com

  • MMA Corner “Mirsad Bektic globetrotting his way on to the UFC Radar”
    MMA Corner “Mirsad Bektic globetrotting his way on to the UFC Radar”

    Mixed martial arts is a global sport that has been at the professional level for at least two decades. Granted, the sport continues to evolve with new talent continuously hitting rings around the world, while most of the original pioneers from the early 90s have since retired. However, there are still a handful of veterans gracing the cages of pro MMA, leaving the occasional opportunity for an up-and-comer to fight someone that was already in high school when the younger fighter was born. Mirsad Bektic has had an amazingly wild ride for a 22-year-old. After being born in Bosnia and ultimately forced out of his home in the war-torn nation, Bektic spent some time as a refugee in Germany and ultimately landed in Lincoln, Neb., where the young professional began a dynamic career in MMA. Between his time at Mid-America Martial Arts in Omaha and his current home at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., the well-traveled fighter has managed to go undefeated in six pro fights and four amateur bouts. Only going to decision once, he has proven that he can finish fights no matter where they go, and he can do so in any round. Bektic is part of a huge team at ATT, and being such a dynamic fighter, he is a valuable cornerman for some of his teammates. They live together, they train together, and they fight together. Already establishing himself as a world traveler, Bektic had the opportunity to take a trip to the Far East to corner his teammate, Sirwan Kakai, for Pancrase 252, the 20th anniversary show for the promotion. It was there that he would meet his next opponent, an old-school MMA veteran who is 13 years the elder of Bektic. “Joe Pearson’s been around for a long time,” said Bektic in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “I actually met him in September. I was cornering one of my roommates in Japan, and Joe Pearson fought on the same card. He was one of the only Americans there, like me, so we actually chatted it up a lot. “I actually gave him my manager’s number, in case he wanted to get a fight in Victory [Fighting Championship] sometime. He told me thank you and ended up calling my manager. The only fight he had for him was me, and he took it.” VFC is a regional promotion out of Omaha, and owner Ryan Stoddard is also Bektic’s manager. Pearson is a 35-year-old longtime Miletich fighter who hails from Bettendorf, Iowa. The two cities are only about a four and a half hour drive apart, which makes it very interesting that the match-up was the product of a meeting halfway around the world. At VFC 41, this Saturday night at Ralston Arena in Ralston, Neb., Bektic will face Pearson in what is sure to be an exciting fight. Bektic is a young, very well-rounded MMA machine, and Pearson is the proverbial BJJ slickster. In his 62-fight pro career, dating back to 2002, Pearson has won 39 fights by submission and only four by knockout. Seven of his losses have come by knockout and 11 by submission. Doing the math, this veteran, dubbed “The Triangular Strangler,” has only been to a decision once in his entire career, and that fight was his first-ever pro battle, which ended in a draw. Needless to say, there is very little chance that this fight makes it to the final bell. Pearson comes out to finish fights, and Bektic’s plan is no different. “I feel great,” said the native Bosnian. “I feel like I’m going to be faster, smarter and a more explosive striker. There are a couple things he does really well, better than a lot of people, but I have a great training camp, and I’m going to be more than prepared for that. I look forward to showcasing some different skills from my arsenal. I think this is the perfect fight to do that. “We’re going to touch gloves and get after it. I get after it right away in every fight. I start like I finish every fight. I start strong and I finish strong. I don’t think anybody is going to miss out on any excitement in this one.” Bektic doesn’t really need to tell anybody anything about the way he fights. His performances speak for themselves. In his last fight, at RFA 7 in March, Bektic faced fellow up-and-comer Nick Macias in what turned out to be a very quick fight. In less than two minutes, Bektic completely dismantled his opponent, winning by nasty TKO, and everything went according to strategy. “I trained hard,” stated the ATT phenom. “I knew I had a plan for whichever way the fight went, whether it fell to the ground or stayed on the feet. I knew he would come with a couple different things. As soon as I double-legged him, I already knew what I was doing, and that’s how I was able to finish the job so fast.” Finish the job he did. Although he was ready to get right back in the cage, an injury sidelined Bektic for a few months. While Bektic was in recovery, Stoddard was looking for his next fight, and then the Pearson match popped up. “I found out in October,” Bektic explained. “I had an ankle injury. I was supposed to fight in July, but I got injured then. We were looking at fighting in November, but my manager didn’t want to do something with RFA, so we were looking at some different promotions. He sent out a thing about the Victory show in December and asked if I was okay with that. And, I was like, ‘yeah, why not?’.” So, in a strange turn of global events, Bektic and Pearson will face off Saturday night at VFC 41, and the young man looks to continue with his winning ways. Being only 22, though, he has bigger goals for 2014 than just fighting in regional promotions. “Obviously, my ultimate goal is to be in the UFC,” admitted Bektic. “Hopefully, I only have one more fight in 2014, two at the most, and [then] I’ll get to sign with the UFC. I know they are going to have some shows in Europe—Germany, Turkey and all those places—so I’d love to get on one of those shows. You know, I lived in Germany for six years, and I’m from that part of the world, so that’d be really awesome. My ultimate goal is to be in the UFC by the middle of next year.” While many fighters share this goal, Bektic is considered one of the top up-and-comers in the world, and he has a better chance than most of making it into the big show. The best part about Bektic is his personality. He is not one of those primadonna goofballs with funny-colored hair and an immature, sophomoric attitude, as so often are showcased on The Ultimate Fighter reality show. Bektic keeps his head down, stays out of trouble and allows his performance to speak for itself. “My roommates and I go out to the movies and hang out. I don’t drink or anything, but I like to go out and relax a little bit, and just have fun, you know?” Bektic elaborated. “I just want people to know I’m somebody that is doing the right thing, the right way, and I’m going to fulfill my purpose, which is getting that belt in the UFC.” Bektic keeps life simple, clean and on the right track. His performance in the ring is calculating, nasty, and showcases his top-tier talent. A win over Pearson will only solidify his standing as one of the best featherweights in the world, and if that doesn’t catch the eye of the UFC brass, what will? Source: http://www.themmacorner.com

  • 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.

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