Mirsad Bektic

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Crushing loss to Josh Emmett
July 13, 2019
Bektic lost to Josh Emmett via TKO (punches) at 4:25 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
One step forward, two steps back for Bektic. Viewed by many as the future at 145 pounds, Bektic has now been knocked out in two of his past four fights. He is athletic and a very good wrestler, but like many TriStar products, struggles mightily when forced to stand-and-trade for any significant length of time. A straight left jab from Emmett led to the finish on Saturday. Other than a split-decision victory over Ricardo Lamas his last time out, Bektic has yet to defeat anyone of note in his eight-year MMA career. Simply put, the 28-year-old may have been overrated from the very start.
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Draws Josh Emmett at UFC Sacramento
May 26, 2019
Bektic will face off against Josh Emmett at UFC Sacramento on July 13, freelance journalist Farah Hannoun reports.
By the time UFC Sacramento rolls around, Bektic will have gone more than an entire year without a fight, as a scheduled matchup against Renato Moicano ultimately fell through. Nonetheless, he'll look to earn his third straight victory after defeating Godofredo Castro in January of 2018 and Ricardo Lamas in June of 2018. Bektic is 13-1 as a professional, and 6-1 overall since joining the promotion. In this matchup, Bektic will presumably look to his wrestling, as he averages 3.59 takedowns per 15 minutes, and Emmett defends them at a rate of just 50 percent. Bektic will hold a two-inch height advantage when the Octagon doors close, while both men check in with a 70-inch reach.
Won't fight Renato Moicano after all
November 15, 2018
Bektic has been removed from the card for UFC 231 at Toronto, MMAFighting.com reports.
The promotion will search for a new opponent for Moicano after Bektic was dropped from the bout. He owns a 13-1 record and won his last two fights against Ricardo Lamas and Godofredo Pepey.
Set to face Renato Moicano in Toronto
October 22, 2018
Bektic will take on Renato Moicano in Toronto on Dec. 8 at UFC 231, Marcelo Barone and Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
Bektic has won back-to-back fights after losing his first career bout to Darren Elkins in March of 2017. First he polished off Godofredo Pepey in January and then defeated Ricardo Lamas via split decision in Chicago during the summer. Those outings set himself up for an intriguing fight with Moicano, who is coming off a pair of victories following his first loss -- to Brian Ortega in July of 2017 -- which matches Bektic's record of 13-1.
Earns huge win Saturday over Ricardo Lamas
June 9, 2018
Bektic defeated Ricardo Lamas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 225 on Saturday in Chicago.
Credit Bektic for digging deep against a tough opponent. This fight wasn't as lopsided as the numbers made it seem. Bektic ended up with a 107-74 edge in total strikes in addition to racking up 8:34 worth of control time. He landed the cleaner, more effective shots, but he didn't overwhelm Lamas. The 27-year-old Bektic remains one of MMA's rising stars. He can defeat his opposition in a variety of ways and he has a complete offensive game. Big things are ahead for Bektic.
Rebounds to pick up easy win Saturday in Charlotte
January 27, 2018
Bektic defeated Godofredo Pepey via TKO (punches) at 2:47 of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 27 on Saturday in Charlotte.
On the sidelines since his shocking loss (the first of his career) to Darren Elkins last March, Bektic returned in style on Saturday. He destroyed Pepey with a perfectly placed punch to the gut and it was immediately evident that the fight was over. The brutality of the shot and Pepey's immediate reaction helped Bektic pick up a $50,000 Performance of the Night post-fight bonus. Despite the aforementioned Elkins loss, Bektic, who turns 27 years old in a few weeks, remains one of the top overall prospects in the sport. He does everything well and gets high-end training every day with American Top Team in South Florida. The future remains extremely bright for Bektic.