Mirsad Bektic
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.
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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.
Booked against Godofredo Pepey at UFC on FOX 27
December 20, 2017
Bektic will take on Godofredo Pepey in a featherweight bout at UFC on FOX 27 in North Carolina on Jan. 27, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
Bektic is looking to bounce back from his knockout loss to Darren Elkins at UFC 209 back in March, his only professional defeat to date. He'll face an opponent in Pepey who owns a 13-5 overall record in professional fights and is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Shane Burgos in July.
Shockingly suffers first career loss against Darren Elkins
March 4, 2017
Bektic lost to Darren Elkins via TKO (punches) at 3:19 of Round 3 at UFC 209 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Bektic's first professional loss will be one that he may never get over. Widely viewed as one of the top prospects in the sport, Bektic was in full control of this fight from the moment the opening bell rang. He landed countless vicious elbows on Elkins and he racked up takedowns at will. He also gassed out badly in the final round and put himself in a position to be finished. In some ways, this lost was a bit of bad luck for Bektic. There are only a handful of people walking the planet earth today that can absorb the damage that Elkins took in this fight and unfortunately for Bektic, one of them was his opponent on Saturday. Still, that doesn't excuse his poor conditioning or questionable decision making. The American Top Team product will be back, but this one will sting.