Mirsad Bektic

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Struggles continue at UFC 247
FeatherweightUFC
February 8, 2020
Bektic lost to Dan Ige via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 247 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
Long on talent and short on performance, it was a typical up and down performance from Bektic. He nearly got run out of the Toyota Center by Ige in Round 1 before completely flipping the script in Round 2 with his grappling. Bektic had Ige in a very deep choke but ultimately couldn't get the stoppage and did very little in Round 3. We have reached the point in which Bektic has essentially evolved into a one-dimensional grappler. He's reckless on the feet and absorbs far too much punishment in the striking game. The fact he hasn't made any notable improvements under the tutelage of Firas Zahabi is particularly concerning. Bektic is 2-3 in his last five fights dating back to March 2017.
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Paired against Dan Ige
FeatherweightUFC
November 5, 2019
Bektic will face Dan Ige on Feb. 8 at an event in a location that hasn't yet been disclosed, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Bektic lost his most recent fight by first-round TKO to Josh Emmett back in July. That was his second loss in his last four matches, bringing his career record to 13-2. His opponent, Ige, has won his last four matches.
Crushing loss to Josh Emmett
FeatherweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Draws Josh Emmett at UFC Sacramento
FeatherweightUFC
May 26, 2019
Bektic will face off against Josh Emmett at UFC Sacramento on July 13, freelance journalist Farah Hannoun reports.
ANALYSIS
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
FeatherweightUFC
November 15, 2018
Bektic has been removed from the card for UFC 231 at Toronto, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
FeatherweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.