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Mirsad Bektić (born February 16, 1991) is a Bosnian-American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of September 16, 2019, he is #13 in the UFC featherweight rankings.[2]

Mirsad Bektić
Born (1991-02-16) February 16, 1991 (age 28)
Srebrenica, SFR Yugoslavia (today Bosnia and Herzegovina)
ResidenceChicago, Illinois, United States
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Reach70 in (178 cm)[1]
StyleFreestyle Wrestling, Boxing, Karate
Fighting out ofMontreal, Quebec, Canada
TeamTristar Gym
Relentless MMA
American Top Team
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission3
By decision4
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Mirsad Bektić was born on February 16, 1991, to Bosnian Muslim parents in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina) amid the breakup of Yugoslavia. At the age of three, he relocated to Italy with his mother Suada Bektić and his siblings fleeing the Bosnian War, a conflict which claimed the lives of his maternal grandparents and several relatives.[3] The family moved again for a five-year stay in Germany.[4] Bektić moved to the United States at age nine,[5] where his family settled in Lincoln, Nebraska.[4] He has two older brothers and a younger sister. Bektić went to Irving Middle School, and graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School.[5] He began training in karate after moving to the United States before transitioning to mixed martial arts in 2008.[6]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Bektić made his professional debut in 2011, competing primarily in regional promotions across the Central United States where he compiled an undefeated record of 7–0 before signing with the UFC in early 2014.[7] Prior to being signed by the UFC, Bektić was touted by notable publication who listed Bektić at #1 in its "MMA's Top 25 Prospects" list in 2014.[6]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Bektić made his promotional debut against fellow newcomer Chas Skelly on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11.[8] Bektić won the back and forth fight via majority decision. The fight was nearly stopped in the second round as Skelly landed a pair of illegal knees as Bektić was grounded against the cage, prompting the referee to deduct a point and allow him five minutes to recover. Bektić clearly was hurt and wobbled as he returned to his feet but was able to continue after a brief break.[9]

Bektić was expected to face Ernest Chavez on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 49.[10] However, Chavez was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Max Holloway.[11] In turn, Bektić pulled out of the bout in the week leading up to the event and was replaced by promotional newcomer Clay Collard.[12]

Bektić was expected to face Alan Omer on January 24, 2015 at UFC on Fox 14.[13] However, Omer pulled out of the fight with an undisclosed injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Paul Redmond.[14] Bektić won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision.[15]

Bektić was expected to face Renato Moicano on May 30, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 67.[16] However, Moicano pulled out of the fight in late April and was replaced by Lucas Martins.[17] Bektić won the fight via TKO in the second round.[18]

Bektić was expected to face Tatsuya Kawajiri on December 11, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale.[19] However, Bektić pulled out of the fight on November 27 citing injury.[20]

Bektić was expected to face Arnold Allen on October 8, 2016 at UFC 204.[21] However, Allen pulled out of the fight citing injury and was replaced by Russell Doane.[22] He won the fight via submission in the first round.[23]

Bektić faced Darren Elkins on March 4, 2017 at UFC 209.[24] Despite completely dominating the first two rounds, he lost the fight by knockout due to punches and a head kick.[25]

Bektić faced Godofredo Pepey on January 27, 2018 at UFC on Fox 27.[26] He won the fight in the first round via body punch.[27] This win earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.[28]

Bektić faced Ricardo Lamas on June 9, 2018 at UFC 225.[29] He won the fight by split decision.[30]

Bektić was scheduled to face Renato Moicano on December 8, 2018 at UFC 231, however on November 15, 2018, it was reported that Bektić was forced to pull out of the bout due to an undisclosed injury. [31]

Bektić faced Josh Emmett on July 13, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 155.[32] He lost the fight via technical knockout in round one.[33]

Bektić is schedule to face Dan Ige on February 8, 2020 at UFC 247.[34]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
15 matches 13 wins 2 losses
By knockout 6 2
By submission 3 0
By decision 4 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–2 Josh Emmett TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd July 13, 2019 1 4:25 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 13–1 Ricardo Lamas Decision (split) UFC 225 June 9, 2018 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 12–1 Godofredo Pepey TKO (punch to the body) UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2 January 27, 2018 1 2:47 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 11–1 Darren Elkins KO (punches and head kick) UFC 209 March 4, 2017 3 3:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–0 Russell Doane Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 204 October 8, 2016 1 4:22 Manchester, England
Win 10–0 Lucas Martins TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves May 30, 2015 2 0:30 Goiânia, Brazil
Win 9–0 Paul Redmond Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson January 24, 2015 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden Catchweight (149 lbs) bout; Redmond missed weight.
Win 8–0 Chas Skelly Decision (majority) UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 7–0 Joe Pearson TKO (punches) VFC 41 December 14, 2013 1 1:32 Ralston, Nebraska, United States
Win 6–0 Nick Macias TKO (punches) RFA 7: Thatch vs. Rhodes March 22, 2013 1 1:57 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 5–0 Doug Jenkins Decision (unanimous) RFA 5: Downing vs. Rinaldi November 30, 2012 3 5:00 Kearney, Nebraska, United States
Win 4–0 Willie Mack TKO (punches) Titan FC 22 May 25, 2012 2 0:27 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Lightweight bout.
Win 3–0 Cody Carrillo Submission (rear-naked choke) Titan FC 21 March 2, 2012 3 3:12 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 2–0 Derek Rhoads TKO (punches) VFC 36 October 15, 2011 1 1:31 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 1–0 Shane Hutchinson Submission (punches) VFC 35 July 30, 2011 1 0:31 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States


Amateur mixed martial arts recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 4–0 Mac Bailey TKO (punches) Titan FC 16 January 28, 2011 3 1:17 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 3–0 Chad Zurfluh Submission (punches) VFC 31 April 23, 2010 1 1:28 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 2–0 Jason Russell TKO (punches) VFC 30 February 5, 2010 1 2:06 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 1–0 Zac Chavez TKO (punches) Featherweight Grand Prix Final Round September 12, 2009 2 2:03 Denver, Colorado, United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Condit vs. Alves". Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "Rankings | UFC". Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  3. ^ Joseph Santoliquito (August 19, 2015). "The Permanent Scars of Mirsad Bektic". Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Damir Uzunic (January 26, 2015). "Mirsad Bektic: MMA Star in the Making". Archived from the original on February 26, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Ken Hambelton (November 5, 2016). "LSE grad Bektic ready to climb higher in UFC". Lincoln Journal Star. Archived from the original on December 7, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Zane Simon (February 14, 2014). "Searching for Future Champions: MMA's Top 25 Prospects, #1 - Mirsad Bektic". Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  7. ^ Patrick Wyman (2014-03-21). "UFC signs undefeated featherweight prospects Mirsad Bektic and Chas Skelly". Retrieved 2014-03-21.
  8. ^ Staff (2014-03-21). "Undefeated featherweights Mirsad Bektic, Chas Skelly meet at UFC on FOX 11". Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  9. ^ Steven Marrocco (2014-04-19). "UFC on FOX 11 results, photos: Mirsad Bektic survives illegal knee, tops Chas Skelly". Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  10. ^ Sean Ross Sapp (2014-06-22). "Ernest Chavez vs. Mirsad Bektic on for UFC Fight Night 49". Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  11. ^ Andrew Ravens (2014-07-11). "Max Holloway steps in for Ernest Chavez & will fight Mirsad Bektic at UFC Fight Night 49". Retrieved 2014-07-11.
  12. ^ Staff (2014-08-18). "Mirsad Bektic out, newcomer Clay Collard meets Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 49". Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  13. ^ Staff (December 3, 2014). "Mirsad Bektic vs. Alan Omer added to UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden". Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  14. ^ Staff (January 12, 2015). "Paul Redmond replaces Alan Omer at UFC on FOX 14 in Stockholm". Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  15. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-01-24). "UFC on FOX 14 results: Paul Redmond has no answers for dominant Mirsad Bektic". Retrieved 2015-01-24.
  16. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2015-04-07). "Mirsad Bektic vs. Renato Carneiro official for UFC Fight Night 67 in Brazil". Retrieved 2015-04-07.
  17. ^ Staff (2015-05-04). "Lucas Martins replaces Renato Moicano at UFC Fight Night 67 in Brazil". Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  18. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-05-30). "UFC Fight Night 67 results: Mirsad Bektic brutalizes Lucas Martins, stays unbeaten". Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  19. ^ Staff (2015-09-10). "Mirsad Bektic vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri booked for TUF 22 Finale". Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  20. ^ Staff (2015-11-27). "Mirsad Bektic out vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri at TUF 22 Finale in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2015-11-27.
  21. ^ Staff (2016-08-25). "Mirsad Bektic vs. Arnold Allen slated for UFC 204 in England". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  22. ^ Staff (2016-10-04). "Russell Doane steps in to face Mirsad Bektic on five days' notice at UFC 204". Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  23. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-10-08). "UFC 204 results: Mirsad Bektic makes easy work of Russell Doane, taps short-notice foe in first". Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  24. ^ Dale Jordan (2016-01-03). "Darren Elkins vs. Mirsad Bektic added to UFC 209". Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  25. ^ Dave Doyle (2017-03-04). "UFC 209 results: Darren Elkins stops Mirsad Bektic in thrilling comeback". Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  26. ^ Théoden Janes (2017-12-20). "With new additions, UFC Fight Night Charlotte now boasts 11 bouts". Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  27. ^ Matt Erickson (2018-01-27). "UFC on FOX 27 results: Mirsad Bektic takes out Godofredo Pepey with vicious body shot". Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  28. ^ "UFC on FOX 27 bonuses: 'Jacare' Souza gets an extra $50,000 for his head-kick KO". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-28. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  29. ^ DNA, MMA. "Featherweightclash tussen Ricardo Lamas en Mirsad Bektic tijdens UFC 225 in Chicago". Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  30. ^ "UFC 225 results: Mirsad Bektic stifles Ricardo Lamas, takes home hard-fought split call". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-10. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  31. ^ "Renato Moicano encara o bósnio Mirsad Bektic no UFC 231, em Toronto, de olho no cinturão". Sportv (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-10-23.
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