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Mirsad Bektic is Scheduled to Debut in the UFC in Orlando Florida


On April 23, 2012, I had the honor of meeting and working with Mirsad Bektic. The Seven Fightgear brand and product line was in its first stages of development. All we had were some product samples and concepts on paper. Chad Coppenbarger, in charge of product design and business development for Seven Fightgear had given me a list of athletes, up and coming MMA athletes, that he thought exemplified the Seven Fightgear vision and would represent the values of our brand.

I reached out to Bektic who was in training at ATT Cocunut Creek Florida and introduced myself. I told him I was the Marketing Director for Macho and that, with the help of Coppenbarger, we were in the process of launching a new brand called Seven Fightgear. I explained the vision of Seven. I told him that our goal was to focus on the development of the athlete and to embrace the true concept of MMA. The seven core disciplines that make up MMA: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Karate, TaeKwonDo, Judo and Boxing.

When Bektic arrived at the photoshoot in April 2012, along with six other talented athletes, it didn’t take long for me to recognize that Bektic would soon be on his way to the UFC. What was most impressive about Bektic, was his quiet and modest demeanor. Despite his accomplishments and undefeated record, he was polite and unassuming. When I asked him about his life and his training, I was equally impressed with his focus and discipline. He was so grateful to be a part of the ATT Cocunut Creek Florida team, I remember him saying, “I am truly blessed.” Even though I am sure he knows how talented he is, his presence was humble and understated.

As the days went on I learned about his family coming over to the United States as Bosnian refugees. The stories he shared were heart wrenching. The simply stated tattoo on his shoulder, “Believe,” summed up everything Bektic embodies. He has an inner strength you rarely see. Now, it seems only fitting that exactly two years later, Bektic is returning to Orlando, Florida. This time, he is introducing himself to the world with his debut in the UFC on April 19, 2014. He will face the also undefeated Chas Skelley. Skelly is training at Team Takedown. I can’t wait to see him out there. Read more about Mirsad Bektic and his training at www.mirsadbektic.com

Find out more about Mirsad Bektic and his road to victory. This was a great article about Bektic, published by the Miami Herald.

James Krause Earns “Fight of the Night” & “Submission of the Night”

It’s amazing how fast things can change. Less than a month ago, James Krause was working out and staying focused for a fight he didn’t even know existed in his near future. He just knew when the call came he’d be ready. To prepare for a fight without a known opponent, forces you to focus on every skill with an intensity level that is hard for most to comprehend.
Striking, grappling, power, endurance, speed…you just don’t know which piece of the training will prove to be your biggest asset when the time comes.

When James Krause accepted the fight against Sam Stout, just two weeks ago, he knew he had to be strategic. He knew a veteran like Sam Stout was going to be a tough fight. But Krause was ready. Years of training, maturing and finding his own zone made them a solid match. It was an exciting fight to watch and brought us to the final seconds before Krause submitted Stout, catching the UFC veteran in a guillotine from off his back. Stout tapped to the choke at 4:47 of the final round. It was the second-to-latest fight to end by submission in UFC history.

“I hurt him badly in the first round with those kicks and knees but, with two weeks’ notice for the fight and with him being so hard to finish, I knew I couldn’t afford to go crazy to try to finish him,” Krause said. “I wanted to finish him, but I couldn’t chase him all around the Octagon hoping to land a bomb. I had to apply smart pressure. He hasn’t been stopped since 2006, and this is a big win for me.”

It was a huge win for Krause and his boys back in Kansas City. Not only did Krause submit Stout, but he earned Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night. The post-show interviews and the interaction between Stout and Krause during the event add to Krause’s mass-audience appeal. He’s humble and gracious. We are certain to see more of Krause in the UFC and we look forward to it. Krause is a great example for the sport of MMA. He’s a proven athlete with time on his side. Some people are calling him an overnight sensation. Some are coining him a Cinderella story. But for those who see and work with Krause each day at Grindhouse Gym, they know this is reward for hard work, dedication and years of training.

Check out this video of James Krause training in February 2013. He’s using the Seven American Style Boxing Gloves and Brian Davidson is wearing the headcam using the innovative Seven Give-N-Take.

Hard Work Pays off for our Seven Athletes

It’s been just about one year since we did our first Seven photoshoot and made plans to introduce the Seven Fightgear product line. When we selected the athletes to come to Seven for a photoshoot, we were looking for athletes who exemplified the brand and image of Seven. We wanted athletes who were well-rounded, disciplined and focused. We sought out athletes who understood the importance of embracing all aspects of MMA training; physical endurance, grappling techniques, stand up strength, power moves, strategic positioning. During the photoshoot, I witnessed firsthand how hard these guys train. I learned about the choices they make every day to do what it takes to achieve their personal best. It’s been an exciting year to watch their training turn into opportunity. Their focus and discipline is nothing short of inspiring and we look forward to seeing all their hard work pay off in the cage this summer.

Fighting on July 27, 2013 for the VFC 40 at the Ralston Arena we have Drew Dober fighting TJ O’Brien and Mirsad Bektic will be fighting too. Finally, Alex Huddleston has joined the Super Fight League in India.

We will be following these guys as they prepare for these fights and look forward to sharing their stories and training tips along the way.

Jason High
UFC – Fuel TV 10
Jason High
Date: June 8, 2013
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Watch it: Fuel TV 10
Seth Petruzelli
Bellator Lightweight
World Championship
Seth Petruzelli
Date: June 19, 2013
Location: Winstar World Casino, OK
Alex Huddleston
Super Fight League
Alex Huddleston
Date: June 21, 2013
Watch it: ESPN
Tyler Stinson
EPIC Fight Night 1
Tyler Stinson
Date: June 29, 2013
Location: Kansas City
Read more on MMA Corner
Drew Dober
Victory Fighting Championship
Drew Dober
Date: July 27, 2013
Location: Ralston Arena, Nebraska
more at Victory Fighting Championship
Mirsad Bektic
Victory Fighting Championship
Mirsad Bektic
Date: July 27, 2013
Location: Ralston Arena, Nebraska
more at Victory Fighting Championship

Seven Fightgear will be at the Live Cage Fights UCF Arena

Seven Fightgear MMA - Live Cage FightSeven Fightgear, Jungle MMA and Seth Petruzelli will be teaming up at our local stomping ground for a night of Donnie Hair’s Live Cage Fights, Saturday, April 20, 7 pm at the UCF Arena.

Hosted by BRB Management Group, Florida’s toughest amateur MMA and Muay Thai fighters, including former UCF Knight football player Muhammed “The Beast” De’Reese, will compete to raise awareness and funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 20 scheduled fights.

There will be six US Amateur Title Fights (two Kickboxing and four MMA) including former UCF Knight football player, Muhammed “The Beast” De’Reese (9-0 and 3-Title Holder), as the Main Event MMA bout vs. Edgewater High’s Chaz “The Hawaiian kid” Rooks (6-0).

The Seven Fightgear booth will also be raising awareness for the Orlando Bully Rescue. Don’t miss this chance to check out the Seven Fightgear product line.

Tickets are on sale now through the UCF Arena Ticket Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-300 and all Ticketmaster outlets. There are also VIP tables available online at www.livecagefight.com.

Steven Graham

Very cool shot of Steven Graham with his team

After Invictus 145 Title Fight.

after his victory at Invictus Fighting Championships.

Seven Give-N-Take: An Innovative MMA Coaching Tool

Change things up in the gym with the Seven Give-n-Take. Designed as coaching mitt/glove combo, this product is designed to receive repetitive strikes to the strike zone as a coaching mitt but also features the added dimension of padding and protection over the hand and knuckles so you can strike back. It enables you to create a series of unique training combinations that will prepare athletes for fierce competition.

Check out this video using the Seven Give-N-Take.

Seven FightGear @ VFC 38- Photos by Jerry Chavez

Drew Dober Ready for VFC Fight December 15

Drew Dober is ready for his December 15 fight for Victory Fighting Championship with Robert Rojas at the Ralston Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. Dober says he spends 40+ hours in the gym and is always improving his technique. For tickets call 402-301-6044 or visit RalstonTix.com

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