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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.

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

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