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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.

Bobby Voelker- Brass Boxing- UFC “Road to the Octagon”

Coach Austen Ford works with Bobby Voelker before he takes on Robbie Lawler on short notice- UFC on FOX 8. Image: Brass Boxing,

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Bobby setting up for shoot 2, with Seven Competition Glove

UFC “Road to the Octagon” shoot.

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.

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