|Born||July 15, 1990|
(now Czech Republic)
|Other names||Takedown Machine |
(Czech: Chudý Honza)  
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||239 lb (108 kg; 17 st 1 lb)|
|Reach||77.0 in (196 cm) |
|Fighting out of||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Team||Penta Gym Prague|
Hard Knocks 365
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Pešta is a Gladiator Championship Fighting Heavyweight Champion and he competed in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He became historically the second UFC fighter from the Czech Republic, after Karlos Vemola.
Mixed martial arts career
In 2006, Pešta started training Traditional Musado under the leadership of Vít Skalník. Traditional Musado is the civilian version of Musado, the close quarters combat system used by the Military of the Czech Republic. In 2008, he started training MMA under the leadership of Jiří Vesecký in the gym in Příbram, Bohemia.
Pešta moved to Prague to study at university and to pursue MMA career. In Prague, he began training in Penta Gym. He began amateur fighting at age of 18 and made his professional MMA debut in 2010.
His last fight in GCF was with longtime GCF Heavyweight Champion Lukáš Ťupa for the GFC Heavyweight Championship on December 7, 2013 at GCF 26: Fight Night. Pešta won in the first round by his signature move, strikes from the (side) mounted crucifix position and he became the new GCF Heavyweight Champion and #1 in Czech heavyweight rankings.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Pešta was expected to face Damian Grabowski on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103. However, Grabowski pulled out of the fight in late December for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Alexey Oleynik.  He lost the fight via submission in the first round.
In May 2017, Pešta was released from the company.
Fight Nights Global
He signed a contract with Fight Nights Global in the second part of year 2017 after one match at home organization XFN.
Pešta's signature move, the (side) mounted crucifix position, was nicknamed/called "Bába pod kořenem (English: The crone under the root)" by his fans, after the famous Czech TV Nova's report about an elderly woman who gets stuck for 11 hours under the root of a tree overnight, 50 meters away from her rented hut in the forest and her friends.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||15 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||15–6||Michal Martínek||TKO (jaw injury)||Oktagon 15||November 9, 2019||1||2:49||Prague, Czech Republic||For the Oktagon MMA Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||15–5||Mike Kyle||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Oktagon 13||July 27, 2019||1||1:59||Prague, Czech Republic||Catchweight (212 lbs) bout.|
|Win||14–5||Ivan Vitasović||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Night of Warriors 15||April 6, 2019||3||3:16||Liberec, Czech Republic||Won the world heavyweight title association WASO.|
|Loss||13–5||Alexander Emelianenko||TKO (punches)||RCC: Russian Cagefighting Championship 3||July 9, 2018||2||3:52||Yekaterinburg, Russia|
|Win||13–4||Alexander Gladkov||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Nights Global 84: Deák vs. Chupanov||March 2, 2018||3||5:00||Bratislava, Slovakia|
|Win||12–4||Alexei Kudin||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Fight Nights Global 79: Pavlovich vs. Sidelnikov||November 19, 2017||1||4:52||Penza, Russia|
|Win||11–4||Michał Kita||TKO (punches)||XFN 3||June 25, 2017||2||4:39||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Loss||10–4||Aleksei Oleinik||Submission (Ezekiel choke)||UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn||January 15, 2017||1||2:57||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||10–3||Marcin Tybura||KO (head kick)||UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Caceres||August 6, 2016||2||0:53||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Loss||10–2||Derrick Lewis||TKO (punches)||UFC 192||October 3, 2015||3||1:15||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||10–1||Konstantin Erokhin||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson||January 24, 2015||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Loss||9–1||Ruslan Magomedov||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi||May 31, 2014||3||5:00||Berlin, Germany|
|Win||9–0||Lukáš Ťupa||TKO (elbows)||GCF 26: Fight Night||December 7, 2013||1||2:18||Prague, Czech Republic||Won the GCF Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||8–0||Yosef Ali Mohammad||Decision (overturned)||Heroes Fighting Championship||March 23, 2013||3||5:00||Halmstad, Sweden||Originally a split decision win for Mohammad; overturned later by SMMAF.|
|Win||7–0||Saša Lazić||TKO (punches)||Heroes Gate 9||December 28, 2012||1||1:53||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||6–0||Christian Colombo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||European MMA 1: Casino Fight Night 2||September 15, 2012||2||1:07||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Win||5–0||Zoran Krpan||TKO (elbows)||GCF 12: Cage Fight Brno||May 11, 2012||1||2:16||Brno, Czech Republic|
|Win||4–0||Lukáš Olejník||Submission (rear-naked choke)||GCF 8: Back in the Fight||February 10, 2012||1||1:01||Příbram, Czech Republic|
|Win||3–0||Alexander Uhlíř||TKO (punches)||Warrior Night 3||December 15, 2011||1||3:59||Kladno, Czech Republic|
|Win||2–0||Štefan Krajčí||Decision (unanimous)||GCF 2: All or Nothing||February 20, 2011||3||5:00||Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic|
|Win||1–0||Vít Mrákota||Submission (armbar)||GCF 1: Judgement Day||December 5, 2010||1||1:49||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Loss||1-1||Josef Říha||Decision||Twins Cup - Czech National Championship in Thaiboxing and MMA||May 23, 2010||2||5:00||Prague, Czech Republic||+96 kg weight class;|
|Win||1-0||Petr Horňák||Submission (guillotine choke)||Twins Cup - Czech National Championship in Thaiboxing and MMA||March 28, 2010||2||N/A||Prague, Czech Republic||+96 kg weight class;|
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