Viktor Pešta

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Viktor Pešta
Born (1990-07-15) July 15, 1990 (age 28)
Příbram, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Other namesTakedown Machine [1]
Poor Honza
(Czech: Chudý Honza) [2] [3]
NationalityCzech
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[4]
Weight239 lb (108 kg; 17 st 1 lb)
DivisionHeavyweight
Reach77.0 in (196 cm) [5]
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofPrague, Czech Republic
TeamPenta Gym Prague
Hard Knocks 365
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total18
Wins13
By knockout5
By submission4
By decision4
Losses5
By knockout3
By submission1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Viktor Pešta (Czech pronunciation: [ˈvɪktor ˈpɛʃta]; born July 15, 1990) is a Czech mixed martial artist. His name can be written as Peshta or Pesta.[6]

Pešta is a Gladiator Championship Fighting Heavyweight Champion and he competed in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[7] He became historically the second UFC fighter from the Czech Republic, after Karlos Vemola.[8]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2006, Pešta started training Traditional Musado under the leadership of Vít Skalník.[9] Traditional Musado is the civilian version of Musado, the close quarters combat system used by the Military of the Czech Republic.[10] 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.[11]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Pešta became internationally well known for his website, letmebeyoursparringpartner.com. In February 2014, Pešta was offered a contract with the UFC.[7]

Pešta made his debut against face fellow newcomer Ruslan Magomedov on May 31, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 41.[12] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

For his second fight with the promotion, Pešta faced touted newcomer Konstantin Erokhin on January 24, 2015 at UFC on Fox 14.[14] Pešta won the fight by unanimous decision.[15]

Pešta faced Derrick Lewis on October 3, 2015 at UFC 192.[16] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.[17]

Pešta faced Marcin Tybura on August 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 92.[18] He lost the fight via head kick KO in the second round.[19]

Pešta was expected to face Damian Grabowski on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[20] However, Grabowski pulled out of the fight in late December for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Alexey Oleynik. [21] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[22]

In May 2017, Pešta was released from the company.

Fight Nights Global[edit]

He signed a contract with Fight Nights Global in the second part of year 2017 after one match at home organization XFN.

Personal life[edit]

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.

Poor Honza, Pešta's Czech nickname, is a Czech fairy tale hero, similar to the English Jack, the German Hans (or Hänsel) or the Russian Ivan.[23]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 Alexey Oleynik 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

Amateur record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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;[24]
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;[25][26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/ViktorPesta/status/634459555204755456/photo/1
  2. ^ "Pohádka o chudém Honzovi se stala realitou - Viktor Pešta míří do UFC!". Powerlifting.ronnie.cz. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  3. ^ "UFC Fight Night v Berln: 'Poor Honza' jde na věc! - RingNews.cz". Ringnews.cz. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.viktorpesta.com/en/
  5. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Gustafsson vs. Johnson". UFC.com. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "- . UFC Fight Night 41. 31". Profc.com.ua. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  7. ^ a b Zane Simon (2014-05-21). "Report: UFC signs Czech heavyweight Viktor Pesta". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  8. ^ "V UFC bude bojovat další Čech. Karlose Vémolu nahradil Pešta". iSport.cz. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  9. ^ "VIDEOROZHOVOR: Viktor Pešta". YouTube. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Historie Musado". army.cz (in Czech). n.d. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  11. ^ Daniel Malachovský. "MMA ranking apríl 2014". Fightnews.sk. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  12. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-04-03). "Magomedov-Pesta added to UFC Fight Night 41 in Berlin". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  13. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-05-31). "UFC Fight Night 41 results: Ruslan Magomedov tops Viktor Pesta in curtain-jerker". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  14. ^ Elina Nilsson (2015-01-12). "Viktor Pesta fights at UFC on FOX in Sweden". shootersmma.com. Retrieved 2015-01-12.
  15. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-01-24). "UFC on FOX 14 results: Viktor Pesta survives rough start to top Konstantin Erokhin". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-01-24.
  16. ^ Jeremy Botter (2015-08-20). "UFC 192: Hamilton out, Viktor Pesta faces Derrick Lewis". blog.chron.com. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  17. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-10-03). "UFC 192 results: Derrick Lewis fights past takedowns, pounds out Viktor Pesta in third". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  18. ^ Staff (2016-06-15). "UFC Fight Night 92 gets five new fights, including Kawajiri vs. Swanson, Camozzi vs. Leites". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-15.
  19. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-08-06). "UFC Fight Night 92 results: Marcin Tybura gets vicious one-kick knockout of Viktor Pesta". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  20. ^ Dave Doyle (2016-11-04). "UFC returns to Phoenix; three fights announced". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  21. ^ Richard Mann (2016-12-28). "Oleksiy Oliynyk to fill in against Viktor Pesta at UFC Fight Night 103". adcombat.com. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  22. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-01-15). "UFC Fight Night 103 results: Aleksei Oleinik stuns Viktor Pesta with first Ezekiel choke in UFC history". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  23. ^ http://mymma.pl/konstantin-erokhin-vs-viktor-pesta-na-ufc-w-szwecji/
  24. ^ "C.M.T.A - Česká Muay-Thai Asociace TWINS CUP-MCR THAIBOXING A MMA 23.5.2010". Czechmuaythai.cz. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  25. ^ "C.M.T.A - Česká Muay-Thai Asociace TWINS CUP - MČR THAIBOXING a MMA - 28.3.2010". Czechmuaythai.cz. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  26. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140512222925/http://www.shootersmma.com/news.asp?NewsID=3729

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