MMA Today recently caught up with Viktor Pesta who now plies his trade in the Fight Nights Globalpromotion. Pesta talked about why he believes he struggled in the UFC, his training situation, contract details and future ambitions.
Pesta feels that the call to the big show came way too early for him. He began training only five years prior to joining the UFC and unlike the majority of fighters on the roster he didn’t have a combat sports background to build upon.
There are guys who in the UFC quicker than five years but they maybe did wrestling their whole life. I didn’t do anything, just five years of training and that was it.
Another reason Pesta believes that he didn’t fully show his potential in the UFC was his training situation. He began training at a small gym in his native Czech Republic and even set up a website www.letmebeyoursparringpartner.com in order to find opportunities to train in more optimal conditions. Having spent time in AllStars in Sweden, Pesta found out the importance of training with people your own size.
“They don’t really have heavyweights. I figured it out after my fight with Derrick Lewis because he was such a big guy and I only trained with light-heavyweights in Sweden.”
Pesta also ventured to California to train with Alliance MMA, however, he ran into a similar problem – not enough sparring partners of his own size. Luckily, however, he did meet Neil Melanson there who was heading to Blackzilians. Melanson recommended Pesta to join him, as the Florida-based team would be a better fit for him due to the number of heavyweights who train there.
Having linked up Henri Hooft and the HardKnocks 365 team in Florida, Pesta believes that he has improved a lot in the last two years. He is now able to train with people his own size including heavyweights such as Matt Mitrione, Stefan Struve and Steve Mowry. As well as light-heavyweights Volkan Oezdemir and Linton Vassell. Although his results in the UFC may not have shown his improvement, Pesta has an explanation for that.