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Peter Sobotta

Peter Sobotta Polish martial artist

Polish martial artist
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Polish martial artist
Countries Germany Poland
Occupations Martial artist Athlete Judoka Taekwondo athlete Thai boxer
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 11 January 1987 (Zabrze)
Stats
Height: 182 cm
The details
Biography

Peter Sobotta (born January 11, 1987) is a Polish-born German professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2004, he has also formerly competed for KSW.

Background

Sobotta was born in Zabrze, Poland and grew up in the small German town of Balingen. His childhood hero was Jackie Chan, who inspired him to take up martial arts, beginning with judo and then Kung Fu and Tae Kwon Do. He then took up Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu when an MMA school opened near his home town.

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Sobotta had his first professional mixed martial arts fight at the age of 17, and he compiled a record of 8-1 competing for several regional promotions across Europe before being signed by the UFC in 2009.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Sobotta made his promotional debut at on June 13, 2009 at UFC 99 against Paul Taylor. After three rounds, Sobotta lost via unanimous decision.

Sobotta was scheduled to have his second UFC fight against DaMarques Johnson on November 14, 2009 at UFC 105, but due to a military commitment for Sobotta, the bout was canceled.

Instead, Sobotta fought James Wilks on June 12, 2010 at UFC 115, losing by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–28, 30–27).

He then faced The Ultimate Fighter 7 winner, Amir Sadollah on November 13, 2010 at UFC 122. He lost the fight via unanimous decision and was promptly released from the promotion along with Goran Reljic and Seth Petruzelli.

After three years on the independent circuit, going 5-0-1 in the process, Sobotta was re-signed by the UFC.

Sobotta faced promotional newcomer Pawel Pawlak at UFC Fight Night 41 on May 31, 2014. Sobatta defeated Pawlak by unanimous decision to earn his first UFC victory.

Sobotta was expected to face Sérgio Moraes on April 11, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64. However, Sobotta was forced out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Gasan Umalatov.

The fight with Moraes was rescheduled for June 20, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 69. On June 9, the fight was scrapped once again as Moraes pulled out for undisclosed reasons. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Steve Kennedy. Sobotta won the fight via submission in the first round.

Sobotta faced Kyle Noke on November 15, 2015 at UFC 193. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round after being dropped with a body kick followed by punches on the ground.

Sobotta was expected to face Dominic Waters on May 8, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 87. However, Sobotta pulled out of the fight in late March citing injury and was replaced by Leon Edwards.

Sobotta next faced Nicolas Dalby on September 3, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 93. Before the bout, he announced he would henceforth represent Jamaica in the UFC, rather than continue to choose between Poland and Germany and offend the other. He plans to visit his new nation for the first time in December. He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Sobotta faced Ben Saunders on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109. He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Sobotta faced Leon Edwards on March 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 127. He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.

Personal life

Sobotta was born in Poland, but raised in Germany. He chose to wear the Jamaican flag at his weight in for UFC Fight Night 109, despite the fact that he has dual citizenship to both Poland and Germany. He explained on the UFC Fight Night 109 post fight press conference that the reason he chose to wear the Jamaica flag was to send the "One Love" message to the world. On December 9, 2017 he married his wife Lisa Sobotta and they are expecting a baby currently.

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–6–1 Leon Edwards TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov March 17, 2018 3 4:59 London, England
Win 17–5–1 Ben Saunders TKO (punches and knee) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira May 28, 2017 2 2:29 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 16–5–1 Nicolas Dalby Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett September 3, 2016 3 5:00 Hamburg, Germany
Loss 15–5–1 Kyle Noke TKO (body kick and punches) UFC 193 November 15, 2015 1 2:01 Melbourne, Australia
Win 15–4–1 Steve Kennedy Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Jędrzejczyk vs. Penne June 20, 2015 1 2:57 Berlin, Germany
Win 14–4–1 Pawel Pawlak Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi May 31, 2014 3 5:00 Berlin, Germany
Win 13–4–1 Tamirlan Dadaev Submission (rear-naked choke) R2F: Casino Fight Night 3 November 10, 2012 1 2:10 Erfurt, Germany
Win 12–4–1 Mustafa Asmaoui Submission (rear-naked choke) R2F: Casino Fight Night 3 November 10, 2012 1 3:36 Erfurt, Germany
Win 11–4–1 Branimir Radosavljevic Submission (rear-naked choke) R2F: Casino Fight Night 3 November 10, 2012 1 0:35 Erfurt, Germany
Win 10–4–1 Juan Manuel Suárez Submission (rear-naked choke) MMA Attack 2 April 27, 2012 1 2:18 Katowice, Poland
Win 9–4–1 Marius Panin Submission (rear-naked choke) Eurogames MMA Sports March 24, 2012 1 1:20 Iași, Romania
Draw 8–4–1 Borys Mańkowski Draw (overturned) MMA Attack November 5, 2011 3 3:00 Warsaw, Poland Result overturned by promotion.
Loss 8–4 Amir Sadollah Decision (unanimous) UFC 122 November 13, 2010 3 5:00 Oberhausen, Germany
Loss 8–3 James Wilks Decision (unanimous) UFC 115 June 12, 2010 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 8–2 Paul Taylor Decision (unanimous) UFC 99 June 13, 2009 3 5:00 Cologne, Germany
Win 8–1 Kerim Abzailow TKO (punches) KSW Extra September 13, 2008 3 1:12 Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
Win 7–1 Dominique Stetefeld Submission (triangle choke) Free Fight Association July 12, 2008 1 4:38 Erfurt, Germany
Win 6–1 Simon Fiess TKO (punches) Free Fight Association July 12, 2008 1 0:38 Erfurt, Germany
Win 5–1 Robin Dutry Submission (armbar) Outsider Cup 9 June 14, 2008 1 1:11 Bielefeld, Germany
Loss 4–1 Nelson Siegert Submission (punches) FFC: Battle for the Belt October 15, 2006 2 4:55 Leipzig, Germany
Win 4–0 Hendrik Nitzsche TKO (punches) FFC: Battle for the Belt October 15, 2006 1 3:15 Leipzig, Germany
Win 3–0 Peter Micuch TKO (punches) FFC: Heaven or Hell April 23, 2006 1 3:15 Leipzig, Germany
Win 2–0 Peter Salzgeber Submission (rear-naked choke) UCS: Fighting Day 2 November 19, 2005 1 0:33 Geislingen, Germany
Win 1–0 Christian Bruckner Submission (armbar) Free Fight Championship October 24, 2004 1 1:00 Leipzig, Germany
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