George Sotiropoulos

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George Sotiropoulos
Born (1977-07-09) 9 July 1977 (age 36)
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Greek Australian
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Welterweight
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Vancouver, Washington, U.S.
Team American Top Team
Rank      Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2004-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 20
Wins 14
By knockout 1
By submission 8
By decision 5
Losses 6
By knockout 2
By decision 3
By disqualification 1
Website www.georgesotiropoulos.com
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

George Sotiropoulos (born 9 July 1977) is an Australian born mixed martial artist of Greek descent who previously fought in the UFC in their lightweight division. He is well known for appearing as a fighter on the TV show The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra, fighting on Team Serra and as the coach for Team Australia on The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes.[1]

Mixed Martial Arts career[edit]

Background[edit]

Sotiropoulos began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1997. He was promoted to black belt in 2004. In 2003 and 2007, he represented Australia in the Submission Wrestling World Championships. He has also competed in amateur boxing, and in 2004, won a Victorian State Amateur boxing title.[2] Prior to his MMA career in the UFC, George Sotiropoulos trained with veteran UFC and Pride Fighting Championship fighter Enson Inoue. The two met during a winning bout Sotiropoulos had with Sergio Lourenço in Guam. He has remained affiliated with Enson Inoue's Purebred gyms throughout his career since then.[3][4][5]

Following his appearance on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra, Sotiropoulos moved to Long Island, NY to train at Serra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.[3][6] George Sotiropoulos then relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada and trained at Xtreme Couture. During this time period he also trained at 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu with Eddie Bravo.[7]

Early career[edit]

Sotiropoulos made his Mixed Martial Arts debut in 2004 against fellow Australian Gavin Murie, in which George was able to win via armbar in the first round. He went on to win two more fights until his first career loss via split decision to Kyle Noke in 2005, one year later he was able to avenge his first loss by defeating Noke by unanimous decision. Sotiropoulos went on to have a 7-2 record in small MMA organizations, until he was invited to participate in The Ultimate Fighter in 2007.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Sotiropoulos defeated Jared Rollins in the first round of the competition by KO. He went on to defeat Richie Hightower in the quarterfinals via submission due to a kimura. Sotiropoulos was then defeated by Tom Speer in the semi-finals by knockout, shortly after an accidental thumb to the eye.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Sotiropoulos defeated Billy Miles at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs Team Serra Finale via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:36 of the first round.

Sotiropoulos defeated Roman Mitichyan at UFC Fight Night 13 on 2 April 2008 by TKO in the second round.

He was scheduled to fight Karo Parisyan at UFC 87, however Sotiropoulos was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Sotiropoulos was then expected to face Matt Grice at UFC Fight Night 17, but was forced to withdraw due to another injury.[8]

After an 18 month break in his career, Sotiropoulos switched weight classes, winning his lightweight debut at UFC 101 on 8 August 2009 against George Roop. During the bout, he showcased his high level BJJ skills, passing Roop's guard with ease. Sotiropoulos eventually forced the tap out with a kimura lock in the second round.[9]

Sotiropoulos defeated Ultimate Fighter 9 alumni Jason Dent in the second round by armbar on 21 November 2009, at UFC 106.[10] In a post-fight interview following the win, Sotiropoulos stated his desire to compete at the UFC 110 card, in Sydney, Australia.[11] Sotiropoulos' wish was granted and faced Joe Stevenson on 21 February 2010 at UFC 110.[12] Making his first appearance on the main card of a UFC pay-per-view event, Sotiropoulos improved to 5–0 in the UFC as he defeated Stevenson via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) in a dominant performance, prompting Dana White to say that Sotiropoulos was "in the mix" for a title shot.[13] The fight earned Sotiropoulos his first Fight of the Night award in the UFC.

Sotiropoulos fought Kurt Pellegrino at UFC 116 on 3 July 2010, and won by a commanding unanimous decision.

Sotiropoulos then faced Joe Lauzon on 20 November 2010 at UFC 123. Sotiropoulos survived a fast start by his opponent, thus gassing Lauzon in one round, and allowing George to dominate the next round, winning by kimura in the 2nd round in a bout that won Fight of the Night honors.[14] The win pushed Sotiropoulos to a perfect 7-0 record in the UFC and established him as one the top contenders in the UFC's lightweight division.

Sotiropoulos suffered his first UFC loss to Dennis Siver via unanimous decision at UFC 127.[15] Sotiropoulos was unable to take the fight to the ground and was forced to strike with the German kickboxing champion Siver.[16] The loss setback Sotiropoulos' chances of a title shot.[17]

Sotiropoulos was expected to face Evan Dunham on 2 July 2011 at UFC 132.[18] However, Dunham was forced out of the bout with an injury, and replaced by Rafael dos Anjos.[19] Sotiropoulos was knocked out just 59 seconds into the first round.

Sotiropoulos was expected to face Takanori Gomi on 26 February 2012 at UFC 144.[20] However, Sotiropoulos was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Eiji Mitsuoka.[21]

In July 2012 Sotiropoulos was confirmed as the Australian coach for The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, and faced Ross Pearson on 15 December 2012 at the finale - UFC on FX 6.[22] Pearson dominated him throughout the fight, and although he narrowly avoiding being knocked out several times, Sotiropoulos was visibly rocked in all three rounds; being knocked down in two of them. He eventually lost the fight via third round TKO from Pearson.

Sotiropoulos faced K.J. Noons on 19 October 2013 at UFC 166.[23] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

After losing four in a row in disappointing circumstances, Sotiropoulos was released from his UFC contract on 18 December 2013.[24]

Titan Fighting Championship[edit]

On 22 January 2014 it was announced that Sotiropoulos had signed a four fight contract with Titan Fighting Championship. He is expected to debut in April at Titan FC 28.[25]

Sotiropoulos will face Mike Ricci at Titan Fighting Championship 28. The card is tentatively scheduled for April 25, 2014.[26]

Other Media[edit]

Sotiropoulous is featured in UFC Undisputed 3 as a lightweight fighter alongside the likes of Clay Guida, Dennis Siver, Joe Lauzon and Frankie Edgar.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Sotiropoulos has a Bachelor of Business in Banking & Finance, Associate Diploma of Business in International Trade from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.[28] Prior to competing in mixed martial arts, he worked in the finance industry.[29] George married his wife Cliona on 16 August 2009, in New York City. He currently resides in Vancouver, Washington.[30][31]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–6 K.J. Noons Decision (unanimous) UFC 166 October 19, 2013 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 14–5 Ross Pearson TKO (punches) UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson December 15, 2012 3 0:41 Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Loss 14–4 Rafael dos Anjos KO (punch) UFC 132 July 2, 2011 1 0:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 14–3 Dennis Siver Decision (unanimous) UFC 127 February 27, 2011 3 5:00 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 14–2 Joe Lauzon Submission (kimura) UFC 123 November 20, 2010 2 2:43 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States Fight of the Night
Win 13–2 Kurt Pellegrino Decision (unanimous) UFC 116 July 3, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–2 Joe Stevenson Decision (unanimous) UFC 110 February 21, 2010 3 5:00 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Fight of the Night
Win 11–2 Jason Dent Submission (armbar) UFC 106 November 21, 2009 2 4:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 George Roop Submission (kimura) UFC 101 August 8, 2009 2 1:59 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Lightweight Debut
Win 9–2 Roman Mitichyan TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs Lauzon April 2, 2008 2 2:24 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 8–2 Billy Miles Submission (rear-naked choke) TUF 6 Finale December 8, 2007 1 1:36 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–2 Jung Hwan Cha Submission (armbar) Spirit MC 11: Invasion April 22, 2007 2 3:27 Seoul, South Korea
Loss 6–2 Shinya Aoki DQ (groin strike) Shooto October 14, 2006 2 0:05 Yokohama, Japan
Win 6–1 Shigetoshi Iwase Decision (unanimous) Kokoro: Kill Or Be Killed August 15, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–1 Kyle Noke Decision (unanimous) Warriors Realm 5 February 25, 2006 5 5:00 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 4–1 Sergio Lourenco Decision (unanimous) FFCF 5: Unleashed January 27, 2006 3 5:00 Mangilao, Guam
Loss 3–1 Kyle Noke Decision (split) Warriors Realm 4 July 2, 2005 3 5:00 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 3–0 Marcio Bittencourt Submission (rear-naked choke) K-1 Challenge 2004 Oceania vs World December 18, 2004 1 3:30 Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Win 2–0 Kelly Jacobs Submission (armbar) Warriors Realm 2 December 10, 2004 1 4:12 Southport, Queensland, Australia
Win 1–0 Gavin Murie Submission (armbar) XFC 6: Ultimate Fighting Returns November 20, 2004 1 1:28 Southport, Queensland, Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meltzer, Dave (27 August 2007). "Participants in Ultimate Fighter season six are announced". Los Angeles Times.com. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2007. 
  2. ^ "George Sotriopoulos Official Website". Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Interview: Enson Inoue & George Sotiropoulos (Part Two)". total-mma.com. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Interview: Enson Inoue & George Sotiropoulos (Part One)". total-mma.com. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Purebred". Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Serra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academies on Long Island, New York". 
  7. ^ "George Sotiropoulos Interview w/ 10th Planet Watch". 10thplanetwatch.com. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 19 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "George Sotiropoulos out, debuting Matt Veach in for UFC Fight Night 17". mmajunkie.com. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Rob Emerson out George Roop in vs. George Sotiropoulos at UFC 101". aroundtheoctagon.com. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "UFC 106 Jason Dent vs George Sotiropoulos: Dent vs Sotiropoulos UFC 106". Profighting-fans.com. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "UFC 106 Win Helps Sotiropoulos Land on UFC 110 Card". mmafighting.com. 22 November 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropoulos Planned for UFC 110 in Australia". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  13. ^ Dana White says title talk premature, but UFC 110's George Sotiropoulos "in the mix"
  14. ^ "George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Lauzon slated for UFC 123, title shot may loom". mmajunkie.com. 8 September 2010. 
  15. ^ "George Sotiropoulos Gets His Wish, Faces Dennis Siver on the main card at UFC 127 in Sydney.". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  16. ^ http://www.lowkick.com/UFC/Siver-Pulls-Off-An-Upset-12013
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  19. ^ "George Sotiropoulos to fight Brazilian star Rafael dos Anjos". heraldsun.com.au. 3 May 2011. 
  20. ^ "Takanori Gomi vs George Sotiropoulos announced for Feb. 26 in Japan". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
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  24. ^ "Three fighters removed from UFC rosters". bloodyelbow.com. 19 December 2013. 
  25. ^ http://www.mmamania.com/2014/1/22/5334998/george-sotiropoulos-signs-four-fight-deal-titan-april-debut-mma
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  27. ^ Derr, Garrett. "UFC Undisputed 3 Releases Full Roster". Bleacher Report. 
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  30. ^ "George Sotiropoulos gets married in New York City". BLOODYELBOW.com. 16 August 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  31. ^ "Vancouver fighter set for ultimate challenge". Columbian.com. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 

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