Peter Sobotta

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Peter Sobotta
Peter Sobotta.jpg
Peter Sobotta in 2018
Born (1987-01-11) January 11, 1987 (age 33)
Zabrze, Poland
ResidenceBalingen, Germany
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Reach75 in (191 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofBalingen, Germany
TeamPlanet Eater[2]
TrainerDean Lister
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Dean Lister[3]
Years active2004–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission10
By decision2
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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.


Sobotta was born in Zabrze, Poland, on January 11, 1987, 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.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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[edit]

Sobotta made his promotional debut 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.[5][6]

Instead, Sobotta fought James Wilks on June 12, 2010 at UFC 115, losing by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–28, 30–27).[7]

He then faced The Ultimate Fighter 7 winner, Amir Sadollah on November 13, 2010 at UFC 122.[8] He lost the fight via unanimous decision and was promptly released from the promotion along with Goran Reljic and Seth Petruzelli.[9]

After three years on the independent circuit, going 5-0-1 in the process, Sobotta was re-signed by the UFC.[10]

Sobotta faced promotional newcomer Pawel Pawlak at UFC Fight Night 41 on May 31, 2014.[11] Sobatta defeated Pawlak by unanimous decision to earn his first UFC victory.[12]

Sobotta was expected to face Sérgio Moraes on April 11, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64.[13] However, Sobotta was forced out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Gasan Umalatov.[14]

The fight with Moraes was rescheduled for June 20, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 69.[15] On June 9, the fight was scrapped once again as Moraes pulled out for undisclosed reasons. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Steve Kennedy.[16] Sobotta won the fight via submission in the first round.[17]

Sobotta faced Kyle Noke on November 15, 2015 at UFC 193.[18] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round after being dropped with a body kick followed by punches on the ground.[19]

Sobotta was expected to face Dominic Waters on May 8, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 87.[20] However, Sobotta pulled out of the fight in late March citing injury and was replaced by Leon Edwards.[21]

Sobotta next faced Nicolas Dalby on September 3, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 93.[22] 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.[23] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[24]

Sobotta faced Ben Saunders on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109.[25] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[26]

Sobotta faced Leon Edwards on March 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 127.[27] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.[28]

Sobotta was scheduled to face Alessio Di Chirico in a middleweight bout on September 28, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 18.[29] However, Sobotta was forced out of the bout due to an undisclosed injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Makhmud Muradov.[30]

Personal life[edit]

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, [31]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.[32]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
24 matches 17 wins 6 losses
By knockout 5 2
By submission 10 1
By decision 2 3
Draws 1
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card – UFC Fight Night Jedrzejczyk vs. Penne". Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "Planet Eater". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  3. ^ "BJJ Blackbelt für Peter Sobotta". June 16, 2014.
  4. ^ "Peter Sobotta – Official UFC Profile". 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  5. ^ "JOHNSON VS. SOBOTTA AT UFC 105". Mma Weekly. Archived from the original on 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  6. ^ "Full "UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera" card announced, Johnson vs. Sobotta scrapped". 2009-09-29. Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
  7. ^ "Sobotta gegen Wilks bei UFC 115 – GroundandPound . Kampfsportnews . MMA, Thaiboxen, Kickboxen, Boxen, Grappling" (in German). 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  8. ^ "Amir Sadollah vs. Peter Sobotta targeted for UFC 122 in Germany". Archived from the original on 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  9. ^ ".And Now They're Fired: UFC 122 Edition Featuring Peter Sobotta and Goran Reljic". Retrieved 2009-11-19.
  10. ^ "UFC re-signs Peter Sobotta after three years on the regional circuit". March 9, 2014.
  11. ^ "Pawel Pawlak debuts against Peter Sobotta at UFC Fight Night 41 in Berlin". Retrieved 2014-03-28.
  12. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-05-31). "UFC Fight Night 41 results: Peter Sobotta tops Pawel Pawlak, gets first UFC win". Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  13. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2015-01-29). "Sergio Moraes vs. Peter Sobotta slated for UFC Fight Night 64 in Poland". Retrieved 2015-01-29.
  14. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-03-06). "Injuries force changes to pair of UFC Fight Night Poland matchups". Retrieved 2015-03-06.
  15. ^ Staff (2015-05-05). "Peter Sobotta vs. Sergio Moraes re-booked for UFC Fight Night 69 in Berlin". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  16. ^ Staff (2015-06-09). "With Sergio Moraes out, Peter Sobotta gets new UFC Fight Night 69 opponent". Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  17. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-06-20). "UFC Fight Night 69 results: Peter Sobotta forces Steven Kennedy to tap in first". Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  18. ^ Emma Shallands (20 August 2015). "Etihad Stadium official for UFC 193, a host of Australian fighters announced for lineup". Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  19. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-11-14). "UFC 193 results: Thundering Kyle Noke front kick TKO blasts Peter Sobotta into agony". Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  20. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-02-26). "Rashid Magomedov-Chris Wade, 2 other bouts set for UFC Fight Night Rotterdam". Retrieved 2016-02-26.
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  22. ^ Staff (2016-06-07). "Peter Sobotta vs. Nicolas Dalby booked for UFC Fight Night in Germany". Retrieved 2016-06-07.
  23. ^ "Polish-German fighter Peter Sobotta says he’s fighting for Jamaica at UFC Hamburg", by Simon Head, The Sun
  24. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-09-03). "UFC Fight Night 93 results: Germany's Peter Sobotta dominates Nicolas Dalby for 30-26 sweep". Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  25. ^ Staff (2017-04-07). "Ben Saunders vs. Peter Sobotta set for UFC Fight Night 109". Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  26. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-05-28). "UFC Fight Night 109 results: Peter Sobotta dismantles Ben Saunders for 2nd-round TKO". Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  27. ^ Dale Jordan (2017-12-07). "Leon Edwards vs Peter Sobotta added to UFC Fight Night 127". Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  28. ^ John Morgan (2018-03-17). "UFC Fight Night 127 results: Leon Edwards earns last-second TKO win". Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  29. ^ "Peter Sobotta podejmie Alessio di Chirico na gali UFC w Kopenhadze!". NaszeMMA (in Polish). 2019-07-15. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  30. ^ "Makhmud Muradov bude v UFC debutovat už na konci září". MMA Shorties (in Czech). 2019-09-16. Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  31. ^ UFC ON FOX (2017-05-27), Full Weigh-In: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira | UFC ON FOX, retrieved 2017-05-29
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