George Sotiropoulos (born July 9, 1977) is an Australian mixed martial artist of Greek descent that is currently fighting in the UFC in the 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.
George Sotiropoulos began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1997. He was promoted to black belt in 2004 by John Will. 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. 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 George had with Sergio Lourenco in Guam. He has remained affiliated with Enson Inoue's Purebred gyms throughout his career since then.
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. 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. He relocated in 2009 and is currently training at an Enson Inoue Purebred affiliate, Fisticuffs Gym located in Vancouver, Washington. In a UFC published article spotlighting Sotiropoulos, he is quoted that the reason for the move was to train with his boxing coach, Leonard Gabriel. In addition, George trains his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Impact Jiu Jitsu in Beaverton, Oregon. There, his main training partners include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts and Grappler's Quest champions Michael Chapman, Keisuke Andrew and Armand Debruge.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
The Ultimate Fighter 6Edit
George 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 Tommy Speer in the semi-finals by knockout, shortly after an accidental thumb to the eye.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Sotiropoulos defeated Billy Miles at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra Finale via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:36 in round 1. 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. He was then to face Matt Grice at UFC Fight Night 17, but was again forced to withdraw due to injury. After an 18 month break in his career, he switched weight classes, winning his 155 lb debut at UFC 101 on August 8, 2009 against George Roop. He showed his Jiu Jitsu skills and passed Roop's guard with ease, eventually getting the kimura lock in the second round; making Roop tap out.
Sotiropoulos defeated Ultimate Fighter 9 alumni Jason Dent in the second round by armbar on November 21, 2009, at UFC 106. In a post-fight interview following the win, Sotiropoulos stated his desire to compete at the UFC 110 card, in Sydney, Australia. Sotiropoulos' wish was granted and faced Joe Stevenson on February 21, 2010 at UFC 110.
Making his first appearance on the main card of a UFC pay-per-view event, Sotiropolous defeated Joe 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. The fight earned Sotiropoulos his first "Fight of the Night" award in the UFC.
Sotiropoulos has a Bachelor of Business in Banking & Finance, Associate Diploma of Business in International Trade from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to competing in mixed martial arts, he worked in the finance industry. George got married on August 16, 2009, in New York City. He currently resides in Vancouver, Washington.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|19||12 wins||2 losses|
|Win||Joe Stevenson||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez||February 21, 2010||3||5:00||Sydney, Australia||Fight of the Night|
|Win||Jason Dent||Submission (Armbar)||UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2||November 21, 2009||2||4:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||George Roop||Submission (Kimura)||UFC 101: Declaration||August 8, 2009||2||1:59||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US||Lightweight Debut|
|Win||Roman Mitichyan||TKO (Punches)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs Lauzon||April 2, 2008||2||2:24||Broomfield, Colorado, US|
|Win||Billy Miles||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||The Ultimate Finale 6||December 8, 2007||1||1:36||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||Jung Hwan Cha||Submission (Armbar)||Spirit MC 11: Invasion||April 22, 2007||2||3:27||Seoul, South Korea|
|Loss||Shinya Aoki||DQ (Groin Strike)||Shooto: Champion Carnival||October 14, 2006||2||0:05||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||Shigetoshi Iwase||Decision (Unanimous)||Kokoro: Kill Or Be Killed||August 15, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||Kyle Noke||Decision (Unanimous)||Warriors Realm 5||February 25, 2006||5||5:00||Australia|
|Win||Sergio Lourenco||Decision (Unanimous)||FFCF 5: Unleashed||January 27, 2006||3||5:00||Guam|
|Loss||Kyle Noke||Decision (Split)||Warriors Realm 4||July 2, 2005||3||5:00||Australia|
|Win||Marcio Bittencourt||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||K-1 Challenge 2004 Oceania vs World||December 18, 2004||1||3:30||Gold Coast, Australia|
|Win||Kelly Jacobs||Submission (Armbar)||Warriors Realm 2||December 10, 2004||1||4:12||Southport, Queensland|
|Win||Gavin Murie||Submission (Armbar)||XFC 6: Ultimate Fighting Returns||November 20, 2004||1||1:28||Southport, Queensland|
- ↑ Template:Cite news
- ↑ http://www.davesbjj.com/dbjjforum/viewtopic.php?p=8188
- ↑ George Sotriopoulos Official Website. Retrieved on 2009-11-28.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Interview: Enson Inoue & George Sotiropoulos (Part Two). total-mma.com (2008-05-05). Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
- ↑ Interview: Enson Inoue & George Sotiropoulos (Part One). total-mma.com (2008-05-02). Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
- ↑ Purebred. Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
- ↑ Serra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academies on Long Island, New York.
- ↑ George Sotiropoulos Interview w/ 10th Planet Watch. 10thplanetwatch.com (2009-09-16). Retrieved on 2009-09-19.
- ↑ MMA figher Sotiropoulos plans move to Vancouver. columbian.com (2009-08-28). Retrieved on 2009-09-19.
- ↑ Purebred USA. purebredusa.com. Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
- ↑ Fisticuffs Gym.
- ↑ George Sotiropoulos: Straight To The Top. ufc.com date=2009-11-11. Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
- ↑ George Sotiropoulos out, debuting Matt Veach in for UFC Fight Night 17. mmajunkie.com (2009-01-28). Archived from the original on 2009-01-30. Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
- ↑ Rob Emerson out George Roop in vs. George Sotiropoulos at UFC 101. aroundtheoctagon.com (2009-07-22). Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
- ↑ UFC 106 Jason Dent vs George Sotiropoulos: Dent vs Sotiropoulos UFC 106. Profighting-fans.com. Retrieved on 2009-09-16.
- ↑ UFC 106 Win Helps Sotiropoulos Land on UFC 110 Card. mmafighting.com (2009-11-22). Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
- ↑ Template:Cite news
- ↑ http://archive.is/20120718200040/mmajunkie.com/news/18030/while-title-talk-a-bit-premature-dana-white-says-george-sotiropoulos-in-the-mix.mma
- ↑ http://www.myspace.com/george_sotiropoulos
- ↑ Fighter Detail George Sotiropoulos. ufc.com. Retrieved on 2009-11-28.
- ↑ George Sotiropoulos gets married in New York City. BLOODYELBOW.com (2009-08-16). Retrieved on 2009-08-25.