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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.[1]

BiographyEdit

George Sotiropoulos began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1997. He was promoted to black belt in 2004 by John Will.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4][5][6]

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.[4][7] 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.[8] He relocated in 2009 and is currently training at an Enson Inoue Purebred affiliate, Fisticuffs Gym located in Vancouver, Washington.[9][10][11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

Sotiropoulos defeated Ultimate Fighter 9 alumni Jason Dent in the second round by armbar on November 21, 2009, at UFC 106.[15] In a post-fight interview following the win, Sotiropoulos stated his desire to compete at the UFC 110 card, in Sydney, Australia.[16] Sotiropoulos' wish was granted and faced Joe Stevenson on February 21, 2010 at UFC 110.[17]

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.[18] The fight earned Sotiropoulos his first "Fight of the Night" award in the UFC.

Personal lifeEdit

Sotiropoulos has a Bachelor of Business in Banking & Finance, Associate Diploma of Business in International Trade from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.[19] Prior to competing in mixed martial arts, he worked in the finance industry.[20] George got married on August 16, 2009, in New York City. He currently resides in Vancouver, Washington.[21]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win United States flag Joe Stevenson Decision (Unanimous) UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez 02010-
February
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February 21, 2010
3 5:00 Australia flag Sydney, Australia Fight of the Night
Win United States flag Jason Dent Submission (Armbar) UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2 02009-
November
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November 21, 2009
2 4:35 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win United States flag George Roop Submission (Kimura) UFC 101: Declaration 02009-
August
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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August 8, 2009
2 1:59 United States flag Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US Lightweight Debut
Win Armenia flag Roman Mitichyan TKO (Punches) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs Lauzon 02008-
April
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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April 2, 2008
2 2:24 United States flag Broomfield, Colorado, US
Win United States flag Billy Miles Submission (Rear Naked Choke) The Ultimate Finale 6 02007-
December
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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December 8, 2007
1 1:36 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win South Korea flag Jung Hwan Cha Submission (Armbar) Spirit MC 11: Invasion 02007-
April
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April 22, 2007
2 3:27 South Korea flag Seoul, South Korea
Loss Japan flag Shinya Aoki DQ (Groin Strike) Shooto: Champion Carnival 02006-
October
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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October 14, 2006
2 0:05 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Win Japan flag Shigetoshi Iwase Decision (Unanimous) Kokoro: Kill Or Be Killed 02006-
August
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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August 15, 2006
2 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win Australia flag Kyle Noke Decision (Unanimous) Warriors Realm 5 02006-
February
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February 25, 2006
5 5:00 Australia flag Australia
Win Brazil flag Sergio Lourenco Decision (Unanimous) FFCF 5: Unleashed 02006-
January
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January 27, 2006
3 5:00 Guam flag Guam
Loss Australia flag Kyle Noke Decision (Split) Warriors Realm 4 02005-
July
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July 2, 2005
3 5:00 Australia flag Australia
Win Brazil flag Marcio Bittencourt Submission (Rear Naked Choke) K-1 Challenge 2004 Oceania vs World 02004-
December
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December 18, 2004
1 3:30 Australia flag Gold Coast, Australia
Win Australia flag Kelly Jacobs Submission (Armbar) Warriors Realm 2 02004-
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December 10, 2004
1 4:12 Australia flag Southport, Queensland
Win Australia flag Gavin Murie Submission (Armbar) XFC 6: Ultimate Fighting Returns 02004-
November
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November 20, 2004
1 1:28 Australia flag Southport, Queensland

ReferencesEdit

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  2. http://www.davesbjj.com/dbjjforum/viewtopic.php?p=8188
  3. George Sotriopoulos Official Website. Retrieved on 2009-11-28.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Interview: Enson Inoue & George Sotiropoulos (Part Two). total-mma.com (2008-05-05). Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
  5. Interview: Enson Inoue & George Sotiropoulos (Part One). total-mma.com (2008-05-02). Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
  6. Purebred. Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
  7. Serra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academies on Long Island, New York.
  8. George Sotiropoulos Interview w/ 10th Planet Watch. 10thplanetwatch.com (2009-09-16). Retrieved on 2009-09-19.
  9. MMA figher Sotiropoulos plans move to Vancouver. columbian.com (2009-08-28). Retrieved on 2009-09-19.
  10. Purebred USA. purebredusa.com. Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
  11. Fisticuffs Gym.
  12. George Sotiropoulos: Straight To The Top. ufc.com date=2009-11-11. Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
  13. 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.
  14. Rob Emerson out George Roop in vs. George Sotiropoulos at UFC 101. aroundtheoctagon.com (2009-07-22). Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
  15. UFC 106 Jason Dent vs George Sotiropoulos: Dent vs Sotiropoulos UFC 106. Profighting-fans.com. Retrieved on 2009-09-16.
  16. UFC 106 Win Helps Sotiropoulos Land on UFC 110 Card. mmafighting.com (2009-11-22). Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
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  18. http://archive.is/20120718200040/mmajunkie.com/news/18030/while-title-talk-a-bit-premature-dana-white-says-george-sotiropoulos-in-the-mix.mma
  19. http://www.myspace.com/george_sotiropoulos
  20. Fighter Detail George Sotiropoulos. ufc.com. Retrieved on 2009-11-28.
  21. George Sotiropoulos gets married in New York City. BLOODYELBOW.com (2009-08-16). Retrieved on 2009-08-25.

External linksEdit

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