Peter Sobotta

Germany

Making middleweight debut in Copenhagen
MiddleweightUFC
July 15, 2019
Sobotta (17-6-1) announced Monday via his personal Twitter account that he will face Alessio Di Chirico (12-3-0) in a middleweight bout at UFC Copenhagen on Sept. 28.
ANALYSIS
He'll be moving up from the welterweight ranks to face Di Chirico, who owns a 2-1 record since making his UFC debut in 2017. The 32-year-old Sobotta made his previous nine UFC appearances as a 170-pound fighter and lost his first three bouts before going 4-2 in his subsequent six fights.
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Announces move to middleweight
MiddleweightUFC
May 24, 2018
Sobotta intends to move up from welterweight (170) to the middleweight (185) division, he announced Thursday via a personal Facebook post.
ANALYSIS
Sobotta has been with the UFC on and off since 2009, and the German-born fighter has competed in every event the promotion has held in his native country. July's event in Hamburg will break that streak, as the post disclosed that he will instead focus his attention on family while awaiting the birth of his first child. Furthermore, when Sobotta is ready to return, he will move up to the 185-pound division after fighting most of his career at 170 pounds. He's currently 31 years old and admits to walking around at 205 pounds, resulting in an increasingly difficult weight cut of late. The move up will mitigate any size advantages he may have held in the welterweight division, but should keep him looking fresher on fight nights moving forward.
Loses via TKO in Round 3 in London
MiddleweightUFC
March 17, 2018
Sobotta was defeated by Leon Edwards via TKO (punches) at 4:59 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in London.
ANALYSIS
Sobotta was dropped early and never really had an answer for Edwards' striking in this fight. His biggest moment came after he was dropped when he almost submitted Edwards with an armbar. Once he lost that armbar, he never really came close to another submission. In the second round he tried to strike with Edwards but was losing that battle. He seemed to anticipate being hit, which caused him to miss his jab on many occasions. In the third Sobotta was dominated on the ground by Edwards and cut very badly. Eventually he gave up his back and Edwards unloaded punches until the referee stopped the fight.
Booked in enemy territory
MiddleweightUFC
January 10, 2018
Sobotta will take on Leon Edwards in a welterweight matchup at UFC London on March 17 at the O2 Arena, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Sobotta has won four of his five appearances under the UFC banner, but will face an equally hot fighter in Edwards, who has won four in a row himself. Making things tougher for Sobotta is the fact that he'll be competing in hostile territory against a native Englishman. Matchup-wise, Sobotta tends to lean on his grappling, though Edwards has yet to be submitted in his professional fighting career.
Leaves no doubt against Ben Saunders at UFC Fight Night 109
MiddleweightUFC
May 28, 2017
Sobotta defeated Ben Saunders via TKO (punches) at 2:29 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 109 in Stockholm on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
It was clear from the start that this was going to be Sobotta's fight. He dropped Saunders early in the first round and continued to push forward and land. Saunders threatened on the ground to end the first round but that was pretty much the extent of his offense. In the second round, Sobotta hurt Saunders multiple times. After a few hard strikes, he landed a huge knee that proved to be the end. Sobotta followed him to the ground and finished the fight. The German fighter has now won four of his five fights in the Octagon with his only loss coming against Kyle Noke at UFC 193.
Comes out on fire, easily decisions Nicolas Dalby in Hamburg
MiddleweightUFC
September 3, 2016
Sobotta defeated Nicolas Dalby via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany.
ANALYSIS
Sobotta landed 42 total strikes in Round 1 and he nearly finished the fight on multiple occasions. He never did get the stoppage win that he was looking for, but he was in total control throughout the course of the bout. Coming off an ugly first-round TKO loss to Kyle Noke in November, Sobotta bounced back in a big way on Saturday. Since he return to the UFC in May 2014, Sobotta now sports a 3-1 record. The wins have come against nobodies, but it's been a nice run for Sobotta nonetheless. He will remain a fixture on the UFC's European cards.