by MMAWeekly.com Staff
courtesy of Peter Sobotta)
As the Ultimate Fighting Championship continues its global
expansion with the announcement of UFC 99 on June 13 in Cologne, Germany, as
expected, several European fighters are being added to its roster.
Sobotta is a 22-year-old fighter born in Zabrze,
Poland, but has called Balingen, Germany home since
he was three-years-old. He is a well-rounded fighter with a strong ground game,
training out of UCS Geislingen.
Maintaining an 8-1 record with four wins by way of TKO and
four by way of submission, groundandpound.da readers
voted Sobotta the Best German Fighter of 2008.
It was no surprise that he signed with the UFC, as he and
fellow German Dennis Siver performed MMA techniques
at the UFC press conference in Germany.
Grossöhmigen on Wednesday morning
confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that Sobotta will square
off with British fighter Paul Taylor at UFC 99 in Cologne.
Another bout rumored, but unconfirmed by the UFC for
Germany, is a fight pitting Stefan Struve against Denis Stojnic, which was
originally reported by U.K. magazine Fighters Only.
The main event of UFC 99 features a rare catchweight
bout at 195 pounds between former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin, who
has recently been fighting at light heavyweight, and former 205-pound Pride
champion Wanderlei Silva, who has expressed his interest in moving down to the
99 FIGHT CARD (includes rumored bouts)