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Sobotta-Sadollah and Reljic-Soszynski Penciled in for UFC 122 and Brown-MacDonald Being Targeted for UFC 123


(The Waterboy will look to exploit "The Immortal" Matt Brown‘s mortal ground game.)

UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has been busy the past week securing fights for some of the promotion’s upcoming cards.

According to German MMA website groundandpound.de, Polish-German welterweight fighter Peter Sobotta will take on The Ultimate Fighter Season 7 winner Amir Sadollah at UFC 122 when the UFC travels to Germany in November.

0-2 in two Octagon appearances, having dropped unanimous decisions to Paul Taylor and James Wilks at UFC 99 and 115, respectively, Sobotta may find him self unemployed if he loses another bout.

Sadollah, who isn’t quite on the chopping block yet, will be looking to rebound from a lackluster performance against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 114. Prior to that, the Brooklyn-born, Richmond, Virginia-raised fighter won two in a row against Brad Blackburn and Phil Baroni — both via unanimous decision.


According to MMAJunkie, the event will also feature a light heavyweight tilt between Polish-born Canadian Krzysztof Soszynski  and Croation Kendall Grove at UFC 116. He has since decided to move back up to his usual 205-pound class to face Soszynski.

4-2 in the Octagon, Soszynski lost his last fight to Stephan Bonnar by TKO at UFC 116 after defeating the TUF 1 finalist via a controversial cut stoppage that was caused by an unintentional headbutt by Krzysztof in the pair’s first meeting at UFC 112. The result should have been overturned and the the fight ruled a no-contest, but since the bout happened in Australia and was sanctioned by a governing body assembled by Zuffa, there was no way to protest the outcome of the match.

Prior to that, "The Polish Experiment" lost to Brandon Vera by unanimous decision at UFC 102 after reeling off three straight wins in his trio of UFC appearances against Shane Primm, Andre Gusmao and Brian Stann.

According to Sportsnet.com’s Showdown Joe Ferraro, UFC 123 has also begun to take shape and will feature a welterweight clash between Matt Brown and highly-touted Canadian prospect Rory MacDonald.

Coming off of a hard-fought TKO loss against former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit in the dying seconds of their UFC 115 bout in Vancouver — the first loss on the 21-year-old’s record — MacDonald will be hungry for a win against Brown.

Although he is no slouch, Brown is somewhat of a step down in competition for "The Waterboy," especially on the ground where "The Immortal" seems to have an obvious Achilles heel.

Seven of the Ohio native’s nine losses (including his last two UFC fight he dropped to Ricardo Almeida and Chris Lytle) have come by submission. As such,  MacDonald should have no problem showcasing the jiu-jitsu skills that helped win him the King of the Cage Canadian welterweight strap, earned him a slot on the UFC roster and gave him a "W" in his Octagon debut against Mike Guymon at UFN 20. 

A location for the event has yet to be named by the UFC.

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Booze n Brawl- August 19, 2010 at 12:20 am
I think the UFC are going throwing Rory an easier guy to build him up a la Jon Jones/Phil Davis. A couple more wins and he'll be right up there hopefully. I'd like to see him fight John Hathaway
ThrashingMad- August 18, 2010 at 5:56 pm
Wow, is the UFC really going to have to cut Brown? After all of the Standin-n-Bangin that dude did?
steampunk22- August 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm
@glassjaw

Lots of them got contracts, what I meant was that Bonnar and Griffin got "six figure contracts" the "prize" contract. The other guys all got intro level contracts I'm pretty sure. In which case you could argue that Bonnar was a "co-winner". ;P
RwilsonR- August 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm
glassjawsh - I think Bonnar got the *same* contract as he TUF winner. But I still woudn't argue he was the TUF winner (even though I thought he won the fight, but the judges disagreed).
glassjawsh- August 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm
@ STEAMPUNK - koscheck got a contract, your argument is invalid
steampunk22- August 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm
@RearNakedChicken

You could argue that Bonnar was co-winner of TUF1 because both him and Griffin were awarded the same contract.
glassjawsh- August 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm
something about matt brown just makes me believe that he is an unending douche. hope he gets subbed via awesome for the second fight in a row
rearnakedchickenchoke- August 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm
Bonnar was a TUF 1 semi-finalist, not winner.
MoTropolis- August 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm
Sadollah = biggest dissappointment in UFC history IMO.
KimboSlice- August 18, 2010 at 12:26 pm
I wonder if Sobotta can get his FIRST win tonight?

edit: Dang you Jersey Shua
Jersey Shua- August 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm
Tsk Tsk Potato... Rory MacDonald lost by TKO to Condit, not submission. It was a crazy ass fight though.
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