(Peter Sobotta highlight reel. How do you say "I FINISH FIGHTS!" in German?)
The UFC 99 lineup is packed with plenty of European faces, and as usual, a couple guys will be getting called up to the majors for the very first time. Get acquainted with the latest batch of Octagon newbies below…
PETER SOBOTTA (WW)
Experience: 8-1 record, with all wins by stoppage. Has competed almost entirely in Germany, where he has lived since he was three years old. (He was born in Poland.) Sobotta’s last fight was a third-round TKO of Kerim Abzailov at a KSW event last September.
Will be facing: Paul Taylor (9-4-1, 2-3 UFC)
?Lowdown: One of the local scrappers brought in for the UFC’s Deutschland debut, 22-year-old Peter Sobotta is a well-rounded prospect known for his aggressive offense. No, he’s never beaten anybody you’ve heard of, but he may be able to overwhelm the injury-addled Taylor. Sobotta grew up training in Judo and Tae Kwon Do, took up MMA as a teenager, and had his first pro fight at the age of 17. According to this interview on nokaut.com, Sobotta trains at Berserker’s Gym, is studying to be an "IT system merchant," and is not a morning person.
RICK STORY (WW)
Experience: 7-2 record, with multiple appearances in the SportFight and Elite Warriors Championship organizations. Has won his last six fights, including victories over Brandon Melendez, Jake Ellenberger, and Ryan Healy.
Will be facing: John Hathaway (10-0, 1-0 UFC)
Lowdown: Rick Story almost got a chance to make his UFC debut in January, when he was tapped as a possible fill-in for Karo Parisyan. Instead, the 24-year-old Vancouver, Washington-native will finally enter the Octagon at #99. "The Horror" Story possesses one of the most brilliantly awful nicknames in the UFC, and trains out of the Braveheart Fight Club. As he writes on his MySpace page: "When you watch me fight you can expect to see some bad ass shit. I go 100% till either the end of the fight or until I end the fight. I don’t take shit from anyone even though I have one of the most laid back personalities. My favorite weapons on my body are my elbows!!" Get a look at Rick below…