Elvis Sinosic

Elvis Sinosic (born 13 February 1971) is a retired Australian professional mixed martial artist. Perhaps best known for his seven-fight stint in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he ultimately accumulated a 1-6 record, he also competed in the Cage Rage Championships, K-1, and Pancrase. Sinosic fought for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 32.

Elvis Sinosic
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Born (1971-02-13) 13 February 1971 (age 50)
Canberra, ACT, Australia
Other namesThe King of Rock n' Rumble
ResidenceSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach77+12 in (197 cm)
Fighting out ofSydney, New South Wales, Australia
TeamKings Academy of Martial Arts
Rank  4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado
1st degree black belt in Taekwondo
Yellow rope in Capoeira
Orange belt in Judo
Brown belt in Silat
Full instructor in Eskrima
Full instructor in Muay Thai
Years active1997-2007, 2010
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission4
By knockout7
By decision4
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Sinosic was born in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, to Croatian immigrant parents, and now resides in Sydney, New South Wales. He currently runs Sinosic Perosh Martial Arts SPMA[1] with business and training partner Anthony Perosh. Having trained in various arts for over 20 years dating back to his early twenties, Sinosic was exposed to a myriad of art forms including: Freestyle Wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, boxing, Jeet kune do, Filipino martial arts, Silat, Muay Thai, Capoeira, Kickboxing, Judo, JB Will Shootfighting, Pankration, Jujutsu and Machado BJJ.[2]

Competing on an international level for major organizations such as the Abu Dhabi World Submission Championships, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the K-1 Grand Prix, Sinosic also fought in Pancrase, RINGS, Warriors Realm, Fighter Extreme, Universal Combat Challenge (UCC) (now called TKO Major League MMA (TKO)), Cage Rage, Australian Vale Tudo Open and Caged Combat.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Considered by some to be a pioneer of Australian mixed martial arts, Sinosic fought on the first ever Australian MMA show, Caged Combat. He competed for and won the first ever Australian MMA title, the Australian Vale Tudo Heavyweight Championship. He was also the first Australian to fight for a nominal World Title (Universal Combat Challenge 1 vs Dave Beneteau), and was the first Australian to fight in an MMA match in K-1 when he lost at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 vs Frank Shamrock. He was also the first Australian to fight in the UFC - UFC 30 vs Jeremy Horn - his only winning performance with the organization, where he was the first Australian to fight for a UFC World Championship (UFC 32 in a loss vs. Tito Ortiz).[3] Sinosic was also the first Australian to compete in the ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships when he competed in the inaugural event in 1998, defeating unheralded grappler Clarence Thatch before being submitted by Renato Verissimo.

UFC careerEdit

Sinosic is a UFC veteran holding a record of 1 win and 6 losses within the UFC, at the time the statistically worst record in promotional history, contributing to the 8 wins, 12 losses and 2 draws in his mixed martial arts career. He made his UFC debut defeating Jeremy Horn by armbar at UFC 30, considered a huge upset at the time, and was then offered a match with Tito Ortiz, who was then the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion at UFC 32. Sinosic was defeated by Ortiz in the first round via Technical knockout (TKO).

Subsequently, he fought several times in the UFC, with matches against Evan Tanner (TKO loss), Renato Sobral (decision loss), Forrest Griffin (KO loss),[4] and Alessio Sakara (decision loss) at UFC 57. Following his historically unsuccessful stint with the UFC, he defeated regional fighters Shamoji Fuiji and Mark Epstein both by armbar.

Sinosic's last fight in the UFC was a loss to Michael Bisping due to TKO (strikes) at UFC 70. [5] He was scheduled to return to the octagon in 2010 for a rematch against Chris Haseman at UFC 110, the first UFC event to be held in Australia.[6] However, just days before the fight, Sinosic was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury.[7] Following what the promotion perceived to be an elective surgical procedure that would not have prevented him from competing against Haseman, Sinosic was permanently cut by the promotion and never offered another contract.

Post UFCEdit

Sinosic's last fight was a KO loss to Paul Cahoon at Cage Rage 24 on 1 December 2007.[8]

Other mediaEdit

Sinosic's knockout loss to Forrest Griffin appeared in the 2007 film Next starring Nicolas Cage and Jessica Biel.[9] He also appeared on UFC Fight Week in Australia as an analyst which occasionally featured a segment known as "MMA 101" in which Elvis shows a short visual demonstration on a particular technique.

Sinosic claimed to be the first person to perform a Gogoplata in MMA competition,[10] although his opponent did not submit.

Elvis also trained notable social activist and former N.S.W Greens candidate Michael Bray who he graded to purple belt, who has spent time pursuing reform in wealth distribution and marriage equality.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 8 wins 11 losses
By knockout 4 7
By submission 4 0
By decision 0 4
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 8–11–2 Paul Cahoon KO (punches) Cage Rage 24 1 December 2007 1 0:21 London, England
Loss 8–10–2 Michael Bisping TKO (punches) UFC 70 21 April 2007 2 1:40 Manchester, England Fight of the Night.
Win 8–9–2 Mark Epstein Submission (armbar) Cage Rage 19 9 December 2006 1 2:37 London, England
Win 7–9–2 Shamoji Fuji Submission (armbar) Xplosion 30 September 2006 1 2:40 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Loss 6–9–2 Alessio Sakara Decision (unanimous) UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 4 February 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 6–8–2 Forrest Griffin KO (punches) UFC 55: Fury 7 October 2005 1 3:22 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Draw 6–7–2 Daijiro Matsui Draw Pancrase: Spiral 5 10 July 2005 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 6–7–1 Roberto Traven KO (punch) WR 1 – Warriors Realm 1 3 September 2004 2 Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Loss 5–7–1 Sanae Kikuta Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - 10th Anniversary Show 31 August 2003 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–6–1 August Wallen Submission (armbar) FE 3 – Fighter Extreme 3 2 May 2003 1 5:36 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 4–6–1 Renato Sobral Decision (unanimous) UFC 38 13 July 2002 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 4–5–1 Evan Tanner TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 36 22 March 2002 1 2:06 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 4–4–1 Tito Ortiz TKO (punches and elbows) UFC 32 29 June 2001 1 3:32 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 4–3–1 Jeremy Horn Submission (triangle armbar) UFC 30 23 February 2001 1 2:59 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 3–3–1 Frank Shamrock Decision K-1 Grand Prix 2000 Final 12 December 2000 5 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 3–2–1 Dave Beneteau Draw UCC 1 – The New Beginning 2 June 2000 2 10:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 3–2 Al Reynish TKO (retirement) Rings Australia: NR2 13 September 1998 1 7:52 Australia
Win 3–1 Daniel Bond TKO AVT – Australia Vale Tudo 16 November 1997 1 Australia
Win 2–1 Kevin McConachie TKO AVT – Australia Vale Tudo 16 November 1997 1 Australia
Loss 1–1 Chris Haseman TKO (chin to the eye) Caged Combat 1 – Australian Ultimate Fighting 22 March 1997 1 2:47 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 1–0 Matt Rocca TKO (submission to strikes) Caged Combat 1 – Australian Ultimate Fighting 22 March 1997 1 0:41 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Kings Academy MMAEdit

Sinosic runs Kings Academy, a martial arts school located in Sydney, Australia teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, wrestling and hot yoga. Kings Academy was established in 2017.

Prior to being known as Kings Academy, from 2002 till 2017 Elvis Sinosic and Anthony Perosh both held the title of "Chief Instructor" together at SPMA (Sinosic/Perosh Martial Arts) which was located in two different locations in Sydney. Both Instructors decided to open their Individual Gyms after they agreed that one instructor should be at one location to pay closer attention to their students.


  1. ^ "SPMA – Best Sydney club with MMA, BJJ, Kickboxing classes and training". Spma.net.au. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 September 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Coate, Ben. "The evolution of ground and pound from Coleman to Khabib". The Body Lock MMA. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  4. ^ Nile, Levi. "B/R MMA in 2005: A Retrospective Look at the Sport a Decade Later". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 February 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 February 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "The Official Website of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC)". Ufc.com. Archived from the original on 22 February 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Mixed Martial Arts: MMA News, Fighters, Events, Forum". Mixedmartialarts.com. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Elvis cameo's in NEXT". Youtube.com. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  10. ^ "YouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved 1 August 2016.

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