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.
|Born||13 February 1971|
Canberra, ACT, Australia
|Other names||The King of Rock n' Rumble|
|Residence||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||77+1⁄2 in (197 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Team||Kings 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 active||1997-2007, 2010|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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 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.
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). 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.
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), 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.  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. However, just days before the fight, Sinosic was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury. 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.
Sinosic's knockout loss to Forrest Griffin appeared in the 2007 film Next starring Nicolas Cage and Jessica Biel. 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.
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.
Sinosic's attempted Gogoplata vs. Tamura, 14 October 1997
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||8 wins||11 losses|
|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.
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