Krzysztof Soszyński (Polish pronunciation: [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf sɔˈʂɨɲskʲi]; born August 2, 1977) is a retired Polish-born Canadian mixed martial artist who last competed in the Light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. An 11-year competitor from 2003 until 2014, Soszynski also formerly competed for Strikeforce, the Los Angeles Anacondas of the IFL, and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir.
|Born||August 2, 1977|
Stalowa Wola, Poland
|Other names||The Polish Experiment|
|Residence||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Division||Light heavyweight |
|Reach||77.5 in (197 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Wrestling, BJJ|
|Fighting out of||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Team||Reign Training Center, Team Quest|
|Years active||2003–2014 (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Soszynski was born in Stalowa Wola, Poland, where he was raised until the age of ten, when his family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Soszynski played football and soccer for Maples Collegiate, but later turned to weight training at the age of 16 before transitioning into bodybuilding and later professional wrestling. During career in professional wrestling, which he began at the age of 21 and ended at the age of 25, Soszynski learned various judo techniques as well as submissions from fellow professional wrestler Bad News Brown, a bronze medalist in Judo at the 1976 Olympic games. After this, Soszynski began to pursue a career in mixed martial arts and also trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under black belt and gym owner, Rodrigo Munduruca, in Winnipeg. Soszynski also worked as a houseman at the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel and as a promoter of local MMA events in Manitoba.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
The Ultimate FighterEdit
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
His second fight was at UFC 97 where Soszynski again utilized the kimura to win his second consecutive Submission of the Night award by forcing former WEC Light heavyweight Champion Brian Stann to tap to the hold.
Soszynski then stepped in as a replacement for an injured Matt Hamill to fight Brandon Vera at UFC 102 in Portland, Oregon. Soszynski lost via unanimous decision, bringing his UFC record down to 3–1.
Soszynski next faced Stephan Bonnar on February 21, 2010 at UFC 110. Soszynski was victorious via third-round TKO due to a cut, though the victory was shadowed by an accidental headbutt that caused the cut, creating controversy over the victory. The New South Wales Sports Combat Authority overlooked the fight which could have resulted in the decision being overturned, depending on the judges' scorecards after round two. However, they ruled against overturning the decision. Both fighters stated that there was the need for a rematch.
Their wish was later granted as the two had their rematch at UFC 116. In a close stand up battle, Soszynski got caught by a knee from Bonnar in the second round and lost via TKO after taking several unanswered punches. The fight was awarded Fight of the Night alongside the Leben/Akiyama fight, giving all the fighters an extra $75,000 to their pay.
Soszynski was scheduled to face Anthony Perosh on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131. However, Perosh was forced from the bout with an injury and replaced by Igor Pokrajac. Pokrajac was also injured and replaced by returning UFC veteran Mike Massenzio. He defeated Massenzio via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–26, and 30–27).
Soszynski/Pokrajac took place on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. Soszynski was staggered early on with a straight right from Pokrajac, who followed him to the ground where he landed several shots that finished Soszynski off, resulting in a KO loss. Soszynski was unresponsive for a few minutes after the fight. In a video blog by Dana White, president of the UFC, leading up to UFC 141, there was footage of Soszynski following his loss to Pokrajac and was seen claiming that he is retiring from MMA. Later, he claimed he has no memory of what occurred in the video and says his future in MMA fighting will be dependent upon what his doctors say.
On August 15, 2014 Krzysztof announced his retirement from MMA competition on Inside MMA, citing memory problems that began occurring after his last fight.
Soszynski made an appearance in the movie Here Comes the Boom as a top MMA fighter in the UFC by the name of Ken "The Executioner" Dietrich. He then landed a major role in the movie Tapped Out (2014). He starred as Alpha in the 2016 Daylight's End. Soszynski had a role in the 2017 movie Logan.
Soszynski is married and has a son from a previous relationship.
Championships and achievementsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|39 matches||26 wins||12 losses|
|Loss||26–12–1||Igor Pokrajac||KO (punches)||UFC 140||December 10, 2011||1||0:35||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||26–11–1||Mike Massenzio||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 131||June 11, 2011||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||25–11–1||Goran Reljic||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 122||November 13, 2010||3||5:00||Oberhausen, Germany|
|Loss||24–11–1||Stephan Bonnar||TKO (knee and punches)||UFC 116||July 3, 2010||2||3:08||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||24–10–1||Stephan Bonnar||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 110||February 21, 2010||3||1:04||Sydney, Australia|
|Loss||23–10–1||Brandon Vera||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 102||August 29, 2009||3||5:00||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||23–9–1||André Gusmão||KO (punches)||UFC 98||May 23, 2009||1||3:17||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||22–9–1||Brian Stann||Submission (kimura)||UFC 97||April 18, 2009||1||3:53||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||21–9–1||Shane Primm||Submission (kimura)||TUF 8 Finale||December 13, 2008||2||3:27||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||20–9–1||Marcus Hicks||Submission (kimura)||UCW 11: Hell in the Cage||April 11, 2008||1||N/A||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||19–9–1||Alex Andrade||DQ (low blows)||Ring of Combat 18||March 7, 2008||2||4:46||New Jersey, United States|
|Win||18–9–1||Robert Villegas||DQ (refusal to fight)||HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon||December 15, 2007||2||3:15||Texas, United States|
|Loss||17–9–1||Ben Rothwell||TKO (strikes)||IFL: 2007 Semifinals||August 2, 2007||1||0:13||New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||17–8–1||Reese Andy||Decision (split)||IFL: Everett||June 1, 2007||3||4:00||Everett, Washington, United States|
|Win||17–7–1||Dan Christison||Decision (unanimous)||IFL: Los Angeles||March 17, 2007||3||4:00||California, United States|
|Loss||16–7–1||Mike Whitehead||Decision (unanimous)||IFL: Championship Final||December 29, 2006||3||4:00||Connecticut, United States|
|Win||16–6–1||Devin Cole||Submission (armbar)||IFL: World Championship Semifinals||November 2, 2006||2||1:14||Oregon, United States|
|Win||15–6–1||Icho Larenas||TKO (doctor stoppage)||TKO 27: Reincarnation||September 29, 2006||3||0:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||14–6–1||Tom Howard||TKO (strikes)||IFL: Portland||September 9, 2006||1||3:47||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||13–6–1||Yan Pellerin||Submission (kimura)||TKO 26: Heatwave||June 30, 2006||1||1:30||Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||12–6–1||Ben Rothwell||TKO (strikes)||IFL: Legends Championship 2006||April 29, 2006||1||3:59||New Jersey, United States|
|Draw||12–5–1||Mike Kyle||Technical Draw||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie||March 10, 2006||1||2:02||California, United States||Fight ruled a Technical Draw after accidental eye-poke from Kyle.|
|Loss||12–5||Brian Schall||TKO (strikes)||TKO 24: Eruption||January 28, 2006||3||3:00||Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||12–4||Martin Desilets||TKO (doctor stoppage)||TKO 23: Extreme||November 5, 2005||2||1:30||Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||12–3||Matt Horwich||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Freedom Fight: Canada vs. USA||July 9, 2005||2||0:52||Quebec, Canada|
|Win||12–2||Ron Fields||Submission (armbar)||UCW 2: Caged Inferno||June 18, 2005||1||2:25||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||11–2||Jason Day||TKO (punches)||RR 8 - Roadhouse Rumble 8||April 9, 2005||1||2:08||Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||10–2||Troy Hadley||TKO (punches)||NFA: Super Brawl||January 29, 2005||1||N/A||North Dakota, United States|
|Win||9–2||Chris Thiel||KO (punches)||Ultimate Cage Wars 1||October 29, 2004||1||N/A||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||8–2||Wyatt Lewis||KO (punches)||RITR 1 - Rage in the Ring 1||October 23, 2004||1||N/A||Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||7–2||Lee Mein||Submission (strikes)||WFF 7: Professional Shooto||July 23, 2004||2||2:06||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Loss||6–2||Chris Tuchscherer||Decision (unanimous)||NFA: Moorhead||June 12, 2004||3||3:00||Minnesota, United States|
|Win||6–1||Dennis Stull||TKO (punches)||ICC - Trials 2||April 30, 2004||1||N/A||Minnesota, United States|
|Win||5–1||Jack Burton||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ICC - Trials 2||April 30, 2004||1||N/A||Minnesota, United States|
|Win||4–1||Matt Lafromboise||Submission (punches)||DFC 1 - Dakota Fighting Championships 1||April 17, 2004||1||1:14||North Dakota, United States|
|Win||3–1||Kyle Olsen||Submission (exhaustion)||NFA: Best Damn Fights||March 20, 2004||1||4:55||North Dakota, United States|
|Win||2–1||Ben Konecnec||TKO (punches)||IFA: Ultimate Trials||February 27, 2004||1||0:26||Iowa, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Jason Day||Decision (unanimous)||RR 8 - Roadhouse Rumble 8||November 1, 2003||2||5:00||Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||1–0||Matt Lafromboise||Submission (strikes)||Absolute Ada Fights 4||September 13, 2003||1||3:23||Minnesota, United States|
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