Two-time Octagon veteran and German citizen Peter Sobotta will be fighting this weekend on the main card of UFC 122, set to go down in Oberhausen, Germany. Having come up short in his previous two Octagon outings, Sobotta will likely be fighting to keep his job when he takes on Amir Sadollah this Saturday. The 23-year old welterweight is aware of this and told MMAJunkie.com recently that he is confident that he has matured enough to make good on his third UFC appearance.
“This time, I’m even more experienced,” Sobotta said. “I feel very good for this fight. It’s a big chance for me.”
Sobotta is being as realistic as he can in assessing his current status within the UFC and he sees this fight against Sadollah as one that will either usher in a new period in his career marked by newfound maturity and success or sink his UFC hopes for the time being.
“I have high pressure because I’m fighting at home, and all my family and friends are here,” Sobotta said. “I know I have two fights in the UFC (with) six rounds and two decision losses. It’s do or die, and I know it.”
Sobotta entered the UFC on the strength of an 8-1 record with all victories coming by way of stoppage or submission. He believes that his two decision losses in the UFC are the result of his nervousness at competing on the biggest MMA stage in the world.
“I think that’s my biggest problem,” Sobotta said. “I don’t have problems with boxing, kickboxing, wrestling or jiu jitsu. I’m still young, but I feel good. I feel very good in training and in sparring. I get nervous before the fight, and sometimes I have the feeling that I couldn’t bring 100 percent inside the octagon because there’s a lot of stress; there’s a lot of pressure. But I’m still 23 years old.”
All told, Sobotta is simply trying to score an impressive stoppage win over Sadollah Saturday night to prove that he has what it takes to compete inside the Octagon.
“I won’t go in there and wait,” Sobotta said. “I will go in and fight aggressive and will try to knock him out or submit him, and not go to the judges scorecards.”
UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami is set to go down this saturday at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. It will feature a middleweight bout between Yushin Okami and Nate Marquardt which will determine the next challenger to the middleweight throne.