|Role Mixed martial artist|
Children Nicholas Soszynski
Name Krzysztof Soszynski
Spouse Genevieve Soszynski
|Reach 77.5 in (197 cm)|
Weight 93 kg
Nationality Polish Canadian
Height 1.85 m
|Born August 2, 1977 (age 38)
Stalowa Wola, Poland (1977-08-02) |
Division Light Heavyweight Heavyweight (formerly)
Fighting out of Temecula, California, United States via Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Team Reign Training Center, Team Quest
Movies Tapped, Here Comes the Boom, UFC 97, Hidden in the Woods, The Package
Similar People Cody Hackman, Scott Voss, Allan Ungar, Mark DellaGrotte, Frank Coraci
Other names The Polish Experiment
Krzysztof soszynski announces retirement on inside mma
Krzysztof Soszyński ([ˈkʂɨʂtɔf sɔˈʂɨɲskʲi]; born August 2, 1977) is a retired Polish-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.
- Krzysztof soszynski announces retirement on inside mma
- Submission of the Week Krzysztof Soszynski vs Brian Stann
- The Ultimate Fighter
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Film career
- Personal life
- Championships and achievements
Submission of the Week: Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brian Stann
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.
The Ultimate Fighter
Soszynski entered The Ultimate Fighter, where he defeated Mike Stewart and Kyle Kingsbury on the way to the semifinals, where he lost to Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Vinny Magalhaes.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Soszynski made his debut against former Ultimate Fighter castmate Shane Primm, whom he defeated by submission due to a kimura. It was awarded Submission of the Night.
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 next stepped in as a late replacement for Houston Alexander at UFC 98, knocking out Andre Gusmão at 3:17 in the first round.
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 faced Goran Reljic on November 13, 2010 at UFC 122. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
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, 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.
Aside from his appearance on The Ultimate Fighter TV show, Soszynski had a small uncredited role in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation entitled "S.F.C. - Cage Fighter".
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). Soszynski has a role in the 2017 movie Logan.
Soszynski is married and has a son from a previous relationship.