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5-3-0 Professional MMA
Starting martial arts at the relatively late age of 18, Nick Osipczak began studying Shaolin Kung Fu at Loughborough University where he gained a degree in Maths and Finance. After two years he won the national open championship, but it was near this time he had began watching MMA and decided it was time to move on to greater challenges. As a professional gambler, he was able to train full time, and has put in the hours at some of the UK's top MMA gyms, and currently trains out of the Rough House in Nottingham, aswell as Leicester Shootfighters. Going undefeated at amateur and semi-pro competitions, Nick made his professional début March 2008, where he destroyed his opponent in 76 seconds. After going 3-0 professionally, he was called up for the 9th series of The Ultimate Fighter: UK vs USA.
He officially won his way onto the 8-man team by knocking out his opponent in round one at the eliminations based in Liverpool. He was then selected to compete in the first fight on the show, being matched up against the tough and experienced Mark Miller. Nick was considered the underdog but this proved to not be the case when he spectacularly knocked Mark out with a head kick, said by many to be the best knockout on the show's history. In the semi-finals he faced DaMarques Johnson, losing a tough fight by unanimous decision. Again, this was an impressive showing, with UFC president Dana White calling the fight one of the best fights in all the TUF seasons.
On the back of Osipczak's performances on the show he was called up to make his official UFC debut against USA team member Frank Lester. Nick comfortably defeated Frank, finishing by rear-naked-choke with no hooks in, displaying an overall improved skillset.
Nick's next fight was at UFC 105, where he handed American wrestling stand-out Matt Riddle his first loss, getting the TKO in round 3, despite being a big-underdog going into the fight according to the betting lines.
This momentum was interrupted by a controversial split-decision loss to Rick Story at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. The unexpected result was met with boos from the crowd, and Rick was given a 180 day medical suspension after the fight, adding further arguement that Nick should have been given the nod.
Nick then dropped a unanimous decision to Greg Soto at UFC 118 in Boston. After winning the first round and cutting Soto with strikes, he was controlled from top position for the next two rounds.
On Nov 13th, at UFC 122 in Germany, Nick dropped a very close split decision to Duane "Bang" Ludwig. After dropping him in the first round and cutting him over both eyes, Nick also scored the only takedown in the second round.
Nick also teaches MMA at the New Wave Academy in South London, coaching a strong stable of fighters.