FightWorks Podcast contributor Bruce Hoyer brings us this profile of Paul Georgieff, a contestant on the newest season of The Ultimate Fighter on SpikeTV.
How did you get started in MMA?
It was my senior year in high school, and every student was require do a “senior project” of our choice for a month. I chose to work at an investment firm and train at a Judo club. I stuck with the Judo, which quickly lead me to BJJ. At this point, I was going to school at the University of Vermont and training with the school’s BBJ and Judo clubs. I completely fell in love with both sports and found myself training every day, often going to back to back Judo and BJJ classes. I started training at Team Bison in 2004 with no intention of fighting, just looking for more people to roll with. Everyone at Bison was fighting, so I ended up trying it out that summer.
What is your background in?
See previous question.
What was or is your job currently?
I work as a researcher for the University of Wisconsin’s structural engineering department. I am currently writing my thesis entitled “Experimental and Analytical Investigation of Steel Free Concrete Bridge Decks Constructed with External Tie Bars”.
When you were told that you made the show what did you first?
I was told that I was going to be on TUF6 just days before filming started. They really didn’t give me much time to get my things in order. The first thing I did was to call my parents and tell them that I would not be joining the on the family trip to Prague, then I started packing.
Who do you look up to in MMA and why?
The two fighters that I look up to most in MMA are George St. Pierre and Randy Couture. GSP’s remarkable because he’s such a well rounded fighter and a hard worker, plus he’s a good person. Randy’s just really inspiring. I hope I’m achieving such great things at his age.
What does being an Ultimate Fighter mean to you?
Being on TUF6 is an opportunity of a life time for me. I got to train with the best in the game and fight in front of millions of people, surely not your typical summer vacation.
Last question if you could be anything else other than a fighter what would you do?
If I could be anything else other than an MMA fighter, I’d be a pro mountain biker. I raced bikes all through collage and absolutely loved it.