October 4, 1988 |
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
|Other names||New Breed|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|Rank||purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt in Tae Kwon Do|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Koch was enrolled in Tae Kwon Do classes at the age of four, receiving his black belt by the age of ten and piquing his interest in MMA. With help from his older brother, Keoni, who helps run an MMA gym in Iowa with Dave Sherzer (Hard Drive MMA), Erik started MMA-style striking and grappling before the age of 14. Koch would later drop out of Washington High School to pursue a professional career in mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
He was scheduled to fight Wagnney Fabiano at WEC 43 on September 2, 2009, but was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an undisclosed injury while training. Koch was replaced by WEC newcomer Mackens Semerzier. Now Koch made his WEC debut against Jameel Massouh on December 19 for WEC 45. Koch defeated Massouh via unanimous decision.
Koch was expected to face Josh Grispi on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52. However, due to the UFC/WEC merger, the fight was scratched as Grispi was awarded a title fight with current WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo to determine the first ever UFC featherweight champion. Koch defeated promotional newcomer Francisco Rivera via first round TKO, earning Knockout of the Night honors.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Koch was expected to face Dustin Poirier on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143. However, Koch pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Ricardo Lamas, who was then replaced by Max Holloway due to injury as well.
Championships and Accomplishments
- Mainstream MMA
- Mainstream MMA Lightweight Championship (2008)
- Midwest Cage Championship
- MCC 20 Featherweight Tournament Winner (2009)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||14 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||14–4||Daron Cruickshank||TKO (head kick and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva||May 10, 2014||1||3:21||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||14–3||Rafaello Oliveira||TKO (punches)||UFC 170||February 22, 2014||1||1:24||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Return to Lightweight.|
|Loss||13–3||Dustin Poirier||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 164||August 31, 2013||3||5:00||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||13–2||Ricardo Lamas||TKO (elbows)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson||January 26, 2013||2||2:32||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||13–1||Jonathan Brookins||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger||September 17, 2011||3||5:00||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||12–1||Raphael Assunção||KO (punch)||UFC 128||March 19, 2011||1||2:32||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||11–1||Francisco Rivera||TKO (head kick and punches)||WEC 52||November 11, 2010||1||1:36||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||10–1||Bendy Casimir||Submission (triangle choke)||WEC 49||June 20, 2010||1||3:01||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||9–1||Chad Mendes||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 47||March 6, 2010||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||9–0||Jameel Massouh||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 45||December 19, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–0||Tom Ahrens||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Midwest Cage Championships 20||April 17, 2009||2||3:13||West Des Moines, Iowa, United States||Won MCC 20 Featherweight Tournament.|
|Win||7–0||Will Shutt||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Midwest Cage Championships 20||April 17, 2009||2||3:33||West Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||6–0||Joe Pearson||Submission (triangle choke)||Mainstream MMA 9: New Era||April 8, 2008||1||3:00||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States||Won Mainstream MMA Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||5–0||Eric Wisely||Decision (unanimous)||Mainstream MMA 7: Vengeance||October 20, 2007||3||5:00||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States|
|Win||4–0||TJ O'Brien||Submission (armbar)||Mainstream MMA 6: Evolution||July 14, 2007||1||0:42||Dubuque, Iowa, United States|
|Win||3–0||Tyler Combs||TKO (punches)||Xtreme Fighting Organization 17||June 2, 2007||1||2:37||Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States|
|Win||2–0||Micah Washington||Submission (armbar)||Mainstream MMA 5: Heavy Duty||February 10, 2007||1||N/A||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States|
|Win||1–0||Prentiss Wolf||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Mainstream MMA 4: Epic||January 6, 2007||1||2:30||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States|
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- "New Blood". FIGHT! Magazine. February 2011.
- "UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. November 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
- "Koch's Smorgasbord". Sherdog.com. March 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-17.
- "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson on October 10 in San Antonio, Texas". MMAFrenzy.com. 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-08-29.
- nwi.com (2009-09-29). "Torres-trained Semerzier steps up, will make WEC debut". nwi.com. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
- John Morgan. "WEC newcomer Zach Micklewright meets Muhsin Corbbrey at WEC 45 in Las Vegas".
- "Erik Koch vs. Chad Mendes targeted for WEC 47 prelims in March". 2010-01-26.
- "Featherweights Erik Koch and Bendy Casimir meet on WEC 49 prelims in June". mmajunkie.com. 2010-05-03.
- "Josh Grispi vs. Erik Koch targeted for WEC 52 in November". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-09-16.
- "Erik Koch to Stay on WEC 52 Card, Face Newcomer Francisco Rivera". mmafighting.com. 2010-11-03.
- "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010.
- "WEC vets Eric Koch vs. Cub Swanson targeted for UFC on Versus 3". mmajunkie.com. January 10, 2011.
- "Cub Swanson out at UFC on Versus 3, Erik Koch awaits new opponent". mmajunkie.com. February 24, 2011.
- "Erik Koch vs. Raphael Assuncao In The Works for UFC 128 in New Jersey". mmaweekly.com. February 26, 2011.
- "Erik Koch vs. Cub Swanson rebooked for July's UFC 132 event in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. 2011-04-06.
- "Training injury forces Cub Swanson out of UFC 132, Erik Koch awaits new foe". majukie.com. June 2, 2011.
- "Jonathan Brookins vs. Erik Koch slated for UFC Fight Night 25 "Bayou" event". mmajunkie.com. 2011-06-11.
- "Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier added to February's UFC 143 event". mmajunkie.com. 2011-11-15.
- "Replacement Ricardo Lamas meets Dustin Poirier at UFC 143 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. December 21, 2011.
- "Champ Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch title fight headlines UFC 149 in Calgary". mmajunkie.com. April 28, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- Whitman, Mike (June 9, 2012). "Jose Aldo-Erik Koch Title Bout Postponed; Urijah Faber-Renan Barao to Headline UFC 149". sherdog.com. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
- "José Aldo vs. Erik Koch slated for UFC 153 in Brazil event". tatame.com.br. 2012-07-19.
- "Frankie Edgar replaces Erik Koch, meets champ Jose Aldo at UFC 153". mmajunkie.com. August 31, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
- "Erik Koch vs. Ricardo Lamas featherweight tilt shifts to UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago". mmajunkie.com. November 7, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
- Jeff Cain (2013-05-23). "Dustin Poirier vs. Erik Koch Has Been Added to the UFC 164 Fight Card in Milwaukee". mmaweekley.com. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
- Dann Stupp (2014-01-04). "Erik Koch vs. Rafaello Oliveira booked for UFC 170 in Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
- Staff (2014-02-27). "Erik Koch vs. Daron Cruickshank joins UFC Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
- Cole, Ross (10 May 2014). "Daron Cruickshank Stops Erik Koch In The First Round At UFC Fight Night 40". Fight of the Night. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
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