|Born||Enrique Johnatan Barzola Acosta|
April 28, 1989
|Other names||El Fuerte|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||65 kg (143 lb; 10 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Style||Wrestling, Luta Livre, Kickboxing, BJJ|
|Fighting out of||Lima, Peru|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Enrique Barzola (born April 28, 1989) is a Peruvian mixed martial artist. He was the lightweight champion of UFC “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2.” and he competes in Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Barzola was a wrestler and never thought he would become a professionally fighter, due to money was scarced for MMA lessons, even thought he enjoyed mixed martial arts since he was young, watching Cain Velasquez and Fedor Emelianenko on You Tube. He transitioned from to mixed martial arts when he was 22 after he joined a MMA gym After six months of training, he announced that he would fight in UFC one day where he was laught at by his gym mates, and four years later he became the lightweight champion of UFC “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2".
Mixed martial arts career
Barzola began his professional mixed martial arts career in 2012.
While on the regional circuit in South America, he competed primarily in his home country of Peru. He amassed a record of 10-2-1 prior joining UFC.
The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2
In the elimination round, Barzola defeated the Chilean Jonathan Ortega by unanimous decision. Barzola next faced Paraguayan Cesar Arzamendia in the semifinals and won by submission in round one. He moved on to face Horacio Gultierrez on UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Gastelum for the title belt.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Barzola made his promotional debut on November 21, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. He faced Horacio Gutierrez in the finals for The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2. He defeated Guiterrez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
He next faced Kyle Bochniak on August 2, 2016 at UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit. He lost via split decision. He stated after the fight that he disagreed with the judges decision saying "It was a very bad decision because everyone saw that I won. I connected more, I was more active and pressed all the time. I will correct some errors without considering this duel as a defeat".
Barzola faced Arnold Allen at UFC 220 on January 20, 2018. However, Allen was pulled from the fight on January 11 due to alleged visa issues which restricted his ability to travel, and he was replaced by Matt Bessette. Barzola won the fight by unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Barzola's moniker "El Fuerte" means "The Fort / The Strong" in English and he considers himself as "The Fort of El Agustino" (El Agustino, a district of Lima) - a humble person who fights for his dream.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||15 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||15–4–1||Kevin Aguilar||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje||March 30, 2019||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||15–3–1||Brandon Davis||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman||May 19, 2018||3||5:00||Santiago, Chile|
|Win||14–3–1||Matt Bessette||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 220||January 20, 2018||3||5:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||13–3–1||Gabriel Benítez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 211||May 13, 2017||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||12–3–1||Chris Avila||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson||November 5, 2016||3||5:00||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Loss||11–3–1||Kyle Bochniak||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit||August 27, 2016||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||Return to Featherweight.|
|Win||11–2–1||Horacio Gutierrez||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale: Magny vs. Gastelum||November 21, 2015||3||5:00||Monterrey, Mexico||Won The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 Lightweight Tournament.|
|Win||10–2–1||Fernando Perez||TKO (punches)||Peru Fighting Championship 18||September 6, 2014||2||4:36||Lima, Peru|
|Loss||9–2–1||Martin Mollinedo||Decision (unanimous)||Fusion Fighting Championship 9||July 16, 2014||3||5:00||Lima, Peru|
|Win||8–2–1||Manuel Meza||Decision (unanimous)||Inka FC 26||May 24, 2014||3||5:00||Lima, Peru|
|Win||8–1–1||Humberto Bandenay||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Inka FC 25||April 16, 2014||2||N/A||Lima, Peru|
|Loss||7–1–1||Fernando Bruno||Decision (unanimous)||300 Sparta 5 Grand Prix||February 4, 2014||2||5:00||Lima, Peru||Featherweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Win||7–0–1||Marco Anatoly||TKO (punches)||300 Sparta 5 Grand Prix||February 4, 2014||2||N/A||Lima, Peru||Featherweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||6–0–1||Missael Silva de Souza||TKO (punches)||Show Fighting Enterprise 2||November 30, 2013||2||2:25||Quito, Ecuador|
|Win||5–0–1||Joel Iglesias||TKO (punches)||Inka FC 24||October 23, 2013||2||3:29||Lima, Peru|
|Win||4–0–1||Jorge Enciso||Submission (rear-naked choke)||300 Sparta MMA 4||October 10, 2013||1||0:00||Lima, Peru|
|Draw||3–0–1||Gonzalo Vallejo||Decision (unanimous)||300 Sparta MMA 2||July 17, 2013||3||5:00||Lima, Peru|
|Win||3–0||Emiliano Nielli||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Inka FC 21||May 19, 2013||3||0:00||Lima, Peru|
|Win||2–0||Jorge Luis Figueroa Duran||Decision (unanimous)||300 Sparta MMA 1||April 24, 2013||3||5:00||Lima, Peru|
|Win||1–0||Arturo Frias||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Inka FC 19||December 12, 2012||1||2:28||Lima, Peru|
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