Enrique Barzola

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Enrique Barzola
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BornEnrique Johnatan Barzola Acosta[1]
(1989-04-28) April 28, 1989 (age 29)
Lima, Peru[2]
Other namesEl Fuerte
NationalityPeruvian
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight65 kg (143 lb; 10 st 3 lb)
DivisionFeatherwweight
Reach70 in (178 cm)
StyleWrestling, Luta Livre, Kickboxing, BJJ
Fighting out ofLima, Peru
TeamAmerican Top Team[3]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total20
Wins15
By knockout4
By submission4
By decision7
Losses4
By decision4
Draws1
Other information
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.”[4] and he competes in Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[2]

Background[edit]

Barzola was born in Lima, Peru. He was graphic designer and studied architecture in college briefly prior turned to fight professionally in MMA.[2]

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.[5] He transitioned from to mixed martial arts when he was 22[2] 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,[6] and four years later he became the lightweight champion of UFC “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2".[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[7]

The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2[edit]

Barzola was selected as one of the cast members for The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 , UFC The Ultimate Fighter TV series, under Team Efrain Escudero in April 2015.[8]

In the elimination round, Barzola defeated the Chilean Jonathan Ortega by unanimous decision.[9] 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[edit]

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).[4]

He next faced Kyle Bochniak on August 2, 2016 at UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit.[10] He lost via split decision.[11] 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".[12]

His third fight in UFC was against Chris Avila on November 5, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale.[13] He picked up a win via unanimous decision.[14]

On May 13, 2017, Barzola took up Gabriel Benítez at UFC 211.[15] After three fights, judges awarded the win to Barzola via unanimous decision with (29-28) across the score board.[16]

Barzola faced Arnold Allen at UFC 220 on January 20, 2018.[17] 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.[18] Barzola won the fight by unanimous decision.[19]

Barzola faced Brandon Davis on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129.[20] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[21]

Barzola was expected to face Nad Narimani on November 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 140.[22] However, on October 25, 2018, it was reported that Barzola pulled out of the fight due to arm injury.[23]

Barzola faced Kevin Aguilar on March 30, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 2.[24] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[25]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Personal life[edit]

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.[26]

Barzola appreared in the Reebok "Be More Human" Latin America advertising campaign.[27][28]

His favorite fighter is Stipe Miočić.[29]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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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See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "El peruano Barzola perdió con polémica en UFC". Univision.com. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
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