Enrique Barzola

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Enrique Barzola
BornEnrique Johnatan Barzola Acosta[1]
(1989-04-28) April 28, 1989 (age 29)
Lima, Peru[2]
Other namesEl Fuerte
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight65 kg (143 lb; 10 st 3 lb)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
StyleWrestling, Luta Livre, Kickboxing, BJJ
Fighting out ofLima, Peru
TeamAmerican Top Team[3]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission4
By decision7
By decision4
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]


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


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Enrique Barzola profie at Tapology.com". Tapology.com. 2017-07-11. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  2. ^ a b c d "Enrique Barzola". Ufc.com. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  3. ^ "La hazaña de Enrique Barzola deja huella peruana en UFC | FIGHTLAND". Fightland. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  4. ^ a b c d "UFC Fight Night 78 results: Enrique Barzola dominates Horacio Gutierrez for 'TUF' crown". MMAjunkie. 2015-11-22. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  5. ^ "Central CMD: Informe especial sobre Enrique Barzola (UFC)". YouTube. 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Enrique". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  8. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Cast Revealed | MMAWeekly.com". Mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
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  10. ^ "Enrique Barzola meets Kyle Bochniak at UFC on FOX 21". MMAjunkie. 2016-06-27. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  11. ^ "UFC on FOX 21 results: Kyle Bochniak's leg kicks help in split decision over Enrique Barzola". MMAjunkie. 2016-08-27. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  12. ^ "El peruano Barzola perdió con polémica en UFC". Univision.com. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  13. ^ "UFC Fight Night 98 adds Chris Avila vs. Enrique Barzola, Enrique Briones vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade". MMAjunkie. 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  14. ^ "UFC Fight Night 98 results: Enrique Barzola uses takedowns to cruise past Chris Avila". MMAjunkie. 2016-11-05. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  15. ^ "'The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America' vets Enrique Barzola and Gabriel Benitez meet at UFC 211 in Dallas". MMAjunkie. 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  16. ^ "UFC 211 results: Enrique Barzola tops Gabriel Benitez in fun back-and-forth scrap". MMAjunkie. 2017-05-13. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  17. ^ Bermúdez, Pablo (2017-12-30). "UFC: peruano Enrique Barzola enfrentará a Arnold Allen el 20 de enero en Boston". depor.pe (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  18. ^ "UFC 220: Matt Bessette booked to fight Enrique Barzola". FanSided. 2018-01-11. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
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  20. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-04-12). "Enrique Barzola meets Brandon Davis during UFC Fight Night 129 in Santiago". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-04-12. (in Dutch)
  21. ^ "UFC Fight Night 129 results: Enrique Barzola's wrestling too much for Brandon Davis". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-20. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  22. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-08-16). "Enrique Barzola vs. Nad Narimani first known fight for UFC Buenos Aires". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-08-16. (in Dutch)
  23. ^ DNA, MMA. "Enrique Barzola geblesseerd, vecht niet tegen Nad Narimani tijdens UFC Buenos Aires". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  24. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-02-07). "Featherweight match between Enrique Barzola and Kevin Aguilar at UFC Philadelphia". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-02-07. (in Dutch)
  25. ^ "UFC Philadelphia: Kevin Aguilar denies takedowns, decisions Enrique Barzola". MMA Junkie. 2019-03-30. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  26. ^ "TUF: Latin America Finale Prelim Breakout Star: Enrique Barzola | MMA Manifesto". Thesportsdaily.com. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  27. ^ Peru.com (2016-11-16). "UFC: Enrique Barzola y su conmovedora historia que enorgullece al Perú". Perú.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  28. ^ "Enrique Barzola y su lado más humano". YouTube. 2016-12-02. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  29. ^ Alva, Gino (2016-08-26). "Enrique Barzola: "En UFC me verán más evolucionado contra Bochniak"". MMA.uno , #1 En noticias de Artes Marciales Mixtas (MMA) en Español. (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  30. ^ Sherdog.com. "Enrique". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-04-15.

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