Erik Koch

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Erik Koch
Erik Koch.jpg
Born (1988-10-04) October 4, 1988 (age 28)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Other names New Breed, Phoenix
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)[1]
Division Featherweight
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)[2]
Fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Team Roufusport
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[citation needed]
Black belt in Tae Kwon Do[3]
Years active 2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 14
By knockout 4
By submission 7
By decision 3
Losses 4
By knockout 2
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Erik Jon Koch[4] (born October 4, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist who currently fights as a lightweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


Koch was enrolled in Tae Kwon Do classes at the age of four,[5] and reached his black belt by the age of ten,[6] 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 (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)[7] to pursue a professional career in mixed martial arts.[8]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Koch made his professional MMA debut in 2007. Fighting primarily in Iowa, he amassed an undefeated streak of 8-0 before being signed to World Extreme Cagefighting.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Koch was scheduled to fight Wagnney Fabiano at WEC 43 on September 2, 2009,[9] but was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an undisclosed injury while training. Koch was replaced by WEC newcomer Mackens Semerzier.[10] Now Koch made his WEC debut against Jameel Massouh on December 19 for WEC 45.[11] Koch defeated Massouh via unanimous decision.

Koch was defeated by WEC newcomer Chad Mendes via unanimous decision on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47.[12]

Koch rebounded from his first professional loss as he faced Bendy Casimir on June 20, 2010 at WEC 49.[13] Koch won via first-round triangle choke submission.

Koch was expected to face Josh Grispi on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52.[14] 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 inaugural UFC Featherweight Champion. Koch defeated promotional newcomer Francisco Rivera via first-round TKO, earning Knockout of the Night honors.[15]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[16]

Koch was expected to face Cub Swanson on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[17] However Swanson was forced out of the bout with an injury.[18]

Koch faced Raphael Assunção at UFC 128, replacing the injured Manvel Gamburyan.[19] He won the fight via first round knockout, earning Knockout of the Night honors.

Koch was expected to face Cub Swanson on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132.[20] However, Swanson was forced out of the bout with another injury.[21]

Koch faced The Ultimate Fighter 12 winner Jonathan Brookins on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 25.[22] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Koch was expected to face Dustin Poirier on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143.[23] However, Koch pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Ricardo Lamas,[24] who was then replaced by Max Holloway due to injury as well.

Koch was expected to face José Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship on July 21, 2012, at UFC 149.[25] However, Aldo was forced out of the bout citing an injury and the bout was postponed.[26]

Koch was expected to face José Aldo on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153 for the UFC Featherweight Championship.[27] However, Koch was forced out of the bout with another injury and replaced by Frankie Edgar.[28]

Koch faced Ricardo Lamas on January 26, 2013 at UFC on Fox 6.[29] He lost via TKO in the second round.

Koch faced Dustin Poirier on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164.[30] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

After two consecutive losses, Koch returned to lightweight and faced Rafaello Oliveira on February 22, 2014 at UFC 170.[31] He won the fight by TKO in the first round.

Koch faced Daron Cruickshank on May 10, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 40.[32] He lost the fight via TKO due to a head kick and punches in the first round.[33]

Koch was expected to face Ramsey Nijem on July 25, 2015 at UFC on Fox 16.[34] However, Koch was forced from the bout with injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Andrew Holbrook.[35]

Koch was expected to face Drew Dober on January 2, 2016 at UFC 195.[36] However, Koch pulled out of the bout in early December citing another injury and was replaced by Scott Holtzman.[37]

Koch was expected to face Joe Proctor on May 29, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 88.[38] However, Proctor pulled out of the fight on April 21 citing injury and was replaced by Shane Campbell.[39] Koch won the fight via submission in the second round.[40]

A rescheduled bout with Drew Dober was expected to take place on September 10, 2016 at UFC 203.[41] However on August 11, Koch pulled out again due to injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Jason Gonzalez.[42][43]

Koch is expected to face Tony Martin on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[44]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–4 Shane Campbell Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Garbrandt May 29, 2016 2 3:02 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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 MCC 20 Featherweight Tournament Winner.
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 Featherweight debut.
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 the 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

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Brown vs. Silva". Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ Michael Drahota (May 11, 2014). "UFC Fight Night 40 results recap: Daron Cruickshank vs Erik Koch fight review and analysis". 
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  5. ^ "UFC Fighter Profile". November 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  6. ^ "New Blood". FIGHT! Magazine. February 2011. 
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  8. ^ "Koch's Smorgasbord". March 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  9. ^ "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson on October 10 in San Antonio, Texas". 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  10. ^ (2009-09-29). "Torres-trained Semerzier steps up, will make WEC debut". Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  11. ^ John Morgan. "WEC newcomer Zach Micklewright meets Muhsin Corbbrey at WEC 45 in Las Vegas". 
  12. ^ "Erik Koch vs. Chad Mendes targeted for WEC 47 prelims in March". 2010-01-26. 
  13. ^ "Featherweights Erik Koch and Bendy Casimir meet on WEC 49 prelims in June". 2010-05-03. 
  14. ^ "Josh Grispi vs. Erik Koch targeted for WEC 52 in November". Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  15. ^ "Erik Koch to Stay on WEC 52 Card, Face Newcomer Francisco Rivera". 2010-11-03. 
  16. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". October 28, 2010. 
  17. ^ "WEC vets Eric Koch vs. Cub Swanson targeted for UFC on Versus 3". January 10, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Cub Swanson out at UFC on Versus 3, Erik Koch awaits new opponent". February 24, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Erik Koch vs. Raphael Assuncao In The Works for UFC 128 in New Jersey". February 26, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Erik Koch vs. Cub Swanson rebooked for July's UFC 132 event in Las Vegas". 2011-04-06. 
  21. ^ "Training injury forces Cub Swanson out of UFC 132, Erik Koch awaits new foe". June 2, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Jonathan Brookins vs. Erik Koch slated for UFC Fight Night 25 "Bayou" event". 2011-06-11. 
  23. ^ "Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier added to February's UFC 143 event". 2011-11-15. 
  24. ^ "Replacement Ricardo Lamas meets Dustin Poirier at UFC 143 in Las Vegas". December 21, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Champ Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch title fight headlines UFC 149 in Calgary". April 28, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  26. ^ Whitman, Mike (June 9, 2012). "Jose Aldo-Erik Koch Title Bout Postponed; Urijah Faber-Renan Barao to Headline UFC 149". Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  27. ^ "José Aldo vs. Erik Koch slated for UFC 153 in Brazil event". 2012-07-19. 
  28. ^ "Frankie Edgar replaces Erik Koch, meets champ Jose Aldo at UFC 153". August 31, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Erik Koch vs. Ricardo Lamas featherweight tilt shifts to UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago". November 7, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  30. ^ Jeff Cain (2013-05-23). "Dustin Poirier vs. Erik Koch Has Been Added to the UFC 164 Fight Card in Milwaukee". Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  31. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-01-04). "Erik Koch vs. Rafaello Oliveira booked for UFC 170 in Vegas". Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  32. ^ Staff (2014-02-27). "Erik Koch vs. Daron Cruickshank joins UFC Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati". Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  33. ^ 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. 
  34. ^ Damon Martin (2015-04-22). "Ramsey Nijem meets Erik Koch at FOX UFC Fight Night in Chicago". Retrieved 2015-04-22. 
  35. ^ Staff (2015-06-29). "Andrew Holbrook in for Erik Koch against Ramsey Nijem at UFC on FOX 16". Retrieved 2015-06-29. 
  36. ^ Staff (2015-09-15). "Lightweights Drew Dober vs. Erik Koch added to UFC 195 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  37. ^ Staff (2015-12-04). "Scott Holtzman replaces Erik Koch at UFC 195". Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  38. ^ Mike Bohn and Matt Erickson (2016-03-19). "UFC Fight Night 88 gets 8 new fights". Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  39. ^ Staff (2016-04-21). "Shane Campbell replaces Joe Proctor, meets Erik Koch at UFC Fight 88". Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  40. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-05-29). "UFC Fight Night 88 results: After layoff in excess of 2 years, Erik Koch chokes out Shane Campbell". Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  41. ^ Danny Segura (2016-06-29). "Erik Koch vs. Drew Dober added to UFC 203". Retrieved 2016-06-29. 
  42. ^ Danny Segura (2016-06-29). "Erik Koch vs. Drew Dober added to UFC 203". Retrieved 2016-06-29. 
  43. ^ Staff (2016-08-11). "Erik Koch out, Drew Dober draws newcomer Jason Gonzalez at UFC 203". Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  44. ^ Fox Sports Arizona Staff (2016-11-07). "Welterweights, lightweights added to Phoenix UFC card". Retrieved 2016-11-07. 

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