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"Butterbean"

14-10-1

Eric Esch

Eric "Butterbean" Esch

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  • Name: Eric Esch
  • Professional MMA Record: 14-10-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Butterbean
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 45 | Date of Birth: 1968.08.03
  • Last Fight: October 21, 2011 in PFC
  • Weight Class: Super Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 356.2 lbs
  • Gym/Affiliation: N/A
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm) | Reach: 72.0" (183cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $30,000 USD
  • Born: United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Jasper, Alabama
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Eric Esch Wiki Update Wiki

Eric Esch gained his “Butterbean” nickname when he was forced to go on a diet of chicken and butterbeans in order to cut down to 400 lbs. to make weight for a boxing match. Although Esch never put together any serious wins as a professional boxer, he gained widespread popularity for his stellar record in local Toughman boxing contests. In addition to his boxing career, Esch was a professional kickboxer and MMA fighter, defeating the likes of Wesley Correira and James Thompson during his run, although he was never a major title contender.


Following his retirement from active competition in 2010, Esch entered the world of MMA fight promotion, co-promoting the inaugural Moosin: God of Martial Arts event in Worcester, Massachusetts along with Corey Fischer and Korean group Moosin. Butterbean is also known to casual fans for his department store boxing fight with Johnny Knoxville during Jackass: The Movie, during which he easily defeated the MTV superstar.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:05 PM ET
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Eric Esch MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Submission | Punches Sandy Bowman Prestige FC 2011.10.21
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:56 Round 3 of 3, 12:56 Total
Eric Barrak
Ref: Phillipe Chartier
Instinct MMA 1
Main Card | Super Heavyweight
2011.10.07
Weigh-In: 356.2 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Dean Storey Elite1 MMA 2011.05.07
Loss | Submission | Punches Mariusz Pudzianowski Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki 2010.09.18
Loss | Submission | Punches Jeffrey Kugel Xtreme Cagefighting Championship 2010.03.06
Win | Submission | Choke Chris Cruit Alabama Regional 2009.12.11
Win | Submission | Head Tom Howard Time Promotions 2009.09.18
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Jefferson Hook LDIL 2009.06.26
Loss | Submission | Strikes Patrick Smith
YAMMA - Pit Fighting 1 2008.04.11
Loss | Submission | Strikes Nick Penner TFC 2007.12.28
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches Tengiz Tedoradze Cage Rage 2007.07.14
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:35 Round 1 of 3
Zuluzinho
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro
Pride 34: Kamikaze
Main Card | Super Heavyweight
2007.04.08
Weigh-In: 408.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches James Thompson Cage Rage 2007.02.10
Win | KO/TKO | Punch Charles Hodges Palace Fighting Championship 2007.01.18
Loss | Submission | Punches Rob Broughton Cage Rage 2006.12.09
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:29 Round 1 of 3
Sean O'Haire
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
Pride 32: The Real Deal
Main Card | Super Heavyweight
2006.10.21
Disclosed Pay: $30,000 Base | Weigh-In: 398.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Mark Hunt Pride 32 2006.10.21
Reason: Ruled Uncompetitive By NSAC
Loss | Submission | Armlock
4:25 Round 1 of 2
Ikuhisa Minowa
Ref: Yuji Shimada
Pride Bushido 12: Bushido Survival 2nd Round
Main Card | Super Heavyweight
2006.08.26
Win | Submission | Choke Rich Weeks FightFest 2006.07.15
Win | Submission | Punches Matt Eckerle FightFest 2006.05.20
Win | Submission | Choke Aaron Aguilera Rumble on the Rock 2006.04.21
Win | Submission | Choke Leo Sylvest FightFest 2006.04.14
Win | KO/TKO | Injury Wesley Correira Rumble on the Rock 2006.01.20
Win | Submission Walley Keenboom FightFest 2005.12.09
Draw Michael Buchkovich King of the Cage 2005.02.25
Loss | Submission | Leglock Genki Sudo K-1 2003.12.31

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