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"Butterbean"

15-10-1

Eric Esch

Eric "Butterbean" Esch

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  • Name: Eric Esch
  • MMA Record: 15-10-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Butterbean
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 47 | Date of Birth: 1968.08.03
  • Last Fight: October 21, 2011 in PFC
  • Weight Class: Super Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 356.2 lbs
  • 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

Pro 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
15-8-1 0-0-0

Instinct MMA 1
Main Card | Super Heavyweight

2011.10.07
Weigh-In: 356.2 lbs (161.6 kgs) | Referee: Phillipe Chartier
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Dean Storey

Elite1 MMA

2011.05.07
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Deon West

Legends of Fighting Championship

2010.12.09
Loss | Submission | Punches

Mariusz Pudzianowski

Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki

2010.09.18
Loss | Submission | Punches

Jeffrey Kugel

Michigan Regional

2010.03.06
Win | Submission | Choke

Chris Cruit

Alabama Regional

2009.12.11
Win | Submission | Head

Tom Howard

Texas Regional

2009.09.18
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jefferson Hook

Indiana Regional

2009.06.26
Loss | Submission | Strikes
3:17 Round 1 of 3

Patrick Smith
10-5-1 16-13-0

YAMMA Pit Fighting 1
Co-Main Event

2008.04.11
Loss | Submission | Strikes

Nick Penner

Alberta Regional

2007.12.28
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Tengiz Tedoradze

Cage Rage

2007.07.14
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:35 Round 1 of 3

Zuluzinho
9-3-1 5-2-0

Pride 34: Kamikaze
Main Card | Super Heavyweight

2007.04.08
Weigh-In: 408.0 lbs (185.1 kgs) | Referee: Moritaka Oshiro
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
Cancelled Bout Mark Hunt Pride 32 2006.10.21
Reason: Ruled Uncompetitive By NSAC
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:29 Round 1 of 3

Sean O'Haire
6-2-1 2-1-0

Pride 32: The Real Deal
Main Card | Super Heavyweight

2006.10.21
Disclosed Pay: $30,000 Base | Weigh-In: 398.0 lbs (180.5 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Loss | Submission | Armlock
4:25 Round 1 of 2

Ikuhisa Minowa
6-1-1 34-24-8

Pride Bushido 12: Bushido Survival 2nd Round
Main Card | Super Heavyweight

2006.08.26
Referee: Yuji Shimada
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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