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Erik Koch

Erik "New Breed" Koch

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  • Name: Erik Koch
  • MMA Record: 15-6-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: New Breed
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 29 | Date of Birth: 1988.10.04
  • Last Fight: January 27, 2018 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Hybrid Faction
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm) | Reach: 71.5" (182cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $224,000 USD
  • Born: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
  • Fighting out of: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Erik Koch MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Bobby Green
15-5-0 23-8-1

Us UFC on FOX 27: Jacare vs. Brunson 2
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2018.01.27
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#8 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2018
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Clay Guida
15-4-0 32-17-0

Us UFC Fight Night 112: Chiesa vs. Lee
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2017.06.25
Odds: -340 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
Cancelled Bout Tony Martin UFC UFN 103 2017.01.15
Reason: Koch Injury
Cancelled Bout Drew Dober UFC 203 2016.09.10
Reason: Koch Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
3:02 Round 2 of 3, 8:02 Total

Ca Shane Campbell
14-4-0 10-4-0

Us UFC Fight Night 88: Almeida vs. Garbrandt
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.05.29
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $42,000 ($21K Base, $21K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Chris Tognoni
Cancelled Bout Joe Proctor UFC UFN 88 2016.05.29
Reason: Proctor Injury
Cancelled Bout Drew Dober UFC 195 2016.01.02
Reason: Koch Injury
Cancelled Bout Ramsey Nijem UFC on FOX 16 2015.07.25
Reason: Koch Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:21 Round 1 of 3

Us Daron Cruickshank
14-3-0 14-4-0

Us UFC Fight Night 40: Brown vs. Silva
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.05.10
Odds: -340 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $18,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Gary Copeland
#39 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:24 Round 1 of 3

Br Rafaello Oliveira
13-3-0 16-7-0

Us UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.02.22
Odds: -500 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Dustin Poirier
13-2-0 13-3-0

Us UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis 2
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2013.08.31
Odds: -210 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $15,000 Base | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Rob Hinds | Walkout Music: Scooter - Fire
#44 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:32 Round 2 of 3, 7:32 Total

Us Ricardo Lamas
13-1-0 12-2-0

Us UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2013.01.26
Odds: -230 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#23 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
Cancelled Bout Ricardo Lamas UFC 155 2012.12.29
Reason: Bout Rescheduled
Cancelled Bout José Aldo UFC 153 2012.10.13
Reason: Koch Injury
Cancelled Bout José Aldo UFC 149 2012.07.21
Reason: Aldo Injury
Cancelled Bout Dustin Poirier UFC 143 2012.02.04
Reason: Koch Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Jonathan Brookins
12-1-0 12-3-0

Us UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2011.09.17
Odds: -215 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Myron Gaudet
Cancelled Bout Cub Swanson UFC 132 2011.07.02
Reason: Swanson Facial Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
2:32 Round 1 of 3

Br Raphael Assunção
11-1-0 16-3-0

Us UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2011.03.19
Odds: -165 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
#33 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
UFC 128 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Cub Swanson UFC on Versus 3 2011.03.03
Reason: Swanson Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:36 Round 1 of 3

Us Francisco Rivera Jr.
10-1-0 5-0-0

Us WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2010.11.11
Odds: -475 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $18,000 ($4K Base, $4K Bonus, $10K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#46 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
WEC 52 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Josh Grispi WEC 52 2010.11.11
Reason: Grispi To Title Fight
Win | Submission | Choke
3:01 Round 1 of 3

Fr Bendy Casimir
9-1-0 19-6-2

Ca WEC 49: Varner vs Shalorus
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2010.06.20
Odds: -245 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 145.5 lbs (66.0 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Chad Mendes
9-0-0 5-0-0

Us WEC 47: Bowles vs Cruz
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2010.03.06
Odds: +243 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $3,000 Base | Weigh-In: 144.0 lbs (65.3 kgs) | Referee: Greg Franklin
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Jameel Massouh
8-0-0 21-6-0

Us WEC 45: Cerrone vs Ratcliff
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2009.12.19
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $4,000 ($2K Base, $2K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Will Shutt

Us Midwest Cage Championship

2009.04.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Tom Ahrens

Us Midwest Cage Championship

2009.04.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Joe Pearson

Us Iowa Regional

2008.04.05
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Eric Wisely

Us Iowa Regional

2007.10.20
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us T.J. O'Brien

Us Iowa Regional

2007.07.14
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Tyler Combs

Us Xtreme Fighting Organization

2007.06.02
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Micah Washington

Us Iowa Regional

2007.02.10
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Prentiss Wolf

Us Iowa Regional

2007.01.06
Amateur Results Opponent Event Date
Win

Billy Armstrong

Us Minnesota Regional

2006.10.05
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Adam Mohr

Us Extreme Challenge

2006.07.22

Erik Koch Wiki Update Wiki

Erik Koch is an American lightweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and trains out of Roufusport Academy in Milwaukee, WI. He has previously fought for Mainstream MMA, Midwest Cage Championships, and World Extreme Cagefighting. He holds notable wins over Eric Wisely, Joe Pearson, TJ O'Brien, Francisco Rivera, Raphael Assuncao, Rafaello Oliveira, and Jonathan Brookins. His older brother, Keoni Koch, is also a professional MMA fighter. Of his fourteen professional wins, eleven have been finishes including seven submissions. He has won the WEC "Knockout of the Night" bonus one time and the UFC "Knockout of the Night" bonus one time.


Koch began taking Tae Kwon Do classes at the age of four and started practicing grappling and MMA striking before the age of fourteen with his brother, Keoni Koch. He would drop out of high school to pursue his goals as an MMA fighter. In 2006, he debuted as an amateur and would go 2-0 in three months. He would debut professionally the following year. Over thirteen months, he was able to compile a perfect 8-0 record including wins over future UFC fighters Eric Wiseky and TJ O'Brien while also picking up the Mainstream MMA Lightweight championship by triangle choke over journeyman, Joe Pearson. Koch also won the Midwest Cage Championship Featherweight Tournament which was a four man, one night tournament.

Erik then made his debut for the WEC by winning a unanimous decision before being handed his first loss by Chad Mendes. He would notch two more wins for the promotion including a knockout of Francisco Rivera which earned him "Knockout of the Night" honors.


In early 2011, Koch would be brough to the UFC when the WEC ceased operations. In his first fight with the promotion, he would receive another "Knockout of the Night" bonus when he finished Raphael Assuncao in the first round at UFC 128. His next win would be a decision victory over Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins. Koch was set to take on Dustin Poirer at UFC 143, but an injury sidelined him. He was also lined up to fight Jose Aldo for the title, but the fight was rescheduled after Aldo was hurt but then Koch himself was injured and the bout was cancelled. He would next take a fight with Ricardo Lamas which was supposed to occur at UFC 155, however, the fight was moved to the UFC on FOX 6 card. He would lose the fight via second round TKO, giving Koch his first UFC loss and snapping a four fight winning streak. He would lose consecutive fights for the first time in his career when he was defeated by Dustin Poirier at UFC 164. He was almost able to finish the fight with a triangle choke attempt in the first round but ended up losing the fight by decision.


In early 2014, Erik decided to move back up to lightweight, a division he had not competed in since 2008. He took on Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 170 and was quickly able to put his opponent away with strikes in the first round.

Last updated 02.22.2014, 8:04 PM ET
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