Erik Jon Koch (born October 4, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist who competed in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2007, he formerly competed for the WEC.
|Born||October 4, 1988|
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
|Other names||New Breed, Phoenix|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||71+1⁄2 in (182 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
Black belt in Taekwondo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Koch was enrolled in Tae Kwon Do classes at the age of four, and reached his black belt by the age of ten, 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) to pursue a professional career in mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
After compiling a 2–0 amateur record, 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 CagefightingEdit
Koch was scheduled to fight Wagnney Fabiano at WEC 43 on September 2, 2009, but was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an undisclosed injury while training. Koch was replaced by WEC newcomer Mackens Semerzier. Now Koch made his WEC debut against Jameel Massouh on December 19 for WEC 45. Koch defeated Massouh via unanimous decision.
Koch was expected to face Josh Grispi on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52. However, due to the UFC/WEC merger, the fight was scratched as Grispi was awarded a title fight with current WEC Featherweight Champion José Aldo to determine the inaugural UFC Featherweight Champion. Koch defeated promotional newcomer Francisco Rivera via first-round TKO, earning Knockout of the Night honors.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Koch was expected to face Dustin Poirier on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143. However, Koch pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Ricardo Lamas, who was then replaced by Max Holloway due to injury as well.
Koch was expected to face José Aldo on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153 for the UFC Featherweight Championship. However, Koch was forced out of the bout with another injury and replaced by Frankie Edgar.
Koch was expected to face Joe Proctor on May 29, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 88. However, Proctor pulled out of the fight on April 21 citing injury and was replaced by Shane Campbell. Koch won the fight via submission in the second round.
A rescheduled bout with Drew Dober was expected to take place on September 10, 2016 at UFC 203. However on August 11, Koch pulled out again due to injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Jason Gonzalez.
Koch was scheduled to face promotional newcomer Dwight Grant in a welterweight bout on December 15, 2018 at UFC on Fox 31. However, Koch was removed from the card on November 28 for undisclosed reasons and replaced by Zak Ottow.
On December 23, 2020, it was reported that Koch was released by the UFC.
Koch was suspended by USADA for 18 months for testing positive for 3'-hydroxy-stanozolol, a metabolite of stanozolol, as the result of a urine sample collected on October 3, 2020. He is eligible to return on April 3, 2022. 
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||16 wins||6 losses|
|Win||16–6||Kyle Stewart||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 240||July 27, 2019||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Welterweight debut.|
|Loss||15–6||Bobby Green||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2||January 27, 2018||3||5:00||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Loss||15–5||Clay Guida||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee||June 25, 2017||3||5:00||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|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||Won the MCC 20 Featherweight Tournament.|
|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|
- "UFC 170 Weigh-In Results: Ronda Rousey, Sara McMann Hit Marks for Main Event".
- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Brown vs. Silva". UFC.com. Archived from the original on May 10, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
- Michael Drahota (May 11, 2014). "UFC Fight Night 40 results recap: Daron Cruickshank vs Erik Koch fight review and analysis". MMAmania.com.
- http://boxing.nv.gov/2010%20Results%20Web/11-11-10%20MMA.pdf[permanent dead link]
- "UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. November 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
- "New Blood". FIGHT! Magazine. February 2011. Archived from the original on 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
- "Koch fights to be the best".
- "Koch's Smorgasbord". Sherdog.com. March 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-17.
- "Erik Koch ("The Phoenix") | MMA Fighter Page".
- "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson on October 10 in San Antonio, Texas". MMAFrenzy.com. 2009-01-02. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. Retrieved 2009-08-29.
- nwi.com (2009-09-29). "Torres-trained Semerzier steps up, will make WEC debut". nwi.com. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
- John Morgan. "WEC newcomer Zach Micklewright meets Muhsin Corbbrey at WEC 45 in Las Vegas".
- "Erik Koch vs. Chad Mendes targeted for WEC 47 prelims in March". 2010-01-26.
- "Featherweights Erik Koch and Bendy Casimir meet on WEC 49 prelims in June". mmajunkie.com. 2010-05-03. Archived from the original on 2010-05-05.
- "Josh Grispi vs. Erik Koch targeted for WEC 52 in November". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-09-16.
- "Erik Koch to Stay on WEC 52 Card, Face Newcomer Francisco Rivera". mmafighting.com. 2010-11-03.
- "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-10-31.
- "WEC vets Eric Koch vs. Cub Swanson targeted for UFC on Versus 3". mmajunkie.com. January 10, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-01-11.
- "Cub Swanson out at UFC on Versus 3, Erik Koch awaits new opponent". mmajunkie.com. February 24, 2011. Archived from the original on February 26, 2011.
- "Erik Koch vs. Raphael Assuncao In The Works for UFC 128 in New Jersey". mmaweekly.com. February 26, 2011.
- "Erik Koch vs. Cub Swanson rebooked for July's UFC 132 event in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. 2011-04-06. Archived from the original on 2011-04-08.
- "Training injury forces Cub Swanson out of UFC 132, Erik Koch awaits new foe". majukie.com. June 2, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-06-05.
- "Jonathan Brookins vs. Erik Koch slated for UFC Fight Night 25 "Bayou" event". mmajunkie.com. 2011-06-11. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15.
- "Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier added to February's UFC 143 event". mmajunkie.com. 2011-11-15. Archived from the original on 2011-11-17.
- "Replacement Ricardo Lamas meets Dustin Poirier at UFC 143 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. December 21, 2011. Archived from the original on February 11, 2012.
- "Champ Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch title fight headlines UFC 149 in Calgary". mmajunkie.com. April 28, 2012. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- Whitman, Mike (June 9, 2012). "Jose Aldo-Erik Koch Title Bout Postponed; Urijah Faber-Renan Barao to Headline UFC 149". sherdog.com. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
- "José Aldo vs. Erik Koch slated for UFC 153 in Brazil event". tatame.com.br. 2012-07-19. Archived from the original on 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2012-07-28.
- "Frankie Edgar replaces Erik Koch, meets champ Jose Aldo at UFC 153". mmajunkie.com. August 31, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
- "Erik Koch vs. Ricardo Lamas featherweight tilt shifts to UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago". mmajunkie.com. November 7, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
- Jeff Cain (2013-05-23). "Dustin Poirier vs. Erik Koch Has Been Added to the UFC 164 Fight Card in Milwaukee". mmaweekley.com. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
- Dann Stupp (2014-01-04). "Erik Koch vs. Rafaello Oliveira booked for UFC 170 in Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
- Staff (2014-02-27). "Erik Koch vs. Daron Cruickshank joins UFC Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
- 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.
- Damon Martin (2015-04-22). "Ramsey Nijem meets Erik Koch at FOX UFC Fight Night in Chicago". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-04-22.
- Staff (2015-06-29). "Andrew Holbrook in for Erik Koch against Ramsey Nijem at UFC on FOX 16". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-29.
- Staff (2015-09-15). "Lightweights Drew Dober vs. Erik Koch added to UFC 195 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
- Staff (2015-12-04). "Scott Holtzman replaces Erik Koch at UFC 195". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-04.
- Mike Bohn and Matt Erickson (2016-03-19). "UFC Fight Night 88 gets 8 new fights". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
- Staff (2016-04-21). "Shane Campbell replaces Joe Proctor, meets Erik Koch at UFC Fight 88". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
- Steven Marrocco (2016-05-29). "UFC Fight Night 88 results: After layoff in excess of 2 years, Erik Koch chokes out Shane Campbell". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
- Danny Segura (2016-06-29). "Erik Koch vs. Drew Dober added to UFC 203". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
- Staff (2016-08-11). "Erik Koch out, Drew Dober draws newcomer Jason Gonzalez at UFC 203". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
- Fox Sports Arizona Staff (2016-11-07). "Welterweights, lightweights added to Phoenix UFC card". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
- Staff (2016-12-12). "Alex White steps in for Erik Koch against Tony Martin at UFC Fight Night 103". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
- Danny Segura (2017-03-29). "Clay Guida vs. Erik Koch added to UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
- "UFC Fight Night 112 results: Clay Guida's mat pressure too much for Erik Koch". MMAjunkie. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
- "UFC adds 3 bouts to stacked Fight Night Charlotte card; tickets go on sale Friday". charlotteobserver. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
- "UFC on FOX 27 results: Bobby Green tops Erik Koch, wins for first time in more than three years". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-28. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
- Ben Steele (2018-08-27). "Erik Koch part of UFC undercard bout Dec. 15 at Fiserv Forum". jsonline.com. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- Bryant Jenkins (2018-11-28). "Erik Koch out; Zak Ottow now faces Dwight Grant". themmatakeover.com. Archived from the original on 2018-11-29. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
- Marcel Dorff (2019-05-16). "Welterweights Erik Koch and Kyle Stewart meet during UFC 240 in Edmonton" (in Dutch). mmadnanl.com. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
- Fortune, Ryan (2019-07-27). "UFC 240 Results: Erik Koch Grinds Out Kyle Stewart". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
- Damon Martin (December 23, 2020). "Lightweight and featherweight veteran Erik Koch no longer on UFC roster". mmafighting.com.
- "Erik Koch accepts 18-month sanction for violating UFC Anti-Doping policy". MMA Junkie. 2021-06-16. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
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