Julian Erosa

Julian Ricardo Dulican Erosa (born July 31, 1989)[6] is an American mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Erosa is also a former CageSport Featherweight and Lightweight Champion.[7]

Julian Erosa
BornJulian Ricardo Dulican Erosa
(1989-07-31) July 31, 1989 (age 33)
Seattle, Washington[1] United States
Other namesJuicy J
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
DivisionFeatherweight
Lightweight
Reach74.5 in (189 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofYakima, Washington
TeamYakima MMA (2008–2017)[4]
Xtreme Couture (2017–present)[5]
10th Planet Las Vegas (2017–present)[5]
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total37
Wins28
By knockout11
By submission12
By decision5
Losses9
By knockout5
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

The son of Ricardo and Debbie Erosa, Julian was born in Seattle, Washington but moved to Yakima growing up.[1][8] Julian has a younger brother, Ricky. Growing up Julian was an avid skateboarder and snowboarder.[5] During his skateboarding years, he frequently got into fights and eventually drifted into mixed martial arts in his late teens.[5] He graduated from Eisenhower High School and followed his mother's footsteps by studying accounting for a couple of years in Central Washington University before dropping out.[9][10]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

After going 10–0 as an amateur, Erosa began his professional mixed martial arts career in 2010.[11] He fought primarily in the Pacific Northwest region, mostly in the CageSport promotion. After racking up 7–0 record, he faced Ryan Mulvihill in a rematch for the vacant CageSport Featherweight Championship at CageSport 19 on April 28, 2012.[7] He won the title but was not able to defend it in a match against Drew Brokenshire at CageSport 22 on December 1, 2012.[12]

After losing the title, Erosa went 3–1 before receiving a title shot for the vacant CageSport (in a prevailing collaboration with Super Fight League) Lightweight Championship. He faced Harrison Bevens at SFL America 2 on December 13, 2014 and claimed the title via knockout. Subsequently, he was pitted against Drew Brokenshire in a rematch for the vacant CageSport Featherweight Championship at SFL America 3 on February 21, 2015. He avenged the previous loss and became simultaneous two-division champion via third-round submission.[13]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

Erosa was then picked to be a part of The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber, in which he advanced from the preliminary fights by defeating Jason Soares via unanimous decision.[14]

In the elimination round, Erosa faced Mehdi Baghdad. Erosa won the fight via majority decision, advancing into quarter-finals where he took on Abner Lloveras. Erosa advanced to the semi-finals via a split decision victory.[15]

In the semi-finals Erosa met the season's would-be runner-up Artem Lobov. He was eliminated from the tournament via first-round knockout loss.[16]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Despite being eliminated from the tournament, Erosa signed a contract with the UFC and made his promotional debut against fellow The Ultimate Fighter alumni Marcin Wrzosek at The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale on December 11, 2015. Erosa won the fight via split decision.[17]

He would then face Teruto Ishihara at UFC 196 on March 5, 2016. Erosa lost the fight via second-round knockout and was subsequently released from the promotion.[18]

Return to Cagesport and Other OrganizationsEdit

After his release from the UFC, went on to fight at a variety of organizations, including Prime Fighting, where he would win the Featherweight title with a TKO win over Austin Springer, as well as losing to Paddy Pimblett in the Cage Warriors Featherweight title fight, in a highly controversial unanimous decision.[19][20] He would then return to Cage Sports, where he would win back the Lightweight title and defend it again against Justin Harrington,[21] before losing it in a TKO loss to Bobby McIntyre.[22] He would have a one fight stint GKO, winning his only fight by TKO, before returning to Cagesports and winning back the Lightweight title against Bryan Nuro, in a unanimous decision.[23] He would fight on Dana White's Contender Series 11, and although he won the fight against Jamall Emmers by knockout, he was not offered a UFC contract.[24]

Return to UFCEdit

Although he did not earn a direct contract after his DWCS fight, Erosa was signed to fight against fellow DWCS alumni Devonte Smith at UFC Fight Night: The Korean Zombie vs. Rodríguez.[25] He lost the fight via knockout in round one.[26]

Erosa faced Grant Dawson on March 9, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos.[27] He lost the fight via unanimous decision and was briefly released from the promotion.[28]

Erosa was offered a quick return to face Julio Arce on May 18, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 151, despite being released from the promotion after the previous loss.[1][29] He lost the fight via knockout in the third round and was released once again.[30][31]

After the release, Erosa picked up one win in his native CageSport and was brought back as a late replacement for Kyle Nelson, who had visa issues, against Sean Woodson at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker.[32] He won the fight via D'arce choke in the third round.[31] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[33]

Erosa faced Nate Landwehr on February 20, 2021 at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis.[34] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[35]

Erosa faced Seung Woo Choi on June 19, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 25.[36] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[37]

Erosa replaced Lerone Murphy on short notice against Charles Jourdain on September 4, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 191.[38][39] He won the fight via a submission in round three.[40]

Erosa faced Steven Peterson on February 5, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 200.[41] At the weigh-ins, Peterson weighed in at 149 pounds, three pounds over the featherweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at catchweight and Peterson was fined 30% of his purse, which will go to his opponent.[42] Erosa won the fight via split decision.[43] 13 out of 18 media scores gave it to Erosa.[44] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award and also Peterson's bonus due to his weight miss.[45]

Erosa faced Hakeem Dawodu on September 10, 2022 at UFC 279.[46] At the weigh-ins, Dawodu weighed in at 149.5 pounds, 3.5 pounds over the non-title featherweight limit. Dawodu was fined 30% of his purse, which will go to his opponent Erosa.[47] Erosa won the fight via unanimous decision.[48]

Personal lifeEdit

Erosa has been married to Alaina Evans since mid-2016.[49] He is non-religious.[5]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

  • CageSport
    • CageSport Featherweight Champion (two times)
    • CageSport Lightweight Champion (three times)[21][23]
      • One title defense (second reign)
  • Prime Fighting
    • Prime Fighting Featherweight Champion (one time)
  • MMAjunkie.com

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
37 matches 28 wins 9 losses
By knockout 11 5
By submission 12 0
By decision 5 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 28–9 Hakeem Dawodu Decision (unanimous) UFC 279 September 10, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (149.5 lb) bout; Dawodu missed weight.
Win 27–9 Steven Peterson Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Strickland February 5, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (149 lb) bout; Peterson missed weight. Fight of the Night.
Win 26–9 Charles Jourdain Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till September 4, 2021 3 2:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (150 lb) bout.
Loss 25–9 Seung Woo Choi TKO (punches) UFC on ESPN: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige June 19, 2021 1 1:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 25–8 Nate Landwehr TKO (flying knee) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis February 20, 2021 1 0:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 24–8 Sean Woodson Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker June 27, 2020 3 2:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (150 lb) bout. Performance of the Night.
Win 23–8 AJ Bryant Submission (bulldog choke) CageSport 60 February 22, 2020 1 4:43 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Loss 22–8 Julio Arce KO (head kick) UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Lee May 18, 2019 3 1:49 Rochester, New York, United States
Loss 22–7 Grant Dawson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos March 9, 2019 3 5:00 Wichita, Kansas, United States Return to Featherweight.
Loss 22–6 Devonte Smith KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: The Korean Zombie vs. Rodríguez November 10, 2018 1 0:46 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 22–5 Jamall Emmers KO (head kick and punches) Dana White's Contender Series 11 June 26, 2018 2 1:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Featherweight bout.
Win 21–5 Bryan Nuro Decision (unanimous) CageSport 48 December 16, 2017 5 5:00 Tacoma, Washington, United States Won the CageSport Lightweight Championship.
Win 20–5 Erick Sánchez TKO (punches) Global Knockout 11 November 4, 2017 3 4:32 Jackson, California, United States Featherweight bout.
Loss 19–5 Bobby McIntyre TKO (punches) CageSport 46 July 15, 2017 1 3:58 Tacoma, Washington, United States Lost the CageSport Lightweight Championship.
Win 19–4 Justin Harrington KO (knees and punches) CageSport 45 April 22, 2017 1 4:09 Tacoma, Washington, United States Defended the CageSport Lightweight Championship.
Win 18–4 Justin Harrington Submission (triangle choke) CageSport 44 February 25, 2017 1 2:23 Tacoma, Washington, United States Won the CageSport Lightweight Championship.
Loss 17–4 Paddy Pimblett Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors: Unplugged November 12, 2016 5 5:00 London, England For the Cage Warriors Featherweight Championship.
Win 17–3 Austin Springer TKO (punches) Prime Fighting 8: Springer vs. Erosa October 8, 2016 2 3:15 Ridgefield, Washington, United States Won the Prime Fighting Featherweight Championship.
Win 16–3 Daniel Swain TKO (doctor stoppage) KOTC: Battle Zone May 19, 2016 2 5:00 Worley, Idaho, United States Catchweight (150 lb) bout.
Loss 15–3 Teruto Ishihara KO (punches) UFC 196 March 5, 2016 2 0:34 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–2 Marcin Wrzosek Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale December 11, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lightweight bout.
Win 14–2 Drew Brokenshire Submission (brabo choke) SFL 37 February 21, 2015 3 4:35 Tacoma, Washington, United States Won the vacant CageSport (SFL USA) Featherweight Championship.
Win 13–2 Harrison Bevens KO (knee) SFL 36 December 13, 2014 2 2:10 Tacoma, Washington, United States Won the vacant CageSport (SFL USA) Lightweight Championship.
Win 12–2 Ryan Mulvihill Submission (triangle choke) KOTC: Seek and Destroy May 22, 2014 2 4:19 Worley, Idaho, United States Return to Lightweight.
Win 11–2 Mike Joy TKO (punches) CageSport 29 February 8, 2014 2 2:28 Tacoma, Washington, United States Catchweight (150 lb) bout.
Loss 10–2 Lee Morrison Decision (unanimous) CageSport 25 July 6, 2013 3 5:00 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 10–1 Jason Gybels Submission (triangle choke) CageSport 24 April 27, 2013 2 3:49 Tacoma, Washington, United States Catchweight (150 lb) bout.
Loss 9–1 Drew Brokenshire Decision (unanimous) CageSport 22 December 1, 2012 5 5:00 Fife, Washington, United States Lost the CageSport Featherweight Championship.
Win 9–0 Jason Gybels KO (punch) CageSport 21 September 29, 2012 1 4:36 Fife, Washington, United States Lightweight bout.
Win 8–0 Ryan Mulvihill Submission (armbar) CageSport 19 April 28, 2012 4 1:48 Tacoma, Washington, United States Featherweight debut. Won the CageSport Featherweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Jerome Jones Submission (armbar) CageSport 18 February 25, 2012 2 4:30 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 6–0 Matt Coble Submission (rear-naked choke) CageSport 17 December 3, 2011 3 3:31 Tacoma, Washington, United States Lightweight bout.
Win 5–0 Ernesto Toscano Decision (unanimous) CageSport 16 October 1, 2011 3 5:00 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 4–0 John Martinez TKO (punches) Lords of the Cage June 10, 2011 3 3:24 Yakima, Washington, United States
Win 3–0 Ryan Mulvihill Submission (brabo choke) CageSport 14 April 23, 2011 2 1:23 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 2–0 Omar Avelar Submission (armbar) CageSport 13 February 19, 2011 2 2:32 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 1–0 Angel Diaz KO (punches) CageSport 12 October 2, 2010 1 2:16 Tacoma, Washington, United States

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Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 3–1 Artem Lobov TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs Team Faber December 9, 2015 1 1:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 22 Semifinal.
Win 3–0 Abner Lloveras Decision (split) December 2, 2015 2 5:00 TUF 22 Quarterfinal.
Win 2–0 Mehdi Baghdad Decision (majority) October 21, 2015 2 5:00 TUF 22 Elimination Round.
Win 1–0 Jason Soares Decision (unanimous) September 9, 2015 2 5:00 TUF 22 preliminary fight.

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See alsoEdit

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