Tipped to face José Aldo, Erik Koch is no slouch in Jiu-Jitsu

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O carequinha americano Erik Koch durante pesagem do UFC, diante de Junior Assunção.

Erik Koch facing Junior Assunção during UFC weigh-ins

A possible candidate to face José Aldo at the next UFC in Brazil, on June 23 in the state of Minas Gerais, Erik Koch counts Jiu-Jitsu as one of his main weapons—seven of his 13 career wins have come by way of submission.

Erik has been on a roll, firing off four-straight wins, and he explained the reason for his success on the FightCove.com website. “After I lost to Chad Mendes, I realized I had to make some changes, and now I’m seeing some success,” he humbly puts it.


The 23-year-old has something else in common with Aldo besides Jiu-Jitsu: he has lost but once in his career, to Chad in 2010. That was the year he moved to Milwaukee to train with Duke Roufus. “That was a good thing, and it made me mature as a fighter,” he adds.

There’s a good chance the fight at Mineirinho Gymnasium in Belo Horizonte will go through, with the marquee bout having Wanderlei Silva looking to even the score with Vitor Belfort, not to mention the TUF Brazil reality show finals. José Aldo’s coming on board will be Dana White’s compensation following Anderson Silva versus Chael Sonnen migrating to Las Vegas, which added some beef to the card for the event on July 4, American Independence Day.

Check out José Aldo’s potential opponent in the video below, where he shows a simple way to get a choke finish. To boot, you get to see Urijah Faber teaching takedowns.


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