Erik Koch is one of the most exciting and dynamic fighters that you have never heard of.  He went 3-1 in the WEC before the merger and is 1-0 in the UFC and 12-1 overall.  Koch’s only loss came via decision to Chad Mendes at WEC 47.  With a record like that, one would think that Koch would be a household name. At UFC Fight Night 25, Koch is going to get his opportunity to become exactly that as he is set to fight Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins on the main card portion of the event.

“Jonathan Brookins is a very tough guy,” Koch told The MMA Corner.  “He is a good wrestler and a good grappler and he hangs in there.  The guy can take a beating and you can never count him out until it is over.  He is a good opponent and he is a good opponent for me to showcase all of my tools.  I am going to go in there and look for the finish; I am a finisher and that is what I do and I think this is a big opportunity being on the main card.”

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Koch is currently riding a three-fight winning streak and is hopeful that his fourth straight win will come on the biggest stage of his career, but he is not letting the hype get to him.  Koch credits his team and his training partners for his current success.

“My team and coaches at Roufusport are excellent,” said Koch.  “Many of the guys have fights coming up, so we are all training together.  Having so many of my teammates training for fights at the same time makes for an excellent camp because we are pushing each other to get better and to be better and this camp has been one of the best for me.  Being able to train with the best fighters in the world certainly helps get me prepared.”

UFC Fight Night 25 is arguably the biggest opportunity of his career, but Koch feels that even though Brookins is a very tough fighter, he is also the perfect opponent for him. Koch feels that he has all the skills and tools required to win this fight.

“I think I am an all-around better fighter,” Koch admitted.  “A lot of people think that if he gets me on the ground, then he has the advantage and I don’t think so at all.  When I say I get to showcase all my skills this is what I am talking about.  I think that even if the fight goes to the ground I will win it there.

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“Striking, obviously everybody knows that I am a striker, I like to strike and stand up and give everybody what they want to see, which is good knockouts, but I am still confident if this fight goes to the mat I will be ready to go there too.  This is a fight that I am looking forward to; I think this is going to be my coming-out party.  Again it is on the main card and everybody is going to get to see it and it should be exciting.”

“For me, a win over Brookins will be huge,” Koch stated. “One of the reasons that I took this fight is because he is the Ultimate Fighter winner and he is a fan favorite and a big name and when I go in there and put my stamp on Jonathan Brookins I think it will help propel me to where I think I deserve to be.  Now I just have to go out there and show it.”

For many of Brookins’ opponents, that has been easier said than done.  He is currently on a seven-fight winning streak and has not lost a fight since 2008 when he was defeated by Jose Aldo.  Koch is up for the challenge.  He has had a great camp and is both physically and mentally prepared for the task at hand.  On paper, this fight has potential to be the Fight of the Night, as two of the most evenly matched fighters in the featherweight division will battle for the opportunity to move one step up the ladder.

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Josh Davis is the owner and President of The MMA Corner, LLC. He has been a fan of mixed martial arts since seeing UFC 1 in his hometown. In addition to his The MMA Corner responsibilities, Josh is the editor of Scrapp! Fight Magazine. Josh has also written for MMA Unleashed and MMA Sports magazines. Josh also manages some of Colorado's best up and coming fighters and is dedicated to the positive promotion of the sport.