It wasn’t the exciting finish that Erik Koch was looking for, but the featherweight contender still came away with a unanimous decision win over former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner Jonathan Brookins on Saturday night.
Coming into the fight, Koch was ranked #6 in the 145lb division by MMAWeekly.com, but he had a tough test from former TUF champion Jonathan Brookins, who believed he had the perfect formula to stimy the striker’s prolific attacks.
Brookins had his moments throughout the fight, but while he managed to get Koch stuck in the clinch several times he just couldn’t get the Milwaukee based fighter to the ground and keep him there.
On the feet, Koch showed off his Duke Roufus trained hands and feet, popping Brookins with a stiff jab and even landing a solid head kick during one part of the bout.
Brookins continuously tried to pull the fight to the ground, but Koch’s superior takedown defense kept him from ever spending any significant time on the canvas.
When the fight stayed standing, Koch was clearly the superior striker, but he just couldn’t get enough time or space to unload one of his signature knockout blows.
Ultimately, the judges sided with Koch’s offense over Brookins’ attempts to get the fight to the ground and he got the nod by unanimous decision.
The win moves Koch even further up the featherweight ladder where he hopes to one day fight for the UFC 145lb title.