MMA Junkie Reports:
– 11-1-0 MMA/ UFC Debut
– 2 Fight Win Streak
– Notable Wins: Jameel Massouh, Fransico Rivera, Bendy Casimir
– 16-3-0 MMA/ UFC Debut
– Loss 2 of last 3 Fights
– Notable Wins: Yves Jabouin, LC Davis, Joe Lauzon
Erik Koch and Raphael Assuncao’s previously scheduled opponents both suffered injuries while training which forced them off their respected cards. UFC officials then decided to pair the two against each other at UFC 128. The event takes place on March 19th at the Prudential Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. A light heavyweight title fight between Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Jon Jones serves as the main event for the evening.
Erik Koch has grown into one of the top prospects in the UFC featherweight division over the last year. He made his WEC debut back in December of 2009, earning a unanimous decision against seasoned veteran Jameel Massouh. Koch then dropped a hard fought decision against title contender Chad Mendes at WEC 47. Since the loss to Mendes, Koch has put together back-to-back first round stoppage victories over Bendy Casimir and Francisco Rivera.
Since starting 2-0 in the WEC, Raphael Assuncao lost two consecutive fights in a row to former champion Urijah Faber and current title contender Diego Nunes, He got back on the plus side in November of last year, defeating LC Davis by unanimous decision at WEC 52.