Julian Erosa isn’t any stranger to the ups and downs which can be half and parcel of the struggle sport.
The 33-year-old has been preventing professionally for north of a decade in a profession that’s seen him progress from the regional circuit to the Final Fighter and into the UFC in 2015; solely to be launched after a painstaking loss at UFC 196 in simply his second struggle below the promotion a 12 months later.
The savvy veteran returned to the regional promotions and inside a number of years clawed his means again into the massive leagues by way of grit and dedication. Now, with 4 victories in his final 5 fights, Erosa feels his total profession has been constructing in direction of redemption with a win over Hakeem Dawodu at UFC 279 – the primary numbered card he could have competed on in six years.
“The final time that I fought on a pay-per-view within the UFC was once I fought [Teruto] Ishihara in my second UFC struggle,” Erosa instructed The AllStar. “And I ended up shedding that struggle – so I really feel like this might be a narrative of redemption.”
Oddly sufficient, the cardboard Erosa references as his final PPV occasion was headlined by none aside from Nate Diaz, when he shocked the world and submitted Conor McGregor at UFC 196. It could merely be a coincidence that the Stockton native is pulling most important occasion duties as a heavy underdog as soon as once more, however ‘Juicy J’ feels he gained’t be the one fighter to beat the chances on October 10.
“Final time I fought on a PPV like this it was Diaz who shocked the world and beat McGregor – so possibly he’ll do it once more.”
Although poetic because it all may sound, redemption shouldn’t be a given for Erosa – he’ll face a tricky out in Dawodu; a eager striker with over half of his wins coming through knockout.
Erosa understands the hazard his opponent presents, however says it’s his willingness to take dangers and make the struggle ugly that offers him an edge.
“I feel he’s a superb striker, I feel he’s received some good energy, however I’ve seen he looks like a man that’s prepared to be okay with successful form of a boring determination on the ft. Like tit for tat. Not likely get tremendous down and soiled like I did with [Steven] Peterson. Me and Peterson or Nate Landwehr – us form of guys are prepared to threat getting knocked out and make it a bit bit soiled in there.
“I feel Hakeem is nice when he can hold it clear, and be a clear striker. However I may be as soiled because it comes.”
The Xtreme Couture product referenced a phrase his coach is keen on that he believes related for the looming bout: ‘Typically a struggle breaks out in an MMA match.’
“And that’s so true,” he added.
“So many guys attempt to be clear and simply work their gameplan 100%, however each every so often a struggle’s gonna get away, and also you wanna be the man that has that have; and for me, I feel that if it presumably occurs, that might be my benefit – being prepared and in a position to have an all-out scrap with anyone who’s a bit extra technically clear and make him need to suppose, and frustrate him a bit greater than he’s used to.”
Julian “Juicy J” Erosa is a 33-year-old male fighter from the USA with 27 professional wins and 9 losses. Erosa is scheduled to struggle Hakeem Dawodu at UFC 279: Chimaev vs. Diaz on Saturday, September 10, 2022.
Julian Erosa’s current kind coming into this matchup
Julian Erosa has gone 4-1 within the final 5 skilled MMA fights.
- Win vs Steven Peterson • Determination R3 5:00 • 2022-02-05
- Win vs Charles Jourdain • Submission R3 2:56 • 2021-09-04
- Loss vs Seung Woo Choi • KO/TKO R1 1:37 • 2021-06-19
- Win vs Nate Landwehr • KO/TKO R1 0:56 • 2021-02-20
- Win vs Sean Woodson • Submission R3 2:44 • 2020-06-27
Julian Erosa’s subsequent opponent: “Imply” Hakeem Dawodu
“Imply” Hakeem Dawodu’s current kind coming into this matchup
“Imply” Hakeem Dawodu is a 31-year-old male fighter from Canada with 13 professional wins and a couple of losses. Dawodu is scheduled to struggle Julian Erosa at UFC 279: Chimaev vs. Diaz on Saturday, September 10, 2022.
Hakeem Dawodu has gone 4-1 within the final 5 skilled MMA fights.
- Win vs Mike Trizano • Determination R3 5:00 • 2022-02-05
- Loss vs Movsar Evloev • Determination R3 5:00 • 2021-06-12
- Win vs Zubaira Tukhugov • Determination R3 5:00 • 2020-09-26
- Win vs Julio Arce • Determination R3 5:00 • 2019-11-02
- Win vs Yoshinori Horie • KO/TKO R3 4:05 • 2019-07-27
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