Found May 09, 2012 on

UFC Erik Koch

Do you remember how happy Charlie was when he cracked open that Wonka Bar and discovered he had won the last Golden Ticket? And of course, who could forget about his classic celebration with Grandpa Joe?

Well, that’s pretty much how featherweight Erik Koch (Pictured) reacted when he hung up the phone after UFC brass notified him that he’d challenge champ Jose Aldo for the title on July 21st – sans the song and dance, of course.

“First of all, when I found out I got the fight – I mean, I’ve been trying to get a fight for the title, this is my dream – and when I got the call I literally went into my living room, got down to my knees and just screamed at the top of my lungs,” Koch shared during Wednesday’s press conference.

“This is 23 years in the making. I’ve been doing this since I was a little kid. Just to be here and to get a chance, especially against such a dominant champion. So I’m just really excited.”

Koch outpointed Jonathan Brookins in September for a unanimous decision victory to collect his fourth consecutive win. He was scheduled to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 143, but withdrew due to injury and has been on the mend ever since.

The promising 23-year-old looks to cash in his golden ticket for some UFC bling-bling inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Press Conference Video To Announce UFC 149 Aldo vs. Koch

UFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright leads the press conference to officially kick-off the promotion of UFC 149. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo will put his title on the line against number one contender Erik Koch in the main event of the card. UFC 149 takes place on July 21st from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This will mark the first of three...

‘UFC 149: Aldo vs. Koch’ Tickets on Sale Today

“UFC 149: Aldo vs. Koch” takes place July 21st inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase seats for the show today at 12PM ET/9AM PT. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC Newsletter subscribers on Thursday, May 10th at 12PM ET/9AM PT. Psst, the top secret password is “CALGARY...

'UFC 149: Aldo vs. Koch' ticket on-sale presser video

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‘UFC 149: Aldo vs. Koch’ Fight Card Updated

With tickets for “UFC 149: Aldo vs. Koch” set to go on sale tomorrow, wouldn’t you like to know who is expected to be competing in the July 21st event? Ten fights have been reported for the roster thus far. The organization will likely add at least one more preliminary bout to round out the lineup. Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada hosts the festivities. A...

‘UFC 149: Aldo vs. Koch’ Live Press Conference Video

To help promote their debut in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the planet’s most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion is hosting a special “UFC 149: Aldo vs. Koch” kickoff press conference today in Bret “The Hitman” Hart’s homeland. Stream today’s presser live right here on starting at 12PM ET/9AM PT. The festivities take place at Shaw Court in Calgary,...
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