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Yakima, Washington’s Julian Erosa submits Sean Woodson at ‘UFC Vegas 4’ via D’Arce choke

Julian Erosa, Sean Woodson (©UFC)

Julian Erosa, Sean Woodson (©UFC)

Julian “Juicy J” Erosa, 30, of Yakima, Washington, United States proved his finishing skills at “UFC on ESPN 12,” also known as “UFC Vegas 4.” It marked his first victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC Vegas 4” took place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on June 27, 2020. In the fifth bout of the evening, Erosa fought his fellow featherweight athlete Sean “The Sniper” Woodson, 28, of Saint Louis, Missouri, USA at a catch weight of 150lbs.

Keith Peterson served as the referee. He put a stop to the catchweight contest after 2 minutes and 44 seconds in the third round when Erosa submitted Woodson via D’Arce choke.

Winning at “UFC Vegas 4” improved Erosa’s professional MMA record to 24 wins and 8 losses. The Yakima native is now riding a two-bout winning streak.

On the other hand, Woodson now has 7 wins and 1 loss. His original “UFC Vegas 4” opponent was Kyle “The Monster” Nelson, 29, of Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, who did not make it to the competition due to visa issues.


Five countries were represented at “UFC Vegas 4” namely Brazil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the U.S. In the co-main event of the evening, Mike “Platinum” Perry, 28, of Orlando, Florida, USA defeated Mickey Gall, 28, of Green Brook, New Jersey, USA via unanimous decision.

Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, 31, of Coconut Creek, Florida defeated Dan “The Hangman” Hooker, 30, of Auckland, New Zealand in the main event, which was named the Fight of the Night. The Performances of the Night bonuses were given to Erosa and Kay Hansen, 20, of Fullerton, California, who submitted Jinh Yu Frey, 35, of Arlington, Texas, USA.


Born on July 31, 1989, Erosa attended Eisenhower Senior High School in Yakima and Central Washington University in Ellensburgh, Washington. Competing professionally since 2010, he joined the UFC in 2016.

“UFC Vegas 4” marked Erosa’s fifth outing in the UFC. He lost to his first four opponents in the promotion namely Teruto Ishihara, Devonte Smith, Grant Dawson and Julio Arce.

In 2015, Erosa defeated four of his five opponents in “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 22. Here is his “UFC Vegas 4” post-fight interview:

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