Things got a little strange after Peterson’s last fight, the 31-year-old featherweight told The AllStar. After that victory against Chase Hooper, Peterson promptly called out Nate Landwehr, in turn prompting a call out from Erosa to fight him.
“I guess Erosa was like, ‘well I beat Landwehr so I should fight him.’ He went into my message requests and after the fight, I have freaking hundreds of them,” Peterson said. “I don’t even go through most of them. So I took notice when he started commenting on my stuff. He’s been talking shit for some time.”
“The main mental approach is the fact that I dislike or I don’t care for my opponent this time,” he said. “Normally, I’m indifferent about my opponent. I have more in common with my opponent than I do with most of the people I hang out with, you know, my good friends. We have the same goals in common. We’re chasing the same dream.
“So I generally have a lot of respect for my opponents but Julian Erosa I just feel like…he’s a weirdo.”
In spite of that, Peterson has been studying his opponent’s game carefully ahead of their UFC Fight Night clash on Feb. 5.
“He’s good. He’s long. He’s tall for the weight class. 26-9, that’s a lot of wins,” Peterson said. “Comparing my record, I’m 19-9. I feel like I fought a higher level of competition early on in my career but he’s also fought a high level of competition when he got to the UFC earlier in his career and he had some setbacks.
“He definitely has a lot of really good tools and attributes about him so it makes for a really interesting fight getting in there.”
What then is Peterson’s prediction for the fight?
“Julian Erosa is going to sleep February 5th,” he said. “No doubt about it.”
Steven “Ocho” Peterson is a 31 year old male fighter from United States with 19 pro wins and 9 losses. Peterson is scheduled to fight Julian Erosa at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Strickland on Saturday February 5, 2022.
Peterson’s recent form coming into this matchup
Peterson has gone 3-2 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Win vs Chase Hooper • Decision R3 5:00 • 2021-06-12
- Win vs Martín Bravo • KO/TKO R2 1:31 • 2019-09-21
- Loss vs Alex Caceres • Decision R3 5:00 • 2019-07-20
- Loss vs Luis Pena • Decision R3 5:00 • 2019-03-23
- Win vs Matt Bessette • Decision R3 5:00 • 2018-07-06
Peterson’s next opponent: Julian “Juicy J” Erosa
Julian “Juicy J” Erosa’s recent form coming into this matchup
Erosa is a 32 year old male fighter from United States with 26 pro wins and 9 losses. Erosa is scheduled to fight Steven Peterson at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Strickland on Saturday February 5, 2022.
Erosa has gone 4-1 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- 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
- Win vs A.J. Bryant • Submission R1 4:31 • 2020-02-22
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