Julian Erosa had a name in mind after he picked up his 26th professional win last Saturday.
Since returning to the UFC for the third time, Erosa (26-9) has been on a mission to prove he should have never been released. He is 3-1 when all of his wins coming via stoppage.
On ten days’ notice, Erosa stepped up to face one of Canada’s biggest prospects, Charles Jourdain and ended up submitting him with a D’Arce choke. The sequence was very similar to his submission win over Sean Woodson.
After the fight, he spoke with the media at his post-fight interview. “Juicy J” hopes to get one more fight this year, and he had someone in mind.
“Well, I was trying to get a fight for a while, and I called out that Steven Peterson kid. I posted it on my Instagram, and I even direct messaged him and then posted on his picture ‘check your DMs.’ I was trying to fight him, and I was looking for a fight,” Erosa said. “He called out Nate Landwehr after his fight against Chase Hooper, but Landwehr got booked up in October. So I was thinking, well unless he wants to wait until almost next year to fight, why don’t we fight and then this fight came around, so I took this one.”
Erosa felt disrespected because Peterson ignored his message on Instagram.
“I would still like to fight Steven Peterson; I think it is a great opponent for me. He’s coming off a win against Chase Hooper, but I want to fight him more now because I felt it was disrespectful he ignored me. He could have been like, ‘Hey man, I’m doing this, this and this’ – I’m not the kind of person to say you’re scared to fight me. If you have things going on, you got things going on. We don’t have to fight; I was making a suggestion. At least acknowledge that I did that; he just ignored me 100%.”
If Erosa and Peterson fight, it would be a very entertaining fight as both men tend to constantly move forward.