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"El Toro"

Anthony Birchak

Bantamweight Division • 16-7-0 (W-L-D)

Stats & Records

  • 5
    Wins by Knockout
  • 8
    Wins by Submission
  • 3
    Wins by Decision
Striking accuracy 35% 35%

Striking accuracy

Sig. Strikes Landed
88
Sig. Strikes Attempted
251
Grappling accuracy 17% 17%

Grappling accuracy

Takedowns Landed
Takedowns Attempted
6
3.98
Sig. Str. Landed
Per Min
2.26
Sig. Str. Absorbed
Per Min
0.68
Takedown avg
Per 15 Min
0.00
Submission avg
Per 15 Min
66
%
Sig. Str. Defense
83
%
Takedown Defense
1.36
Knockdown Ratio
05:31
Average fight time

Sig. Str. By Position

Standing
59 (67%)
Clinch
21 (24%)
Ground
8 (9%)

Sig. Str. by target

53% 47 Head 26% 23 Body 20% 18 Leg

Win By Way

KO/TKO
5 (31%)
DEC
3 (19%)
SUB
8 (50%)

Event Results

  • Win

    Lopez vs Birchak

    Round
    1
    Time
    02:45
    Method
    SUB
  • Win

    Birchak vs Lopes

    Round
    3
    Time
    05:00
    Method
    DEC
  • Win

    Almeida vs Birchak

    Round
    1
    Time
    04:36
    Method
    KO/TKO

Biography

Status
Active
Hometown
Tucson, United States
Trains at
Jackson Wink MMA Academy - NM
Age
34
Height
68.00
Weight
135.00
Octagon Debut
Dec. 13, 2014
Reach
69.00
Leg reach
39.00
Q & A

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training after college without many opportunities other than the Olympics.  I saw how good former teammates Efrain Escudero, Jaime Varner, and Danny Martinez were doing in MMA and I decided to make the transition to MMA in late 2008.  

What ranks and titles have you held? Rage in the Cage BW champion, BJJ world silver medalist, Inaugural MFC bantamweight champion, 4x Greco-Roman AZ state Champion, 3x AZ high school state medalist, 2003 AZ state runner up, AAU All-American 2006. 

Do you have any heroes? Mom 

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It's the culmination of every drop of blood, sweat, and tears.  The sacrifices and struggles that my family and I have made are finally paying off.     

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I did go to college at the Junior College (Pima Community College) and NCAA Div II (Grand Canyon University) levels, where I studied in Visual Communications with emphasis in graphic design and marketing advertising. I did not earn a degree, but I learned I was way better at beating people up than being a student.

What was your job before you started fighting? I've worked for my Uncle’s roofing company for years; I also worked at a sporting goods store, and tended bar, all at the same time for about three years.

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I was in Sports Illustrated December 22, 2013 for Most Victorious Picture of the Year. Also have won multiple Fight of the Night awards.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Black belt in BJJ and I also say I definitely have my black belt in Wrestling.
Favorite grappling technique: D'arce choke or Anaconda Choke

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(L-R) Anthony Birchak of the United States punches Dileno Lopes of Brazil in their bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via