Steve Erceg, an Australian MMA fighter, rose to fame after winning his UFC debut against David Dvorak in mid-2023. Erceg, perceived as an underdog, surprised fans around the world by overcoming long odds and defeating the number 10 flyweight fighter. With this, the 5-foot-8-inch (1.73 m) tall MMA fighter generated anticipation for his upcoming fights.
A native of Perth, Australia, he participated in his home country’s mixed martial arts program, Eternal MMA, and won the flyweight championship in 2020. He defended the championship three times before the UFC call-up. Steve Erceg, a submission and grappling expert, had a 9-1 record until the UFC contacted him with an 8-day notice for a fight against David Dvorak, which he won for UA. It was a preliminary for the main event, Amanda Nunes vs. Irene Aldana, but his passion and ability to fight would become another topic of discussion.
Later, at UFC 295: Procházka vs. Pereira, he faced Mexican flyweight fighter Alessandro Costa (then 13-3, now 13-4). Erceg won his second consecutive UFC fight, raising his overall MMA record to 11-1. Now, UFC fans are looking forward to his next fight and what he can bring to the octagon.
Steve Erceg Wiki and Age: Where is he from?
Erceg, who was born on July 27, 1995 in Perth, Western Australia, has just emerged as a roaring UFC rookie, with his name echoing around the world. In 2024, Steve will be 29 years old. The MMA fighter with brown eyes and hair, known as “Astroboy,” fights in the flyweight category. With wins in his first two UFC fights, he is ranked 17th in the rankings of the best current MMA flyweight fighter. Steve Erceg does not yet have a Wikipedia article; However, his professional MMA accomplishments have been widely covered in tabloids such as ESPN, UFC and Tapology. There is no doubt that, with his current rate of progress, he will soon get a Wiki page. Erceg has only lost one in 12 professional fights (as of November 2023). He is currently on a 10 win streak.
Erceg’s family: his mother did not approve him for MMA
Steve is the eldest of two children born to his Australian parents, Matthew and Loretta Erceg. He has a younger sister, Alex Erceg. During his interviews, the MMA fighter often addresses his family, particularly how much his mother cares about him. In a 2021 interview with Eternal MMA, Steve Erceg spoke about his experience in MMA and how his mother initially opposed it.
During his teenage years, he became obsessed with MMA after watching a UFC event (especially Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir) and informed his father of his goal. Then his father took him to an MMA facility and eventually threw him into fights. Erceg’s mother opposed his wrestling career, but her father persecuted her. Supposedly she would attend all of his fights, even if she was still worried about his son.
He said: “She [Steve’s mother] she’s worried about her little boy getting hit and all that kind of stuff. “So she was just trying to protect me in a different way.” The UFC flyweight fighter claims that his family is very close and that he usually visits his parents once a week.
Steve Erceg MMA Stats: Win-Loss Record and Earnings
Erceg began his MMA career at the age of 21, but his first professional battle came in 2016 against Ryan Robertson in the Australian regional. He won with his preferred guillotine choke. On September 1, 2017, his second match against Sean Gauci ended with his first loss. It was his only loss in 11 fights and he subsequently won ten consecutive fights. Steve has a record of 11-1, including one KO and six submission wins. His MMA career earnings reportedly total $50,000. In June 2023, he was invited to Dana White’s octagon for UFC 289.
Despite having only eight days’ notice to face a tough opponent, David Dvořák, he was undeterred and won through UA. On November 11, 2023, the Australian fighter faced Alessandro Costa in his second UFC fight at UFC 295. He won again with UA.