Celebrated Name: Butterbean
Real Name/Full Name: Eric Scott Esch
Gender: Male
Age: 57 years old
Birth Date: 3 August 1966
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Nationality: American
Height: 1.82 m
Weight: 193 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Libby Gaskin
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (Brandon, Caleb, Grace)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A/
Is Butterbean Gay?: No
Profession: Boxer, kick-boxer, mixed martial artist and wrestler
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $600 thousand
Last Updated: April 2024

Butterbean, whose real name if Eric Esch, is a former American boxer who changed his passion for kickboxing and MMA before his retirement. He tried his luck to become a professional MMA wrestler, but it all went in vain, as he lost his first match against Genki Sudo. In 1994, he came a professional boxer whose stint worked on Toughman Contest. He is also a television personality who appeared in various reality shows.

Maybe you know about Butterbean very well, but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Butterbean’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Esch was born on 3 August 1966 in Atlanta, Georgia, but when he was only four years old, he, along with his family, moved to St. Johns, Michigan, and got transferred again when he was 11 years old to Jasper, Alabama. He went through a difficult childhood; his mother passed away when he was eight, and he was constantly bullied at school for being fat.

While working on the floors for manufacturing houses at the Southern Energy Homes plant in Addison, Alabama, his friends dared him to enter a nearby Toughman Contest, with training in Bay City, Michigan. He came first in the tournament and therefore started his fighting career.

Personal Life

Butterbean got married to Libby Gaskin and has three children together named Brandon, Caleb, and Grace. Both of his sons, Brandon and Caleb, are training hard to become a mixed martial artist. They are currently living in Jasper, Alabama.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 3 August 1966, Butterbean is 57 years old as of today’s date 17th April 2024. His height is 1.82 tall, and his weight is 193 kg.


Butterbean started his fighting career on the Toughman Contest held in Arkansas in the early 1990s and later went on to achieve a five-time World Toughman Heavyweight Champion with a record of 56–5 with 36 knockouts. He got the nickname of “Butterbean” when he was allegedly forced to work on a diet where he has to constantly eat chicken and butterbeans in order to win the Toughman 400 pound (181kg) weight limit under his personal trainer Prozay Buell. He made his debut on October 15, 1994, after knocking out Tim Daniels by decision in Alabama. He later adopted a cult following and was called the “King of the 4 Rounders”.

Awards & Achievements

Butterbean has achieved major milestones in his career and has also gathered various awards in his tally. Some of his significant achievements are:

  • IBA World Super Heavyweight Champion
  • WAA World Heavyweight Championship
  • Pro Wrestling Syndicate Heavyweight Championship

Net Worth & Salary of Butterbean in 2024

Butterbean Net Worth
Butterbean Net Worth

Butterbean’s total net worth is less than what we expect. He has fought numerous significant matches throughout his career and has a net worth around $600 thousand as of April 2024. He started his career with boxing and ended with MMA, which gained him a hefty fortune. He has acquired a lavish lifestyle, which is followed by some costly expenses on his training and food, which takes a lot of money from his pocket.

Eric “Butterbean” Esche is one of the most significant figures of the boxing world, and his contribution towards the same will be forever remembered. He ended his boxing career and started his MMA career on the same day. His toughness and dedication towards his passion will always be taken count of. He is currently not so active on social media, but he organizes many charity events and promotes the same.


  1. He’s had a great career & proven that weight does not have to hold you back, That said I hope he can lose the pounds as he enters his twilight years as it shortens the life of fatties like us.

  2. Met him at a flea market on our way to Arkansas. . Got an autographed picture. I’ve always been a fan. He was in a wheelchair. Not sure why. I didn’t have the Heart to ask.

  3. I meet Eric in a BBQ restaurant he owned just outside of Jasper Alabama. He seem to be a very kind and interesting person . I wish him well it good to see some one from a difficult background do so well for his family.


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