9-4-0( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 5 fights.
Record: 9-4-0
Summary: Tenacity, Endurance, Heart

Fighter Info

From: Highland, Illinois USA
Fights Out Of: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA
Age: 30
Height: 6' 1" ( 185 cm )
Weight: 170 lb ( 77 kg )
College: University of Missouri - Rolla
Degree: Petroleum Engineering


Total Attempted Strikes
49% Successful
Types of Successful Strikes
53% Standing
43% Clinch
Striking Defense
The percentage of total strikes avoided


Total Takedowns
100% Successful
Grappling Totals by Type
Takedown Defense
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
James Head Aug 28, 2013
0 0 0 0 R1 Submission
Jason High 1 1 2 3
Mike Pyle Dec 15, 2012
9 0 0 0 R1 KO/TKO
James Head 13 0 0 0
Brian Ebersole Jul 21, 2012
35 1 0 2 R3 Decision - Split
James Head 37 1 1 2
Papy Abedi Apr 14, 2012
11 1 0 1 R1 Submission
James Head 21 0 1 2
Nick Ring Jun 11, 2011
58 5 1 7 R3 Submission
James Head 30 0 0 1


TRAINING: Well, I still work a full-time job as a professional petroleum engineer for a major oil and gas company; I get to work by 6:45am, work until lunch and typically get in my strength and conditioning work over my lunch break. I finish the day at work around 4:30 and then hit Lovato’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy and work on my ground game with world champion Rafael Lovato Jr. and will rotate striking with BJJ according to what I have coming up. I also work with world-class wrestlers and one of the best stand-up/boxing coaches in the world in Lewis Wood down in Houston as often as I can get down there and before every one of my fights.

Thoughts on opponent, Nick Ring? Nick is a great competitor, obviously with a record of 11-0, but with that being said I think he is a great test for me. He is well-rounded and I am looking to push the pace everywhere this fight goes and show the world my complete game. He is coming off of a controversial win in the UFC and I’m sure he is looking to make a statement, and I am making my debut with the greatest organization in the world and am looking to make a statement, so I believe that this is really going to be a great fight.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I got into MMA when I was in college at the University of Missouri-Rolla. My grandfather was a boxer and I was always captivated by combative sports, and freshman year at college I walked into the Warrior Gym, what I thought was a local boxing gym, to train because I was no longer involved in all of the sports that I had previously been involved in growing up (basketball, football, baseball, and racing motocross). Ken Sparks was a pro boxer making the transition to MMA and the first 6 months in the gym was a weeding out process and I took a beating but loved the competition aspect of it and kept coming back.

What ranks and titles have you held? 2008 Texas – SW Regional Golden Gloves Champion, 2009 Grapplers Quest No-Gi Cruiser Weight Champion, Grapplers Quest No-Gi Absolute Champion, Grapplers Quest Gi –Blue Belt Heavyweight Champion, 2010 IBJJF World Championship – Blue Belt Heavyweight Silver Medalist, IBJJF World No-Gi Championship – Purple Belt Heavyweight Silver Medalist, USBJJF National Championship – Purple Belt Heavyweight Champion

Do you have any heroes? My Grandfather and My coaches – they have all reached the pinnacle of their professions whether it be Rafael Lovato Jr. in BJJ or Lewis Wood in boxing; they motivate and inspire me to push myself to greatness.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means the world to me; it is the culmination of hard work and sacrifice, and the ability to compete against the best fighters in the world is a dream come true to put my hard work on display for the entire world.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? University of Missouri-Rolla; Bachelors of Science in Petroleum Engineering

What was your job before you started fighting? Petroleum Engineer – still is my day job, I work for one of the Forbes best 100 companies to work.

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Purple Belt in BJJ under Rafael Lovato Jr.

Favorite grappling technique:
Any Choke I can slap on you.

Favorite Striking technique: Right Hand

•    Pro since 2006

•    Four wins by knockout, two by submission

•    Coming off February 2011 decision win over UFC vet Gerald Harris

•    Only loss is via decision in 2009 to UFC vet Jesse Forbes

•    On two fight winning streak


Key Opponents

Nick Ring
Nick Ring
( W-L-D )

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