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: Typically, I am at work at 6:30 am everyday (excluding the weekends – thank God!) and get my strength and conditioning session in over my lunch break, with my head S&C coach Kevin Malahy at Crossfit405. I am back at the gym when I get off that afternoon and throughout the evening I’m working every aspect of my game. Depending on the night, I’m working my Jiu Jitsu with Master Raphael Lovato Jr at his academy Lovato’s School of BJJ & MMA, working my Judo/wresting with Olympic Alternate Brian Picklo at his school Matrix Grappling, or getting my sparring in down at UFC fighter Matt Grice’s new gym, R1-MMA. When I get home that evening, it’s shower, dinner, bedtime, and up again the next morning bright and early to do it all again!

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, three by submission

•    Welterweight debut

•    Last pre-UFC victory was February 2011 decision win over UFC vet Gerald Harris

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


Key Opponents

Nick Ring
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