James Terry (fighter)

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James Terry
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Born (1981-03-16) March 16, 1981 (age 33)
Kodiak, Alaska, United States
Other names Intensity
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Welterweight
Lightweight
Reach 70.5 in (179 cm)
Style Kickboxing, Freestyle Wrestling
Fighting out of San Jose, California, United States
Team Cung Le's Universal Strength Headquarters
American Kickboxing Academy
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 14
By knockout 8
By decision 6
Losses 8
By submission 2
By decision 6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

James Heath Terry (born March 16, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division. He also works as an instructor and personal trainer at Cung Le's gym and is a co-captain of the USH Fight Team.

Background[edit]

Terry was born in Kodiak, Alaska but later moved to Arizona. Terry excelled in wrestling and originally attended Canyon del Oro High School but was kicked off the team for poor decisions inside the classroom and as an athlete. This lead to Terry's subsequent transfer to Sunnyside High School where he was a four-year letterman and captain in his junior and senior seasons, and also earned All-State honors three times as well as All-City twice. Terry continued his career at Pima Community College where he was an NJCAA All-American, finishing third nationally and winning an individual regional championship while his team as a whole also won the regional championship. Terry later transferred to Arizona State University and wrestled in their Division I program.[1][2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2005, Terry moved to California where he trained in kickboxing with Cung Le. Terry made his professional debut in 2006 as a Welterweight and compiled an undefeated record of 5-0 before being handed his first professional loss at the hands of Jeremiah Metcalf. Terry was then signed by Strikeforce.

Strikeforce[edit]

Terry made his promotional debut at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz on April 11, 2009 against Zak Bucia and won via unanimous decision. They had a rematch months later at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg on August 15, 2009 and Terry won again, this time via TKO in the first round.

Terry made his next appearance for the promotion against future Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Tarec Saffiedine at Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi on February 26, 2010 and lost via unanimous decision. Terry next fought David Marshall at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II on October 9, 2010 and won via unanimous decision. He then fought at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg on January 29, 2011 against Lucas Gamaza and won via TKO in the first round. Terry followed this up with another first-round knockout win against Josh Thornburg at Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Damm on April 1, 2011.

Terry then faced Caros Fodor in the main event at Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry on June 24, 2011 and lost via unanimous decision, snapping a three-fight winning streak. Terry then fought at Strikeforce Challengers: Larkin vs. Rossborough on September 23, 2011 against Magno Almeida and won via knockout in the first round.

Terry made his next appearance at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine on January 7, 2012 against Nah-Shon Burrell. Terry lost in a controversial split decision, and later criticized the judging.[3]

Terry then faced former King of the Cage Junior Welterweight Champion Bobby Green at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier on May 19, 2012. Terry again lost via split decision.

Bellator MMA[edit]

Terry made his Bellator debut on April 4, 2014, facing Rick Reeves at Bellator 115. He lost via split decision.[4]

Terry faced Andre Santos on October 17, 2014 at Bellator 129.[5] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–8 Andre Santos Decision (unanimous) Bellator 129 October 17, 2014 3 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 14–7 Daniel McWilliams TKO (punches) 408 Fights: Battle of the Bay 3 July 19, 2014 1 N/A San Jose, California, United States
Loss 13–7 Rick Reeves Decision (split) Bellator 115 April 4, 2014 3 5:00 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 13–6 Sam Liera TKO (punches) Arise Fighting Championships November 30, 2013 3 2:26 Santa Clara, California, United States
Win 12–6 Marcus Gaines TKO (punches) Dragon House MMA 15 November 2, 2013 1 0:12 San Francisco, California, United States
Loss 11–6 Mike de la Torre Submission (rear-naked choke) Arise Fighting Championships June 15, 2013 1 0:57 Santa Clara, California, United States
Loss 11–5 Bobby Green Decision (split) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier May 19, 2012 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Return to Lightweight.
Loss 11–4 Nah-Shon Burrell Decision (split) Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine January 7, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Welterweight bout.
Win 11–3 Magno Almeida KO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Larkin vs. Rossborough September 23, 2011 1 3:21 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–3 Caros Fodor Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry June 24, 2011 3 5:00 Kent, Washington, United States Lightweight debut.
Win 10–2 Josh Thornburg KO (punch) Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Damm April 1, 2011 1 4:38 Stockton, California, United States Catchweight (165 lb) bout.
Win 9–2 Lucas Gamaza TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg January 29, 2011 1 3:26 San Jose, California, United States
Win 8–2 David Marshall Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II October 9, 2010 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 7–2 Tarec Saffiedine Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi February 26, 2010 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 7–1 Zak Bucia TKO (head kick and punches) Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg August 15, 2009 1 1:23 San Jose, California, United States
Win 6–1 Zak Bucia Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz April 11, 2009 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 5–1 Jeremiah Metcalf Submission (rear-naked choke) CCFC: Mayhem May 17, 2008 2 1:47 Santa Rosa, California, United States
Win 5–0 Josh Hinkle Decision (split) CCFC: Undefeated October 6, 2007 3 5:00 Santa Rosa, California, United States
Win 4–0 Jack Montgomery Decision (unanimous) CCFC: Total Elimination May 12, 2007 3 5:00 Santa Rosa, California, United States
Win 3–0 Tony Juarez TKO (corner stoppage) CCFC: Judgment Day February 17, 2007 1 2:10 Santa Rosa, California, United States
Win 2–0 Josh McDonald Decision (unanimous) CCFC: Throwdown at The Pavilion November 4, 2006 3 5:00 Santa Rosa, California, United States
Win 1–0 Josh Hayes Decision (unanimous) Warrior Cup 1 August 12, 2006 3 5:00 Stockton, California, United States

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