|Born||James Michael Hettes
June 9, 1987
|Other names||The Kid|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Swoyersville, Pennsylvania|
|Team||Northeast Jiu Jitsu, World Class Boxing, AMA Fight Club|
|Rank||Brown belt in Judo
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Hettes is a 2-time Keystone State Games Judo Gold Medalist and earned the nickname "Judo Jim" at Greg Jackson's Camp in Albuquerque, NM. Hettes started boxing at age 14 and started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 16 and is currently the head instructor at Northeastern Ju-Jitsu in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania. Hettes attended Luzerne County Community College for Criminal Justice.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Hettes was originally expected to make his UFC debut in December 2010 as part of The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale card; Hettes turned the offer down due to prior engagements with another promotion. On July 16th 2011, Hettes officially signed with the UFC after winning the MMA Melee - MASS Featherweight Championship Belt.
As a late replacement to an injured Leonard Garcia. Hettes made his promotional debut on August 14, 2011 against Alex Caceres on 10 days notice. He won via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:12 of round 2.
Hettes defeated Nam Phan on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141. Hettes used his superior judo to take Phan down repeatedly, and also utilized excellent control on the ground. He landed a great deal of unanswered ground and pound and threatened with submissions throughout, taking a dominant unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26).
After 13 months away, Hettes returned to the UFC in October 2013. He was expected to face Mike Wilkinson on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30. However, Wilkinson pulled out of the bout in the week leading up the bout and was replaced by newcomer Robert Whiteford. Hettes won the fight via submission in the second round.
Hettes was expected to face Diego Brandão on January 31, 2015 at UFC 183. However, the fight was canceled right before the event started, as Hettes passed out backstage. He was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons. Subsequently, the bout with Brandão was rescheduled for April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox 15.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Martial Arts Super Sport
- MASS Featherweight Championship (One time)
- Pennsylvania Cage Fight Series
- Pennsylvania Cage Fight Series Featherweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||11 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||11–2||Dennis Bermudez||TKO (punches and knee)||UFC 171||March 15, 2014||3||2:57||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||11–1||Robert Whiteford||Technical Submission (triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz||October 26, 2013||2||2:17||Manchester, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||10–1||Marcus Brimage||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 152||September 22, 2012||3||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||10–0||Nam Phan||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 141||December 30, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–0||Alex Caceres||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle||August 14, 2011||2||3:12||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||8–0||Jacob Kirwan||Submission (triangle choke)||MASS: Inauguration||July 16, 2011||2||3:58||Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States||Won MASS Featherweight Championship|
|Win||7–0||George Sheppard||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Fight 6||November 26, 2010||2||3:05||Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States||Fought at a catchweight of 152 lbs.|
|Win||6–0||Dwayne Shelton||Submission (guillotine choke)||Cage Fight 5||August 13, 2010||1||0:49||Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States||Won Pennsylvania CFS Featherweight Championship|
|Win||5–0||James Jones||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shogun Fights 2||March 27, 2010||1||0:28||Baltimore, Maryland, United States|
|Win||4–0||Jay Haas||Submission (heel hook)||Cage Fight 2||November 27, 2009||1||0:47||Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||3–0||Steven Baker||Submission (armbar)||Shogun Fights||October 24, 2009||1||1:25||Baltimore, Maryland, United States|
|Win||2–0||Nick Gentile||Submission (triangle choke)||Premier Cage Fighting||August 28, 2009||1||3:11||Hamburg, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||1–0||Bobby Gorham||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Fight 1||June 12, 2009||1||1:51||Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States|
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- "Jim Hettes vs. Steven Siler on Deck for UFC on FX 4". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
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- "Marcus Brimage vs. Jim Hettes added to UFC 152 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
- Staff (February 22, 2013). "Steven Siler announces UFC 159 fight with Jimy Hettes". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
- Staff (March 19, 2013). "With Jim Hettes out, Kurt Holobaugh steps in to face Steven Siler at UFC 159". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
- Ariel Helwani (2013-08-09). "Jimy Hettes vs. Mike Wilkinson slated for UFC Fight Night 30". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
- John Morgan and Matt Erickson (2013-10-20). "Robert Whiteford expected to face Jimy Hettes at UFC Fight Night 30". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
- Staff (2014-11-05). "Jimy Hettes meets Diego Brandao at UFC 183". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-11-05.
- Matt Erickson (2015-01-31). "Medical issue for Jimy Hettes scratches fight with Diego Brandao from UFC 183 prelims". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-01-31.
- Staff (2015-02-23). "Jimy Hettes vs. Diego Brandao rebooked for UFC on FOX 15 in New Jersey". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-02-23.