|Born||Justin Christopher Wren
April 27, 1987
Dallas, Texas, United States
|Other names||The Viking|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||251 lb (114 kg; 17.9 st)|
|Reach||75.0 in (191 cm)|
|Style||Greco Roman Wrestling|
|Fighting out of||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Team||Grudge Training Center|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Amateur wrestling career
Wren enjoyed a highly successful and decorated wrestling career before venturing into MMA. He was a standout at Texas wrestling powerhouse Bishop Lynch High School, where he was coached by Olympic Gold Medalists Kenny Monday and Kendall Cross. During that time, he was a two time Prep State Champion (2004, 2005) and a two time Prep all-American, winning the Prep National Championship his senior year in Lehigh, PA.
While he was indeed a standout collegiate-style wrestler, Wren's greatest success came in the Greco Roman style. He was a two time all-American in that discipline, winning the national championship in Fargo, ND the summer after his senior year in high school ('05). This championship gained him national attention and earned him a scholarship to the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University to train for the Olympics to compete in Greco Roman wrestling.
Mixed martial arts
Wanting to try his hand at Division I college wrestling, Wren planned to move to Iowa State University to compete for then coach Cael Sanderson, however, he sustained an injury training before he could join the team. To stay active, Wren entered local fights around Iowa and began his MMA career.
Wren won his first four fights by knockout before taking his first loss. His opponent was Matt Thompson. Wren then won five more fights and was ten and one before appearing on TUF. Heading into the tenth instalment of The Ultimate Fighter, Wren had trained all over the world but found his permanent home in Denver, CO with TUF 10 coach Trevor Wittman.
The Ultimate Fighter
Wren was on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter fighting for Team Rashad. He was picked third for his team and sixth overall. On episode five, Wren fought UFC veteran Wes Sims, defeating him via first round technical submission from an arm triangle.
Wren then moved on to the quarter-finals and fought Roy Nelson in a controversial two round majority decision loss that many spectators at ring side, including Dana White, felt should have gone to a third round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On Jan. 23, Wren announced he has signed a deal with an unnamed promotion. Jan. 26, the promotion was named as the Ring of Fire MMA based in Colorado. He fought and defeated Josh Henry in his début for Ring of Fire by TKO in the first round.
After injuring his back from a slam in his most recent victory over Josh Robertson, Wren will undergo a corrective procedure to repair six or seven discs in his back. He plans to return "pretty soon".
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|12 matches||10 wins||2 losses|
|Win||10-2||Josh Robertson||Submission (rear naked choke)||Fight Force International: Blood & Sand 8||July 17, 2010||2||4:55||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||9-2||Reggie Higgins||Decision (unanimous)||MMA Xplosion: Fight Night II at the Hard Rock||May 22, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8-2||Josh Henry||TKO (strikes)||Ring of Fire 37: Warlords||March 5, 2010||1||1:20||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||7-2||Jon Madsen||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale||December 5, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7-1||Lamar Coleman||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Brutaal: Hilton Coliseum||April 11, 2009||1||1:03||Ames, Iowa, United States|
|Win||6-1||Chris Guillen||TKO (punches)||Xp3: The Proving Ground||July 26, 2008||2||1:45||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||5-1||Ralph Kelly||TKO (corner stoppage)||C3 Fights: Contenders||January 19, 2008||2||3:00||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||4-1||Tony Guined||Submission (guillotine choke)||Ultra Pure Productions: Graveyard Smash||October 31, 2007||1||3:04||Conroe, Texas, United States|
|Loss||3-1||Matt Thompson||TKO (ref stoppage)||Art of War 2||May 11, 2007||2||0:27||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||3-0||Justin Howard||TKO (punches)||Art of War 1||March 9, 2007||2||1:32||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||2-0||Brian Ewers||TKO (punches)||ECF: Winter War||January 27, 2007||1||0:42||Spirit Lake, Iowa, United States|
|Win||1-0||Ronald Stackhouse||TKO (punches)||Masters of the Cage 7||December 2, 2006||1||1:45||Norman, Oklahoma, United States|
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- "Justin Wren to have Back Surgery". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-05-26.