James Terry (fighter)
March 16, 1981 |
Kodiak, Alaska, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||70.5 in (179 cm)|
|Fighting out of||San Jose, California, United States|
|Team||Cung Le's Universal Strength Headquarters
American Kickboxing Academy
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
James Heath Terry (born March 16, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2006, he formerly competed for Strikeforce. He also works as an instructor and personal trainer at Cung Le's gym and The Quad, and is a co-captain of the USH Fight Team.
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 led 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.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
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.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||20 wins||9 losses|
|Win||20–9||Don Mohammed||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 199||May 12, 2018||3||5:00||San Jose, California United States||Catchweight (165 lbs) bout.|
|Win||19–9||JC Llamas||Decision (technical)||Bellator 172||February 18, 2017||3||0:37||San Jose, California United States|
|Win||18–9||Justin Baesman||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 165||November 19, 2016||3||5:00||San Jose, California United States|
|Win||17–9||Buddy Wallace||Decision (unanimous)||Conquer Fighting Championships 2||April 30, 2016||3||5:00||Richmond, California United States|
|Loss||16–9||Nick Barnes||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 147||December 4, 2015||1||2:48||San Jose, California United States||Catchweight (175 lbs) bout.|
|Win||16–8||Carlos Eduardo Rocha||TKO (punches)||Bellator 142: Dynamite 1||September 19, 2015||1||4:00||San Jose, California United States|
|Win||15–8||Chris Herrera||TKO (punches)||DH: Dragon House 20||June 6, 2015||1||0:33||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Loss||14–8||André 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||Return to Welterweight.|
|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 lbs) 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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- "James Terry leads group of Pima wrestlers to nationals - Tucson Citizen Morgue, Part 2 (1993-2009)".
- "James Terry talks controversial Loss at Strikeforce: "Nah-Shon was just as shocked as I was" – FightHubTV".
- "Rick Reeves vs. James Terry". tapology.com. April 4, 2014.
- "Bellator MMA - Bellator 129". sherdog.com.
- "Bellator 147 Fight Card". bellator.com. 2015-12-11.