John Howard (fighter)

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John Howard
Born (1983-03-01) March 1, 1983 (age 35)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Other names Doomsday
Residence Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)[2]
Fighting out of Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active 2004–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 37
Wins 24
By knockout 9
By submission 6
By decision 9
Losses 13
By knockout 4
By submission 1
By decision 8
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

John J. Howard (born March 1, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of the Professional Fighters League. A professional competitor since 2004, Howard has also formerly competed for the International Fight League, the Ultimate Fighting Championship(UFC) and the Cage Fury Fighting Championships.


Howard was born and raised by his single mother along with his brother in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts where he still resides to this day. Dorchester is one of the roughest neighborhoods in the state and Howard got into fights often while growing up. In high school, Howard played football and basketball and learned the electrical trade after getting his high school degree. He found martial arts after going to a Job Corps to get his high school diploma where he learned grappling from a freestyle grappler. Later on in his career he has become well known for his wrestling skills and takedowns in MMA despite not having any background in it . After graduating, Howard began training at a local gym. Howard's nickname "Doomsday" is from the infamous villain who killed Superman.[4] Howard once sparred against Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a boxer, when the two trained at Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts in Boston.[5][6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Howard made his UFC debut on January 31, 2009 against Chris Wilson at UFC 94, winning via split decision.

He then faced Tamdan McCrory at UFC 101. This fight was significant for both as the two had become friends fighting on promotions in the Northeast. Howard won the fight via split decision.

Howard fought Dennis Hallman on December 5, 2009 at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale.[7] After getting out-grappled for most of the fight, Howard knocked out Hallman at 4:55 of the third round.

Howard was expected to face Anthony Johnson on March 21, 2010 at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones, but Johnson sustained an injury during training. UFC newcomer Daniel Roberts stepped in to be Howard's new opponent.[8] Howard defeated Roberts via first round KO.

Howard was defeated by Jake Ellenberger via third round TKO due to doctor stoppage at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko. Though Howard had success on the feet, he was unable to defend the takedowns of Ellenberger. Ellenberger would go on to cause Howard's left eye to close after repeatedly landing short elbows and punches from the guard leading to the stoppage,

Howard next faced former title challenger Thiago Alves on December 11, 2010 at UFC 124.[9] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Howard was expected to face Martin Kampmann on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4[10] However, Kampmann was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Matt Brown.[11] Howard was defeated by Brown after three tough rounds via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). After the loss to Brown, Howard was released from the promotion.[12]

Classic Entertainment and Sports (CES MMA)[edit]

Howard made his CES debut at CES MMA: Never Surrender against Todd Chattelle for the CES Middleweight Championship. He won via TKO in the second round.

Howard made his first title defense against Scott Rehm. He won via TKO.

Howard's next title defense was against Brett Chism. He won via TKO.

Howard's next title defense was at CES MMA: Path to Destruction, against Jason Louck. He won via KO just 23 seconds into the first round.

Howard defended his title for the fourth time against Chris Woodall. He won via KO in the first round.

Return to the UFC[edit]

Following the Boston Marathon bombing, Howard openly stated that he would like to be on the UFC Fight Night 26 card in Boston, Massachusetts in August 2013 to show support for his hometown. On July 17, 2013, it was announced that he would appear on the card, replacing Josh Samman in a Middleweight bout against Uriah Hall.[13] He defeated Hall via split decision.[14]

Howard returned to Welterweight and faced Siyar Bahadurzada on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168.[15] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Howard faced Ryan LaFlare at UFC Fight Night 39.[16] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

Howard was then expected to face Rick Story at UFC Fight Night 45 on July 16, 2014.[17] However, he was forced from the bout due to injury and was replaced by returning veteran Leonardo Mafra.[18]

Howard faced Brian Ebersole on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178.[19] He lost the fight via split decision.

Howard faced Lorenz Larkin on January 18, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 59.[20] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Howard was expected to face Brandon Thatch on July 11, 2015 at UFC 189.[21] However, on June 23, Thatch was pulled from that bout in favor of a fight with Gunnar Nelson as his scheduled opponent John Hathaway was forced out with injury. Howard faced Cathal Pendred at the event.[22] Howard won the fight via split decision.[23]

Howard faced Tim Means on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80.[24] He lost the fight via knockout in the second round.[25]

World Series of Fighting[edit]

On March 8, 2016, it was announced that Howard had signed with the World Series of Fighting promotion.[26]

Howard faced Abubakar Nurmagomedov on October 7, 2016 at WSOF33.[27] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Personal life[edit]

Howard has three daughters, one with one woman and two with another; the girls live with their mothers. Before fighting professionally, Howard worked as an electrician. He is also a diehard New England Patriots fan, and is a fan of all of the professional teams out of Boston including the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, and the Boston Bruins. He also enjoys playing video games in his free time.[28] In 2016, after undergoing a series of non-invasive neurological tests, Howard was diagnosed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 33. Referring to this diagnosis, Howard said "Now a lot of stuff in my life makes sense. Now I'm thinking about my life, it makes sense why I do certain things. Even to this day."[29]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 24–13 Abubakar Nurmagomedov Decision (unanimous) WSOF 33 October 7, 2016 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 24–12 Michael Arrant Decision (unanimous) WSOF 31 June 17, 2016 3 5:00 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States Middleweight bout.
Loss 23–12 Tim Means KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant December 10, 2015 2 0:21 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 23–11 Cathal Pendred Decision (split) UFC 189 July 11, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 22–11 Lorenz Larkin TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver January 18, 2015 1 2:17 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 22–10 Brian Ebersole Decision (split) UFC 178 September 27, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 22–9 Ryan LaFlare Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson April 11, 2014 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 22–8 Siyar Bahadurzada Decision (unanimous) UFC 168 December 28, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Welterweight.
Win 21–8 Uriah Hall Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen August 17, 2013 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 20–8 Chris Woodall TKO (punches) CES MMA: New Blood June 7, 2013 1 2:14 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Defended the CES Middleweight Championship.
Win 19–8 Jason Louck KO (punches) CES MMA: Path to Destruction April 12, 2013 1 0:23 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Defended the CES Middleweight Championship.
Loss 18–8 Leandro Batata Decision (unanimous) HFR 2: High Fight Rock 2 October 27, 2012 3 5:00 Goiânia, Brazil
Win 18–7 Brett Chism TKO (punches) CES MMA: Real Pain October 6, 2012 2 3:31 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Defended the CES Middleweight Championship.
Win 17–7 Scott Rehm TKO (arm injury) CES MMA: Far Beyond Driven August 3, 2012 1 1:28 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Defended the CES Middleweight Championship. Catchweight bout of 195 lbs.
Win 16–7 Todd Chattelle TKO (punches) CES MMA: Never Surrender April 13, 2012 2 4:42 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Won the CES Middleweight Championship.
Win 15–7 Dennis Olson Decision (unanimous) CFA 3 October 9, 2011 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 14–7 Matt Brown Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry June 26, 2011 3 5:00 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 14–6 Thiago Alves Decision (unanimous) UFC 124 December 11, 2010 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 14–5 Jake Ellenberger TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko August 1, 2010 3 2:21 San Diego, California, United States
Win 14–4 Daniel Roberts KO (punches) UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones March 21, 2010 1 2:01 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 13–4 Dennis Hallman KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale December 5, 2009 3 4:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–4 Tamdan McCrory Decision (split) UFC 101 August 8, 2009 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 11–4 Chris Wilson Decision (split) UFC 94 January 31, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 10–4 Charlie Brenneman Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 21 September 12, 2008 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the ROC Welterweight Championship.
Win 9–4 Nick Calandrino TKO (punches) IFL: Connecticut May 16, 2008 3 2:24 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Welterweight debut.
Win 8–4 Jose Rodriguez KO (punches) Ring of Combat 18 March 7, 2008 1 4:07 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 7–4 Dan Miller Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 17 November 30, 2007 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Middleweight bout.
Loss 7–3 Woody Weatherby TKO (punches) WFL 19 September 29, 2007 1 2:32 Revere, Massachusetts, United States For vacant WFL Welterweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Mandela K'ponou Submission (armbar) CZ 23 August 25, 2007 1 N/A Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 6–2 Nick Catone Decision (unanimous) CFFC 5 June 23, 2007 3 N/A Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6–1 Josh Rosaaen Submission (triangle choke) CFFC 4 April 13, 2007 3 1:17 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 5–1 Alexandre Moreno Submission (armbar) WFL 10 September 23, 2006 1 N/A Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 5–0 Jason Dublin Submission (arm-triangle choke) CZ 15 April 24, 2006 2 2:39 Revere, Massachusetts, United States Won vacant CZ Welterweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Aldo Santos Submission (armbar) WFL 4 December 3, 2005 1 3:41 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 3–0 Mandela K'ponou Submission (heel hook) WFL 1 February 5, 2005 2 2:52 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 2–0 Les Richardson Submission (rear-naked choke) CZ 9 December 4, 2004 2 2:53 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 1–0 Jason Dublin Decision (unanimous) CZ 8 October 2, 2004 2 5:00 Revere, Massachusetts, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 189 Mendes vs. McGregor". Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Print Fight Card - UFC 178 Johnson vs. Cariaso". Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ "John Howard - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ Nason, Josh (December 8, 2010). "John Howard Promises You Will Not See A Boring Fight". Bleacher Report. 
  5. ^ Rodriguez, Ariel (January 16, 2015). "UFC fighter: I busted 'arrogant' Tamerlan Tsarnaev's nose". Boston Herald. 
  6. ^ "UFC fighter says he could have put accused Boston bomber 'down for good'". August 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ ""Superman" vs. "Doomsday" shifted to The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale in December". Archived from the original on 2009-09-12. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  8. ^ "Daniel Roberts Steps in to Face John Howard". Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  9. ^ "Thiago Alves vs. John Howard targeted for UFC 124". September 2, 2010. Archived from the original on September 5, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Martin Kampmann vs. John Howard on tap for UFC on Versus 4". Archived from the original on 2011-04-17. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  11. ^ "UFC on Versus 4: Matt Brown vs John Howard booked for June 26 with Martin Kampmann injured". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  12. ^ "Welterweight John Howard Released from the UFC Following Loss at UFC on Versus 4". Retrieved 2011-07-11. 
  13. ^ Staff (2013-07-17). "John Howard re-signs with the UFC, fights Uriah Hall at UFC on Fox Sports 1". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ Staff. "Siyar Bahadruzada vs. John Howard added to December's UFC 168 event". Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  16. ^ Mike Chiappetta (2014-02-14). "John Howard vs. Ryan LaFlare targeted for UFC's Abu Dhabi show". Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  17. ^ Jesse Holland (2014-05-05). "John Howard vs. Rick Story set for UFC Fight Night 45 on July 16 in Atlantic City". Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  18. ^ Staff (2014-06-18). "Leonardo Mafra replaces John Howard at UFC Fight Night 45". Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  19. ^ Staff (2014-07-14). "Brian Ebersole vs. John Howard slated for UFC 178 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  20. ^ Staff (2014-11-03). "John Howard vs. Lorenz Larkin set for UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston". Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  21. ^ Mike Bohn (2015-04-01). "Brandon Thatch vs. John Howard added to UFC 189 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2015-04-01. 
  22. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-06-23). "Brandon Thatch meets Gunnar Nelson at UFC 189, John Howard now gets Cathal Pendred". Retrieved 2015-06-23. 
  23. ^ Dave Doyle (2015-07-11). "UFC 189 results: John Howard gets the nod over Cathal Pendred". Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  24. ^ Staff (2015-09-17). "UFC Fight Night 80 gets slew of new bouts, including Howard-Means, Graves-Roberts". Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  25. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-12-10). "UFC Fight Night 80 results: Tim Means knocks John Howard stiff in second round". Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  26. ^ Rey Sefo (2016-03-01). "WSOF Signs Gladiator, Thug Nasty And Doomsday". Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  27. ^ "WSOF 34". Retrieved July 19, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Dorchester's John Howard hopes to log bonus time". 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  29. ^ "At age 33, John Howard finally freed by diagnosis of clinical autism". 2016-06-16. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 

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