Justin Scoggins

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Justin Scoggins
Born (1992-05-02) May 2, 1992 (age 26)
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Other names Tank[1]
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[2]
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Flyweight
Reach 66 in (168 cm)[2]
Style Kenpo, Karate, Kickboxing, Wrestling, BJJ
Fighting out of Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Team Revolution MMA
American Top Team[1]
Rank Black belt in Kenpō Karate[3]
Years active 2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 11
By knockout 6
By submission 1
By decision 4
Losses 5
By submission 3
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Justin Craig Scoggins (born May 2, 1992) is an American mixed martial artist and former full-contact kickboxer currently competing in the Flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Scoggins began training in karate at the age of 3, later transitioning to wrestling and kickboxing.[1] Aspiring to compete for the UFC, Scoggins opted to drop out of high school and focus solely on honing his skills.[4] He made his professional MMA debut in February 2012, amassing an undefeated record of 7-0 prior to signing with the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]


In August 2013, the UFC announced they had signed Scoggins to a contract. He was briefly linked to a bout with Dustin Ortiz at UFC Fight Night 27 before it was cancelled.[5]

Scoggins eventually debuted on December 7, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33 against Richie Vaculik.[6] Scoggins won the fight via TKO in the first round.[7]

For his second fight, Scoggins replaced Darrell Montague against Will Campuzano on March 15, 2014 at UFC 171.[8] Scoggins won the fight via unanimous decision.[9]


For his third fight with the promotion, Scoggins faced Dustin Ortiz on July 6, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale[10] Scoggins suffered the first loss of his professional MMA career via split decision.[11]

Scoggins next faced John Moraga at UFC Fight Night 50.[12] Scoggins lost the fight via submission in the second round.[13]


Scoggins faced Josh Sampo on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187.[14] Scoggins won the fight via unanimous decision.[15]

Scoggins was expected to face Joby Sanchez on December 11, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale.[16] However, Scoggins pulled out of the fight in the week leading up to the event and was replaced by Geane Herrera.[17]


Scoggins faced Ray Borg on February 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 82.[18] Scoggins won the fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Scoggins was expected to face Ben Nguyen on March 20, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 85.[20] However, Scoggins pulled out of the fight in the week leading up to the event citing injury. As a result, Nguyen was pulled from the card entirely.[21]

Scoggins was expected to face Ian McCall on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201.[22] However, two days before the event, Scoggins announced that he was pulling out of the fight as he was not going to make the contracted weight.[23] As a result, McCall was pulled from the card altogether.[24] Scoggins will now compete at bantamweight full-time.[25]

Scoggins next faced Pedro Munhoz in a bantamweight bout on November 19, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 100.[26] He lost the bout by submission in the second round.[27]


Scoggins faced Ulka Sasaki in a flyweight bout on June 17, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 111.[28] Scoggins lost the fight via rear-naked choke in the second round.[29]

Scoggins was expected to face Tim Elliott on December 16, 2017 at UFC on Fox 26.[30] However on December 3, it was announced that Scoggins was pulled from the fight due to a spinal fracture injury.[31]


Scoggins faced promotional newcomer Said Nurmagomedov on July 14, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 133.[32] He lost a close contest via split decision.[33]

Championships and achievements[edit]


Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Warfare Fighting Championships
    • Warfare FC Flyweight Championship (One time)
    • Two successful title defenses

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–5 Said Nurmagomedov Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Ivanov July 14, 2018 3 5:00 Boise, Idaho, United States
Loss 11–4 Ulka Sasaki Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia June 17, 2017 2 3:19 Kallang, Singapore Return to Flyweight.
Loss 11–3 Pedro Munhoz Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 November 19, 2016 2 1:55 São Paulo, Brazil Bantamweight debut.
Win 11–2 Ray Borg Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson February 6, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 Josh Sampo Decision (unanimous) UFC 187 May 23, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 9–2 John Moraga Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi September 5, 2014 2 0:47 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Loss 9–1 Dustin Ortiz Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale July 6, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 Will Campuzano Decision (unanimous) UFC 171 March 15, 2014 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 8–0 Richie Vaculik TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot December 7, 2013 1 4:43 Brisbane, Australia
Win 7–0 Len Cook TKO (punches) Warfare 9: Apocalypse June 21, 2013 2 0:18 North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States Defended the Warfare FC Flyweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Chris Cain TKO (punches) Warfare 8: Armageddon March 8, 2013 1 3:57 North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States Defended the Warfare FC Flyweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Jacob Hebeisen TKO (hook kick and punches) Warfare 7: Invasion December 7, 2012 5 3:45 North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States Won the vacant Warfare FC Flyweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Keith Hulin TKO (knees and punches) Warfare 6: Friday Night Fights August 24, 2012 1 1:00 North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
Win 3–0 Casey Large Submission (armbar) EC/Conflict MMA - Extreme Challenge 211 May 12, 2012 1 4:55 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States
Win 2–0 Timothy Wade Decision (unanimous) Quest for Glory Championship 1 March 24, 2012 3 5:00 Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Win 1–0 Timm Kitts KO (head kick) Conflict MMA - Fight Night at the Point 4 February 25, 2012 1 0:23 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "ZenRhino's MMA Blog: 10 Questions With Justin Scoggins". 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  2. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC 187 Johnson vs. Cormier". UFC.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  3. ^ "Justin Scoggins - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  4. ^ Nick Baldwin (2016-07-27). "Dreams and Dedication: Justin Scoggins talks 'Karate college,' path to the Octagon". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  5. ^ Staff (2013-08-20). "Ortiz vs. Scoggins nixed, UFC still targeting another UFC Fight Night 27 bout". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  6. ^ Mike Whitman (2013-10-15). "Newcomers Richie Vaculik, Justin Scoggins set for flyweight tilt at UFC Fight Night 33". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  7. ^ John Morgan (2013-12-06). "UFC Fight Night 33 results: Justin Scoggins swarms Richie Vaculik, earns first-round TKO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
  8. ^ Staff (2014-01-28). "Justin Scoggins replaces Darrell Montague at UFC 171 in Dallas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  9. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-03-15). "UFC 171 results: Justin Scoggins stays unbeaten, dominates Will Campuzano". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  10. ^ Zane Simon (2014-05-06). "UFC re-books Dustin Ortiz vs. Justin Scoggins at TUF 19 Finale". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-05-06.
  11. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-07-06). "TUF 19 Finale results, photos: Dustin Ortiz outworks Justin Scoggins for split call". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
  12. ^ Staff (2014-08-02). "John Moraga vs. Justin Scoggins added to UFC Fight Night 50 in September". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-08-02.
  13. ^ John Morgan (2014-09-05). "UFC Fight Night 50 results: John Moraga chokes out Justin Scoggins". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-05.
  14. ^ Sean Bio (2015-02-25). "Justin Scoggins vs. Josh Sampo set for UFC 187 in Las Vegas". cagepages.com. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  15. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-05-23). "UFC 187 results: Justin Scoggins outworks Josh Sampo for unanimous decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  16. ^ Staff (2015-09-10). "Justin Scoggins vs. Joby Sanchez booked for TUF 22 Finale". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  17. ^ Staff (2015-12-04). "Geane Herrera in for Justin Scoggins vs. Joby Sanchez at TUF 22 Finale in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-04.
  18. ^ Staff (2016-01-07). "Ray Borg meets Justin Scoggins at UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-07.
  19. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-02-06). "UFC Fight Night 82 results: Justin Scoggins rolls past Ray Borg, wants title shot in 2016". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  20. ^ Emma Challands (2016-02-11). "UFC Brisbane: Ben Nguyen vs Justin Scoggins and added to Fight Night 85 card". fightnewsaustralia.com. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  21. ^ Staff (2016-03-12). "Nguyen vs. Scoggins scrapped, Laprise now meets Pearson in UFC Fight Night 85 shuffle". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-03-12.
  22. ^ Mike Sloan (2016-05-21). "Ian McCall to Make Octagon Return at UFC 201 Opposite Justin Scoggins". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  23. ^ Nick Baldwin (2016-07-28). "Justin Scoggins out of UFC 201 bout against Ian McCall due to weight cutting issues". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  24. ^ Staff (2016-07-29). "With McCall-Scoggins scrapped, Benoit-Serrano to UFC 201 main card and Grabowski-Hamilton to FS2". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-29.
  25. ^ Nick Baldwin (2016-07-29). "After failed UFC 201 weight cut, Justin Scoggins permanently moving up to bantamweight". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2016-07-29.
  26. ^ Staff (2016-09-03). "Pedro Munhoz vs. Justin Scoggins set for UFC Fight Night 100 in November". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  27. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-11-19). "UFC Fight Night 100 results: Pedro Munhoz taps Justin Scoggins with second-round guillotine choke". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  28. ^ Staff (2017-03-28). "UFC Fight Night 111 takes shape in Singapore". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  29. ^ "UFC Fight Night 111 results: Justin Scoggins dazzles early, but Ulka Sasaki gets tap". MMAjunkie. 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  30. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2017-09-07). "Flyweights Tim Elliott, Justin Scoggins booked for UFC on Fox 26 in Winnipeg". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  31. ^ Stefan Van Erp (2017-12-03). "Justin Scoggins out: Tim Elliott now faces Pietro Menga". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-12-04. (in Dutch)
  32. ^ Staff (2018-04-20). "Three fights announced for UFC Fight Night In Boise". espnboise.com. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  33. ^ "UFC Fight Night 133 results: Said Nurmagomedov takes split decision from Justin Scoggins". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-15. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  34. ^ "IKF USA National Amateur & IKF North American Classic Championship Tournaments: Past Champions and Where They Came From". Retrieved May 23, 2016.

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