Wilcox in 2009
|Born||March 12, 1979|
|Other names||The Silverback|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||65 in (165 cm)|
|Fighting out of||San Jose, California, United States|
|Team||American Kickboxing Academy|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Justin Wilcox (born March 12, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of Bellator. A professional competitor since 2006, Wilcox has also competed for Strikeforce, holding a record of 5-3 (1) in the promotion.
Wilcox began wrestling when he was five years old and was talented, continuing in the sport through high school and in college at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania alongside current UFC Welterweight Josh Koscheck, who was an NCAA Champion. Wilcox himself continued excelling at the collegiate level, becoming an NCAA qualifier as a true freshman and continued competing well after redshirting in his sophomore season, winning several tournaments. However, after being hit with an inadvertent headbutt which may have caused a concussion, Wilcox was preparing for another match when he slipped and knocked himself out when he hit the floor. The concussion, along with multiple bone fractures, were severe enough to end his career. Wilcox had been inspired to compete in mixed martial arts after seeing Koscheck on the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter" and began training in the sport himself. At the time, Wilcox was a professional bodybuilder, winning various contests while also running a gym in Pennsylvania, and weighed 205 lbs.
Mixed martial arts career
In his Strikeforce debut, Wilcox fought against Mitsuhiro Ishida and lost by submission (armbar) at 1:21 of the first round.
Wilcox upped his win streak to five with a TKO victory over veteran Rodrigo Damm at Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Damm. The fight was stopped by a ringside doctor at the end of the first round due to lacerations above both of Damm's eyes.
After over a year a way from the sport, Wilcox was signed by Bellator as a last minute replacement for their Season Nine Featherweight tournament. This would mark the first time Wilcox had ever competed as a Featherweight. Wilcox replaced Shahbulat Shamhalaev on just a few days notice and fought against Akop Stepanyan at Bellator 99. Despite losing the first round decisively due to a series of low kicks that visibly injured his leg and hindered his ability to stand and walk, Wilcox mounted a comeback in the second round and won via rear-naked choke submission moving him into the next round of the tournament.
In the finals of the Featherweight Tournament taking place at Bellator 108, Wilcox fought Top 15 Featherweight, Patricio Freire. Wilcox lost the fight via first-round technical knockout. After the loss Wilcox decided to return to his natural weight class of Lightweight (155 lbs.).
Wilcox and his wife Leslie have a daughter.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||14 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||14–7 (1)||Daniel Mason-Straus||KO (punches)||Bellator 127||October 3, 2014||1||0:50||Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||14–6 (1)||Jason Fischer||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 114||March 28, 2014||3||5:00||West Valley City, Utah, United States||Returns to Lightweight.|
|Loss||13–6–1||Patrício Freire||TKO (punches)||Bellator 108||November 15, 2013||1||2:23||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Bellator Season Nine Featherweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||13–5–1||Joe Taimanglo||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 103||October 11, 2013||3||5:00||Mulvane, Kansas, United States||Bellator Season Nine Featherweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||12–5–1||Akop Stepanyan||Technical Submission (rear naked choke)||Bellator 99||September 13, 2013||2||2:20||Temecula, California, United States||Bellator Season Nine Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Loss||11–5–1||Jorge Masvidal||Decision (split)||Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy||July 14, 2012||3||5:00||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||11–4–1||Caros Fodor||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal||December 17, 2011||1||0:13||San Diego, California, United States|
|NC||11–3–1||Gesias Cavalcante||NC (accidental eye poke)||Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum||June 18, 2011||2||0:31||Dallas, Texas, United States||Cavalcante poked Wilcox in the eye.|
|Win||11–3||Rodrigo Damm||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Damm||April 1, 2011||1||5:00||Stockton, California, United States|
|Win||10–3||Vitor Ribeiro||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Ribeiro||November 19, 2010||3||5:00||Jackson, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||9–3||Shamar Bailey||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe||March 26, 2010||3||5:00||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||8–3||Daisuke Nakamura||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Evolution||December 19, 2009||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||7–3||David Douglas||Submission (rear naked choke)||Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg||August 15, 2009||3||3:16||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||6–3||Moses Baca||Decision (unanimous)||Disturbing the Peace||June 27, 2009||3||5:00||Fresno, California, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Mitsuhiro Ishida||Submission (armbar)||Strikeforce: At The Mansion II||September 20, 2008||1||1:21||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||5–2||Gabe Ruediger||Decision (unanimous)||JG and TKT Promotions: Fighting 4 Kidz||August 30, 2008||3||5:00||Santa Monica, California, United States|
|Win||4–2||Todd Murphey||TKO (punches)||Extreme Challenge 82||August 18, 2007||3||2:35||Springfield, Illinois, United States|
|Win||3–2||Allan Lee||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Challenge 77||April 28, 2007||3||5:00||Mason, Ohio, United States||Drops to Lightweight.|
|Win||2–2||Bryce Teager||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Challenge 76||March 31, 2007||3||5:00||Sloan, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||1–2||Dan Hornbuckle||TKO (punches)||Total Fight Challenge 6||September 9, 2006||1||1:20||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Chad Reiner||Submission (armbar)||Extreme Challenge 68||July 15, 2006||1||2:54||Hayward, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||1–0||Bobby Voelker||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Challenge 68||July 15, 2006||2||5:00||Hayward, Wisconsin, United States|
- "Wilcox won't give up on MMA dreams". Yahoo Sports.
- Press Release (20 February 2010). "Strikeforce Challengers: Shamar Bailey vs Justin Wilcox announced with Bryan Travers hurt". MMAmania.com.
- ""Shaolin Ribeiro" Vs. Justin Wilcox, Ryan Couture At Strikeforce Challengers In Nov. - Fightline.com". Fightline.com.
- "Shahbulat Shamhalaev Withdraws From Featherweight Tournament, Justin Wilcox Now Faces Akop Stepanyan". bellator.com. September 9, 2013. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013.
- "Bellator 114 results: Alexander Shlemenko defends title, notches win No. 50". mmajunkie.com. March 28, 2014.
- "Daniel Straus-Justin Wilcox Featherweight Clash Headlines Bellator 127 on Oct. 3". sherdog.com. August 22, 2014.
- "Wilcox won't give up on MMA dreams". Yahoo! sports. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2011-03-31.