Justin Willis (martial artist)

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Justin Willis
Born (1987-07-09) July 9, 1987 (age 31)
East Palo Alto, California, United States
Other namesBig Pretty
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st)
Reach79 in (201 cm)
Fighting out ofSan Jose, California, United States
TeamAmerican Kickboxing Academy
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By decision4
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Justin Willis (born July 9, 1987) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2012, he has formerly competed for the World Series of Fighting and Strikeforce. As of December 5, 2018, he is ranked #9 in the official UFC heavyweight rankings.[1]


Born and raised in California, Willis played football through high school and the collegiate level as a lineman at San Jose State University, graduating with a degree in sociology. At the collegiate level, Willis was All-Conference.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Willis made his amateur debut in 2009, a second-round loss, before competing again as an amateur bout on the Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2 against Steve Dickey. Willis won via unanimous decision . After going professional in 2012, Willis amassed a record of 4-1 before being signed by the UFC.[3]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Willis made his promotional debut on July 16, 2017 against British fighter James Mulheron at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio. He won via unanimous decision.[4]

Willis then faced Allen Crowder at UFC 218 on December 2, 2017.[5] Willis won via knockout.[6]

Wills faced Chase Sherman on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128.[7] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[8]

Wills faced Mark Hunt on December 2, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 142.[9] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[10]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 8–1 Mark Hunt Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa December 2, 2018 3 5:00 Adelaide, Australia
Win 7–1 Chase Sherman Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee April 21, 2018 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6–1 Allen Crowder KO (punches) UFC 218 December 2, 2017 1 2:33 Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 5–1 James Mulheron Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio July 16, 2017 3 5:00 Glasgow, Scotland
Win 4–1 Julian Coutinho TKO (punches) WSOF 31 June 17, 2016 2 0:30 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 3–1 Rizvan Kuniev Decision (unanimous) Inoki Genome Fight 4 August 29, 2015 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 2–1 Yusuke Kawaguchi TKO (punches) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014 December 31, 2014 1 0:43 Tokyo, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 1–1 James Kirby TKO (punches) Global Knockout: The Return June 14, 2014 1 N/A Jackson, California, United States
Loss 0–1 Henry Solis TKO (elbows) ROF 43: Bad Blood June 2, 2012 2 4:32 Broomfield, Colorado, United States


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  2. ^ "Justin Willis - Official UFC® Profile". www.ufc.com.
  3. ^ Sherdog.com. "Justin". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  4. ^ "UFC Fight Night 113 results: Justin Willis outworks fellow newcomer James Mulheron". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-16. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  5. ^ "Contender Series' Allen Crowder to Debut vs Justin Willis at UFC 218 - MMA Today". MMA Today. 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  6. ^ "UFC 218 results: Justin Willis levels Allen Crowder for first-round knockout". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  7. ^ Mike Bohn (2018-03-15). "Chase Sherman vs. Justin Willis booked for UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  8. ^ "UFC Fight Night 128 results: Justin Willis outlasts Chase Sherman in sometime-slugfest". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-22. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  9. ^ "Report | Mark Hunt to take on Justin Willis at UFC Adelaide in last fight on UFC deal | BJPenn.com". | BJPenn.com. 2018-09-25. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  10. ^ "UFC Adelaide results: Justin Willis earns methodical victory over Mark Hunt". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  11. ^ Sherdog.com. "Justin". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-09-26.

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