Justin Willis (martial artist)
|Born||July 9, 1987|
East Palo Alto, California, United States
|Other names||Big Pretty|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st)|
|Reach||79 in (201 cm)|
|Fighting out of||San Jose, California, United States|
|Team||American Kickboxing Academy|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
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.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|9 matches||8 wins||1 loss|
|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|
- "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
- "Justin Willis - Official UFC® Profile". www.ufc.com.
- Sherdog.com. "Justin". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
- "UFC Fight Night 113 results: Justin Willis outworks fellow newcomer James Mulheron". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-16. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
- "Contender Series' Allen Crowder to Debut vs Justin Willis at UFC 218 - MMA Today". MMA Today. 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
- "UFC 218 results: Justin Willis levels Allen Crowder for first-round knockout". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
- 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.
- "UFC Fight Night 128 results: Justin Willis outlasts Chase Sherman in sometime-slugfest". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-22. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
- "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.
- "UFC Adelaide results: Justin Willis earns methodical victory over Mark Hunt". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
- Sherdog.com. "Justin". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-09-26.