|Born||Justin Christopher Wren
April 27, 1987
Dallas, Texas, United States
|Other names||The Big Pygmy|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||251 lb (114 kg; 17.9 st)|
|Reach||75.0 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
Team TakedownGrudge Training Center
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Justin Christopher Wren (born April 27, 1987) is an American humanitarian worker and a professional mixed martial artist, currently competing in the heavyweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2006, Wren has also formerly competed for the UFC, and was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.
Amateur wrestling career
Wren enjoyed a highly successful and decorated wrestling career before venturing into MMA. He was a standout at Texas wrestling powerhouse Bishop Lynch High School, where he was coached by Olympic Gold Medalists Kenny Monday and Kendall Cross. During that time, he was a two time Prep State Champion (2004, 2005) and a two time Prep all-American, winning the Prep National Championship his senior year in Lehigh, PA.
While he was indeed a standout collegiate-style wrestler, Wren's greatest success came in the Greco Roman style. He was a two time All-American in that discipline, winning the national championship in Fargo, ND the summer after his senior year in high school ('05). This championship gained him national attention and earned him a scholarship to the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University to train for the Olympics to compete in Greco Roman wrestling.
Mixed martial arts
Wanting to try his hand at Division I college wrestling, Wren attended Iowa State University to compete for then coach Cael Sanderson, however, he sustained an injury training before he could join the team. To stay active, Wren entered local fights around Iowa and began his MMA career.
Wren won his first four fights by knockout before taking his first loss. His opponent was Matt Thompson. Wren then won five more fights and was ten and one before appearing on TUF. Heading into the tenth installment of The Ultimate Fighter, Wren had trained all over the world but found his permanent home in Denver, CO with TUF 10 coach Trevor Wittman.
The Ultimate Fighter
Wren was on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter fighting for Team Rashad. He was picked third for his team and sixth overall. On episode five, Wren fought UFC veteran Wes Sims, defeating him via first round technical submission from an arm triangle.
Wren then moved on to the quarter-finals and fought Roy Nelson in a controversial two round majority decision loss that many spectators at ring side, including Dana White, felt should have gone to a third round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On Jan. 23, Wren announced he has signed a deal with an unnamed promotion. Jan. 26, the promotion was named as the Ring of Fire MMA based in Colorado. He fought and defeated Josh Henry in his début for Ring of Fire by TKO in the first round.
After injuring his back from a slam in his most recent victory over Josh Robertson, Wren will undergo a corrective procedure to repair six or seven discs in his back. He plans to return "pretty soon".
In July 2015, Wren signed a five-fight contract with Bellator MMA. After five years away from the sport, Wren made his promotional debut against Josh Burns at Bellator 141 on August 28, 2015. He won the fight by unanimous decision. He won his second Bellator bout against Juan Torres on February 19, 2016, also by unanimous decision. 
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||13 wins||2 losses|
|Win||13-2||Roman Pizzolato||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Bellator 174||March 3, 2017||1||2:35||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||12-2||Juan Torres||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 149||February 19, 2016||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||11-2||Josh Burns||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 141||August 28, 2015||3||5:00||Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||10-2||Josh Robertson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Fight Force International: Blood & Sand 8||July 17, 2010||2||4:55||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||9-2||Reggie Higgins||Decision (unanimous)||MMA Xplosion: Fight Night II at the Hard Rock||May 22, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8-2||Josh Henry||TKO (punches)||Ring of Fire 37: Warlords||March 5, 2010||1||1:20||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||7-2||Jon Madsen||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale||December 5, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7-1||Lamar Coleman||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Brutaal: Hilton Coliseum||April 11, 2009||1||1:03||Ames, Iowa, United States|
|Win||6-1||Chris Guillen||TKO (punches)||Xp3: The Proving Ground||July 26, 2008||2||1:45||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||5-1||Ralph Kelly||TKO (corner stoppage)||C3 Fights: Contenders||January 19, 2008||2||3:00||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||4-1||Tony Guined||Submission (guillotine choke)||Ultra Pure Productions: Graveyard Smash||October 31, 2007||1||3:04||Conroe, Texas, United States|
|Loss||3-1||Matt Thompson||TKO (referee stoppage)||Art of War 2||May 11, 2007||2||0:27||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||3-0||Justin Howard||TKO (punches)||Art of War 1||March 9, 2007||2||1:32||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||2-0||Brian Ewers||TKO (punches)||ECF: Winter War||January 27, 2007||1||0:42||Spirit Lake, Iowa, United States|
|Win||1-0||Ronald Stackhouse||TKO (punches)||Masters of the Cage 7||December 2, 2006||1||1:45||Norman, Oklahoma, United States|
Justin has done a number of charity drives and expeditions for his charity Fight for the Forgotten, with his work being featured on The Joe Rogan Experience. He published an account of his life (co-authored by Loretta Hunt) and work with the Pygmy people, also entitled 'Fight for the Forgotten', in September 2015.
Justin has used a portion of his earnings from MMA to buy land and build fresh water wells for the Pygmy people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His solution uses local workforce and can be walked into the often otherwise inaccessible areas to well drilling machinery, initially they find well locations using a vertical electrical sounding machine  supplied by their partner charity Water4.
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