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"Judo" Jim Wallhead (born March 14, 1984) is an English professional mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2005, Wallhead fought in various promotions, though predominantly in Cage Warriors before signing a contract with Bellator Fighting Championships in 2009 [1]. Wallhead holds a Black Belt in Judo; was a three time Under 21 British Judo Champion and a former British Judo Youth Games Team Member.[2]

Mixed martial artsEdit

BackgroundEdit

Although he comes from a Judo background, Wallhead explains his fighting style as "a mix of stand up with good takedowns and strong GNP (ground-and-pound); taking the fight wherever is best for me depending on my opponent’s weaknesses,”. He says that his main strength is his takedown defence, which helps him control the fight.[3]

Wallhead joined Team Rough House in 2005, following back-to-back losses between May and July 2005.[4] Wallhead is still a member of Team Rough House to this date, alongside fighters such as Dan Hardy ,Ross Pearson, Paul Daley and Andre Winner. Like fellow Team Rough House member Andre Winner, Wallhead also trains under Head Coach Nathan Leverton at the Leicester Shootfighters gym, where Wallhead also coaches.[5] Wallhead also trains Muay Thai with the former Multi Time Kickboxing Champion Owen Comerie[6], who previously trained Dan Hardy. Wallhead works his strength and conditioning with Ollie Richardson at the Leicester Tigers Rugby Union training ground.[7]

Early CareerEdit

Early in his career, Wallhead was associated with the Urban Combat Leicester team. He made his semi-professional debut against Steve Matthews on April 8th in a two-round fight. This fight was fought at heavyweight, at the "Cage Warriors: Quest" event and Wallhead was able to make quick work of his opponent; defeating him with a rear naked choke after 27 seconds of the first round.[8]

Wallhead soon turned pro and on the 30th April, made his debut at "Cage Warriors: Ultimate Force event. Jim fought Leslee Ojugbana and was able to make quick work of his opponent, utilising knee strikes from the clinch, whilst being able to prevent Ojugbana from succeeding with takedown attempts. After one-sided striking from Wallhead, Ojugbana gave up his back and Wallhead was able to pull off a rear naked choke, for his debut win after just 64 seconds.

Wallhead was back in action just weeks later and made his second professional appearance against Boris Jonstomp at Cage Warriors: Strike Force. This fight was fought at the lower weight of middleweight and saw Wallhead succeed with judo throw attempts early in the fight. However, Wallhead's ground game was not to the same standard at Jonstomp's and he lost via first round submission (neck crank) after 4:20.

This was followed up by his second consecutive loss, two months later at the Cage Warriors: Quest 2 event, at the hands of Chris Rice. Wallhead was TKOd 3:32 into the first round, resulting in a 1-2 record at the start of his MMA career. With this loss, Wallhead joined Team Rough House alongside Dan Hardy and upon doing so, dropped two weight categories to his current status as a welterweight.[4]

Affiliation with Team Rough HouseEdit

In his welterweight debut and first fight under Team Rough House, Wallhead came back strong. At Cage Warriors: Strike Force 3, Wallhead faced Greco-Roman wrestler Steve Singh-Sidhu. Though Wallhead had dropped to welterweight, he still had a considerable weight advantage over his opponent who weighed in at 3.5kg less than Wallhead. This perhaps was significant as Singh-Sidhu's strikes seemed to have little bearing on Wallhead, who was able to land takedowns and a standing choke. Midway through the first round, Singh-Sidhu appeared to be backing away from Wallhead, who chased him down with punches and knees to the head. After a shin strike to the head, Singh-Sidhu's corner threw in the towel, resulting in a first round TKO victory for Wallhead.

Wallhead has also shown improving boxing and some explosive KO power in his most recent fights, most noticeably against Tom Haddock in April 2008[9] and against the BJJ Black Belt Fabio Toldo in 2008, which was described by one of Wallhead's team mates as 'one of the worst knockouts they've seen'.[10]

Wallhead has also seen Title glory during his MMA career as he has previously captured the Cage Gladiators British Welterweight Title defeating the UFC veteran Jason Tan[11]. Wallhead is also known for winning the 2h2h 2006 "Road to Japan" under 83kg Tournament, despite flying over to Holland on just 48 hours notice and fighting in a higher weight class too.[12][13] He is also the reigning House of Pain British Welterweight Champion and the Clash of Warriors World Welterweight Champion.[14] He was an alternate for the welterweight division on The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom.[15]

In November 2009, Wallhead scored the best win of his career when he defeated the UFC Ultimate Fighter Season 9 participant Che Mills at Knuckleup At The Manor in Newport, Wales. [16] That victory led to several major websites and even the British Newspaper The Sun to speculate that Wallhead may be headed to the UFC. [17]

Bellator Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

However, in December 2009, Wallhead was signed by the Bellator Fighting Championships to compete in their 2010 eight man, number 1 contender Welterweight Tournament, which will kick off on April 8th 2010.[18] Upon signing with Bellator Wallhead was quoted as saying "This is exactly what I’ve been wanting. Let down after let down came my way but now good things are happening."[19]

Wallhead is currently on a six fight win streak which has seen him ranked in both the UK and European top 10 rankings (4th in the UK [20] and 6th in Europe[21]).

He is currently training with the rest of the "Team Rough House" members as he prepares to make his Bellator debut at Bellator 15. Wallhead will have his first fight in the welterweight tournament against American, Jacob McClintock.[22]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location' Notes
United States flag Jacob McClintock Bellator 15 02010-
April
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22 April 2010
United States flag Texas, USA WW Quarter-Final Tournament Bout
Win England flag Che Mills Decision (Unanimous) KUMMA - Mills vs. Wallhead 02009-
November
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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1 November 2009
3 5:00 Wales flag Newport, Wales
Win Lithuania flag Marius Buzinskas Submission (Rear Naked Choke) COW 7 - No Way Out 02009-
September
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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5 September 2009
1 1:08 England flag Nottingham, England
Win Brazil flag Fabio Toldo KO (Punches) UF - Oblivion 02009-
May
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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16 May 2009
1 3:46 England flag Doncaster, England
Win Brazil flag Igor Araujo TKO (Punches) M-1 Challenge 7 - UK 02008-
September
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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27 September 2008
1 1:19 England flag Nottingham, England
Win Brazil flag Fabricio Nascimento Decision (Unanimous) CWFC - Enter The Rough House 7 02008-
July
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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12 July 2008
3 5:00 England flag Nottingham, England
Win Ireland flag Tom Haddock Submission (Punches) CWFC - Enter The Rough House 6 02008-
April
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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19 April 2008
2 3:49 England flag Nottingham, England
Loss United States flag Charles Blanchard Decision (Unanimous) CWFC USA - Battle Royale 02008-
March
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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29 March 2008
3 5:00 United States flag Florida, USA
Win United Kingdom flag Steven Lynch Submission (Rear Naked Choke) CWFC - Enter The Rough House 4 02007-
October
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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14 October 2007
1 1:53 England flag Nottingham, England
Win Lithuania flag Soli Clichko Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) CWFC - Enter The Rough House 3 02007-
July
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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21 July 2007
1 2:52 England flag Nottingham, England
Win 22px Jordan James Submission (Choke) HOP 9 - House Of Pain 9 02007-
June
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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3 June 2007
1 4:09 Wales flag Swansea, Wales
Win England flag Lewis Barrow Submission (Punches) CWFC - Enter The Rough House 2 02007-
April
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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28 April 2007
2 1:40 England flag Nottingham, England
Loss Germany flag Dennis Siver Submission (Armbar) CWFC - Enter The Rough House 02006-
December
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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12 December 2006
2 3:31 England flag Nottingham, England
Win England flag Jason Tan Decision (Split) CG II - The Next Generation 02006-
September
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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3 September 2006
3 5:00 England flag Liverpool, England
Win Netherlands flag Xander Nel TKO 2H2H - Road To Japan 02006-
June
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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18 June 2006
1 2:06 Netherlands flag Holland
Win France flag Camara Bouna Decision 2H2H - Road To Japan 02006-
June
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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18 June 2006
2 3:00 Netherlands flag Holland
Loss Germany flag Peter Angerer Submission (Choke) CWFC - Strike Force 6 02006-
May
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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27 May 2006
1 1:49 England flag Coventry, England
Win 22px John Phillips TKO HOP - Fight Night 5 02006-
April
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9 April 2006
1 1:41 22px Swansea, Wales
Win Norway flag Henning Svendsen TKO CWFC - Strike Force 3 02006-
March
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25 March 2006
1 2:06 England flag Coventry, England
Win 22px Paul Jenkins Decision (Majority) HOP - Fight Night 4 02005-
December
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3 December 2005
5 5:00 22px Cardiff, Wales
Win 22px Steve Singh-Sidhu TKO (Corner Stoppage) CWFC - Strike Force 3 02005-
October
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1 October 2005
1 3:14 England flag Coventry, England
Loss England flag Chris Rice TKO CWFC - Quest 2 02005-
July
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29 July 2005
1 3:32 England flag Sheffield, England
Loss France flag Boris Jonstomp Submission (Neck Crank) CWFC - Strike Force 02005-
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21 May 2005
1 4:20 England flag Coventry, England
Win England flag Leslee Ojugbana Submission (Rear Naked Choke) CWFC - Ultimate Force 02005-
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30 April 2005
1 1:04 England flag Sheffield, England

ReferencesEdit

  1. Top British fighter Jim Wallhead signed for Bellator's season-two welterweight tourney
  2. http://www.cagewarriors.com/fighter.106.htm
  3. http://www.mmamadness.com/2009/08/the-new-breed-jim-wallhead/
  4. 4.0 4.1 Template:Cite news
  5. http://leicestermma.wordpress.com/leicester_shootfighters
  6. http://www.jimmywallheadmma.co.uk/biography-jimmy-wallhead-mma.htm
  7. http://www.sherdog.com/news/press%20releases/Jim-Wallhead-To-Face-The-Brazilian-Bad-Boy-14499
  8. http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Dan-Hardy-Claims-Another-Win-In-Sheffield-2661
  9. http://www.fightersonlymagazine.co.uk/news/viewarticle.php?id=570
  10. http://www.fightersonlymagazine.co.uk/news/viewarticle.php?id=2432
  11. http://www.fightopinion.com/2006/09/08/cage-gladiators-2-next-generation-results/
  12. http://www.ironlife.com/forum/showthread.php?t=74883
  13. http://www.ironlife.com/forum/showthread.php?t=74705
  14. http://www.loughboroughecho.net/loughborough-sport/other-sport/2009/09/11/wallhead-world-champion-after-dramatic-late-twist-73871-24649403/
  15. http://www.aroundtheoctagon.com/?p=1721
  16. http://www.fightersonlymagazine.co.uk/eventreports/viewarticle.php?id=3342&offset=1
  17. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/ufc/2710251/Jimmy-Wallhead-sends-message-to-UFC-matchmaker-Joe-Silva.html
  18. http://www.bellator.com/BellatorFightingChampionshipsfiles/PressRelease41.htm
  19. http://www.mmaunltd.com/fighters/interview-details.asp/id/49/wallhead-interview-talks-bellator-fc-signing.htm
  20. http://www.mmaunltd.com/fighters/
  21. http://www.groundandpound.de/mma/rankings/european-top-ten/weltergewicht/
  22. Bellator welterweight tourney kicks off at Bellator 14 and Bellator 15, matchups set. Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved on 2010-02-26.

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