Jim Wallhead Looking Forward To Making An Impact In 2009
“Judo” Jimmy Wallhead is one of the UK’s and Europe top unsigned Welterweights. With an impressive record of 15-5-0, this 24 year old has torn through the domestic ranks since making his pro debut in 2005, and has also encountered success abroad too, having won the 2006 2h2h “Road To Japan” tournament on just 72 hours notice. With coverage on key websites and publications around the world, Wallhead is on the cusp of big things and his exciting style and results more than justify his 5th place in the current European Welterweight rankings.
Holding a Judo Black Belt, this three times Under 21 British Judo Champion and former British Judo Youth Games Team Member started his MMA career as a Light-Heavyweight before joining up with the formidable Team Rough House after meeting Dan Hardy and his crew on the UK MMA circuit. He soon cut down to Middleweight and then Welterweight and since his pro MMA debut in April of 2005, has impressed many with his aggressive grappling, ground and pound and increasing stand-up skills. This skills have seen him defeat the likes of Paul Jenkins, John Phillips, plus the UFC veterans; Steve Lynch and Jason Tan before he started his successful 2008 campaign.
In 2008, the Leicester based fighter had his best year to-date, as it saw him make his US debut against the American Top Team stand-out Charles Blanchard, at the inaugural Cage Warriors USA show in Florida last march. However despite a promising start Wallhead was narrowly defeated by decision.
Nevertheless Wallhead soon rebounded just three weeks later in Nottingham, England, where he defeated the Irish striker Tom Haddock in a Middleweight division bout at Cage Warriors: Enter The Rough House 6. Despite suffering from injuries caused in his previous bout that affected his grappling, Wallhead was able to dominate the fight standing, flooring the Irishman in the 1st round. He then finished the job in the second with a series of prolonged ground and pound that occurred after Wallhead dropped the tough Irishman again with a right cross just seconds earlier.
Then inspired by his team mate Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy, who signed for the UFC a few months earlier, Wallhead took another step-up and took on the former Ultimate Combat World Champion and the current Ultimate Warrior Challenge and Kombat League Welterweight Champion Fabricio Nascimento at Cage Warriors Enter The Rough House 7. The bout took place in front of a packed house at the Harvey Hadden centre where Wallhead scored one of his biggest wins of his career in front of a Channel 5 documentary film team , former WBO Cruiserweight World Boxing Champion Johnny Nelson and the former Tory MP Michael Portillio.
Wallhead displayed a anti BJJ masterclass against the Italian based BJJ Black Belt, avoiding many of the tricks and mind games of the wily veteran and systematically breaking him down in an entertaining affair which was highlighted by Wallhead’s takedown defence, pinpoint ground and Pound and ability to avoid the unorthodox attacks of the Brazilian.
Wallhead then turned his attention to a “Superfight” at the M-1 Challenge show in Nottingham, where he faced another BJJ Black Belt in the form of “The Brazilian Bad Boy” Igor Araujo. “Judo Jim” prepared for that fight by training with the Leicester Tigers Rugby Union Squad at their Welford Road ground, as part of his strength and conditioning regime. Whilst also training with his usual team, Wallhead also travelled to the world famous Xtreme Couture facility in Las Vegas, where he looked to add to his already vast skillset by training with some of the world’s elite MMA stars.
At the M-1 Challenge, Wallhead once again showed how dominant he can be. As the popular British fighter made it three wins in a row by stubbing out an early takedown attempt by Araujo, before forcing the Brazilian to the mat, where Wallhead landed a salvo of fierce ground and pound which TKO’ed his opponent after just 1.19 of the first round. Wallhead’s 80 second TKO once again had the critics singing his praises as more rave reviews appeared across the internet and in various MMA magazines.
Since then Wallhead has been back training at Leicester Shootfighters and after a break of four months have had seen several broken promises and opportunities that have fallen by the wayside. He is now back and is looking forward to continue his impressive run of form that has seen Wallhead win 10 of his last 12 MMA bouts over the past few years.
Warrior Promotions (Wallhead’s management team) are now looking for fight opportunities outside of the British Isles for one of the hottest talents in the European Welterweight scene. To contact Warrior Promotions e-mail them here and stayed tuned to www.cagewarriors.com for an interview with Jim Wallhead and more UK MMA news including the newly formed BFC and much more.
Information on Warrior Promotions
Warrior Promotions is one the longest established MMA promotion in the UK, having staged over 37 successful events since 2002 through its Cage Warriors Fighting Championship promotion, retaining notable stars such as; Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy, Gegard Mousasi, Jeff Monson, Antonio De Silva Junior & Rosi Sexton as its current Title Belt Holders.
It is also the most successful UK management agency for aspiring MMA fighters and retains and constantly develops worldwide links within the sport. 2009 will herald an all new line up of the ‘British Warriors’ as an invincible force to dominate MMA around the world as it travels across Europe, Asia and the Americas in its quest for global submission. 2TUF2TAP, the signature brand owned by Warrior Promotions will also be surging back onto retailers shelves as part of a massive marketing and media campaign and spearheaded by a series of MMA events.
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