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 26 July 2018, he is the #15 ranked contender in the official UFC heavyweight rankings.Contents
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 Early 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
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.
Willis then faced Allen Crowder at UFC 218 on December 2, 2017. Willis won via knockout.
Wills faced Chase Sherman on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128. He won the fight via unanimous decision.Mixed martial arts record Professional record breakdown 8 matches 7 wins 1 loss By knockout 4 1 By decision 3 0 Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes 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 Heavyweight debut. See also