About Jimmy UFC FIGHTER / SEASONED MMA PROFESSIONAL
FULL NAME: Jimmy ‘Judo’ Wallhead
- UFC Fighter
- Judo Black Belt
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt
- Seasoned MMA Professional / Instructor
- Multiple British MMA Champion
- Represented Great Britain in Judo
- 3x Under 21 British Judo Champion
- Competed on KSW, Cage warriors, Bamma, Bellator and now the UFC!
Jimmy ‘Judo’ Wallhead is currently one of the most explosive and exciting MMA fighters in the UK today with 13 wins by K.O and 17 first round victories to date, and notable wins over the likes of Matt Veach, Che Mills, Joey Villasenor and . A hugely respected MMA practitioner, Jimmy has been teaching MMA at Lions for over 5 years.
His journey into martial arts began aged 7 at Beaumont Leys Judo Club under Sensei Rocky Edwards progressing at 16 years old to becoming a full time Judoka under Olympic Silver Medallist, Neil Adams. It was under Neil Adams, that Jimmy earned his black belt along with 3 under 21’s British Championships titles and a place at the European Youth Olympics.
After drifting away from judo and losing focus, he was offered an MMA fight by chance reigniting his passion for martial arts. After winning 2 fights and losing 2 fights with no proper training, he bumped into Dan Hardy. Jimmy was invited by Dan to train at Team Rough House in Nottingham. Reluctant at first, but with the support of his now wife Joanna, Jimmy made the journey to train with Team Rough House and believes it changed his life and the person he has become today.
Credited with coaching many up and coming UK talents, Jimmy’s is considered one of the top MMA coaches in the UK today. Now also co owner of one of the UK’s leading amateur MMA shows FIGHT UK, the UFC fighter presence in MMA is set to continue for years to come.
I began training in martial arts age 7 after my mum took me to judo instead of karate after watching the karate kid!! I had the hump for a bit but when I finally got on the mat I loved it!! I then went on to win numerous cadet and junior titles and competed at the European youth Olympics.
I have trained in Judo, Boxing, Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, NoGI, Wrestling and MMA.
I train 365 days a year pretty much. Training just intensifies in fight camp and my diet tightens up more.
What does it mean for you to fight professionally? What does it mean for you to fight professionally?
I love doing what I do, I love the euphoria that comes from competition, nothing else compares to it!
I have beaten some high calibre opponents and fought in sold old venues. My K.O. at the sold out Wembley Arena on KSW was an amazing feeling but I have to say, achievement wise, fighting in the UFC was my long term ambition and is my dream come true.
I began coaching at 17 when I took on my first judo club, I love being an instructor, watching people grow, improve and achieve their own personal goals is great to be a part of.