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JUSTIN WILLIS

AGE

31

RECORD

8-2-0

REACH

78”

HEIGHT

6'1"

WEIGHT

265LB

STANCE

SOUTHPAW

CAMP

AMERICAN KICKBOXING ACADEMY

HOMETOWN

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, USA

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT MARCH 2019 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 148 – VS CURTIS BLAYDES

RESULT – LOST VIA 3rd DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Willis is in the southpaw stance. Blaydes is in the orthodox stance. Blaydes opens the fight with a hard leg kick! Willis takes the center. Stiff jab to the body lands for Blaydes! Another hard leg kick lands for Blaydes! He is the aggressor early. Blaydes level changes and pushes Willis against the fence. Blaydes is working for a takedown. Hard knee to the body lands for Blaydes. 1st min in, Blaydes takes the body lock and scores the takedown. Blaydes immediately looking for the mount position! Willis is in trouble early! Willis is looking calm on the bottom. Blaydes takes the back of Willis! Willis is searching for his way to his feet. Willis is back to his feet. However, Blaydes picks him up and slams him with a body lock! Halfway in, Blaydes is destroying Willis! Willis manages to stand once again but gets himself slammed once again! Blaydes lands a couple of hard knees to the body! Willis is controlling the wrist. He is looking to separate the hands of Blaydes. Blaydes is doing a phenomenal job of controlling Willis on the mat. 1 min to go, Willis is back on his feet. Blaydes still has a body lock. Willis goes for another ride to the mat. Blaydes is displaying his insane wrestling skills in this round. 10-9 Blaydes 

Rd 2 – Willis slowly takes the center. Blaydes is moving on the outside. He explodes with a big right hand! Willis is hurt! Blaydes immediately dives for a takedown! Blaydes takes the body lock and slams Willis down to the mat! Blaydes is looking superb. 1st min in, Blaydes is looking to take the back of Willis. He almost has one hook in. Blaydes slowly passes the guard and steps over into the mount! Willis is in all sorts of trouble! Blaydes is putting strong pressure on Willis. He postures and lands a big right hand! Willis is looking relaxed on the bottom. He is slowly working for his way back to his feet. Blaydes continues his dominance. Halfway in, Willis is carrying the weight of Blaydes. He looks for the kimura in order to reverse the position. Blaydes sees it coming and defends. Willis is wasting a lot of energy. Blaydes opens up with the knees. Willis is back on his feet. However, Blaydes slams him once again! Blaydes is destroying Willis in this fight! 1 min to go, Blaydes is landing hard body punches! Willis is taking a lot of damage. Willis is looking exhausted and desperate. Blaydes is grinding from the top position. 10-9 Blaydes  

Rd 3 – Blaydes is throwing faints. Willis is looking tired. He has landed only one significant strike in this fight so far! Blaydes moves in lands hard inside leg kick! Willis counters with the one-two combination, blocked by Blaydes. Blaydes is looking for his way into the takedown. 1st min in, Blaydes is switching his stances. He keeps Willis guessing. Blaydes dives for a single leg, Willis defends. Willis is waiting for a counter. He is flat-footed. Blaydes steps into range and level changes for a single leg. Willis is defending against the fence. Halfway in, Blaydes is working for a takedown. Willis is doing a good job defending. Blaydes is putting strong pressure on Willis. He takes the body lock but fails to complete the takedown. Willis is trying to separate. Blaydes lands a knee to the body on the separation. He level changes and scores a double leg takedown. He immediately takes the side control position. Willis rolls to his right and gives his back to Blaydes! 1 min to go, Blaydes is busy with the ground and pound. Willis crawls to the fence and tries to stand up. Willis is back on his feet. Blaydes is controlling him with a body lock. 10-9 Blaydes 

WATCH FIGHT

DECEMBER 2018 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 142 – VS MARK HUNT

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Willis is in the southpaw stance. Hunt is in the orthodox stance. Hunt quickly takes the center and establishes the pressure. Both fighters are respecting the power of each other. Willis opens the fight with a kick to the body. Hunt responds with a hard leg kick! Hunt explodes with a left hand, just misses. 1st min in, Willis fires an overhand left and partially lands. Both fighters are patient and looking for the openings. Nice straight right hand lands for Hunt. Willis misses with a counter right. Willis is searching for his timing on the counter punches. Big kick to the body lands for Hunt but he eats a right hand counter! Both fighters exchange punches. Hunt is the aggressor. He fires another kick to the body and lands. He is looking to empty the gas tank of Willis. Halfway in, Willis is busy with the jab. He is swinging power shots and missing, wasting a lot of energy in the process. Willis is keeping his distance with the lateral movement. Hunt closes the distance and lands a straight right. He wants to exchange. 1 min to go, hard kick to the body lands for Hunt! His kickboxing is looking sharp in this fight so far. Willis has a hard time closing the distance. Hunt is outboxing him on the feet. Nice jab lands for Willis. 10-9 Hunt 

Rd 2 – Willis opens the round with a stiff jab. Hard inside leg kick lands for Willis! He is looking confident. Hunt is waiting for a counter. Willis explodes and misses with the power left. Willis is moving to his right, away from the power of Hunt. 1st min in, Nice hook to the body lands for Hunt. He is keeping Willis on his back foot. Hunt is walking Willis down, looking to explode with the power punches. He moves in and lands another jab to the body. Willis is passive with the strikes. Hunt is looking to set up the overhand punch with a couple of body punches. Hunt fires a big right hand, just misses. Both fighters are showing good standup defense. Halfway in, Willis lands a couple of jabs. Stiff jab lands for Willis. Hunt has a hard time closing the distance. Willis is keeping his distance with a jab. He is very accurate. Nice one-two lands for Willis. He is slowly finding his rhythm in this round. He has a lot of success with a jab. 1 min to go, Hunt has a hard time closing the distance. Willis is showing good footwork, he is looking like a fresher fighter. Nice straight left lands for Willis. He is dominating the second part of the round. Hunt moves in but fails to connect with the punches. 10-9 Willis 

Rd 3 – Willis continues to work with a jab. Hunt fires a hard kick to the body and lands! Hard straight right lands for Willis! Hunt absorbs and continues with the pressure. He is working the body of Willis, looking to tire him out. Nice double jab lands for Willis. He is fighting the smart fight. Hunt is looking frustrated. He has no answer for the movement of Willis. Nice leg kick lands for Willis. Willis connects with a right hand over the top. He is outscoring Hunt on the fight. Whenever Hunts steps into the range, he is eating punches over the top. Halfway in, Both fighters exchange punches. Willis continues to work with the straight punches. Willis is picking Hunt apart from the outside the entire fight. Hunt moves in and explodes with a power right, just misses. He is looking desperate in his attacks. He swinging and missing. Willis sticks to the plan and continues to score with a jab. 1 min to go, Hunt is walking Willis down. Willis is outboxing Hunt in the last minute of the round. Hunt is clearly slowing down. He is breathing heavily. 10-9 Willis

WATCH FIGHT

APRIL 2018 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 128 – VS CHASE SHERMAN

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Willis takes the center. Willis closes the distance and lands a right hand. Sherman fires a kick to the body. Willis catches the leg but fails to complete the takedown. Big left hand lands for Willis! Sherman absorbs the shot. 1st min in, Sherman is moving to his left. Hard left hand lands for Willis! Sherman has felt that one. Willis pushes with the left hand. Sherman counters with the hard left hand! Both fighters are flat on their feet and looking to land big shots. Willis lands a kick to the groins. The referee stops the fight and gives Sherman time to recover. Sherman is fine. The fight continues. Sherman pushes forward with the one-two combination. Halfway in, Willis counters with the nasty left hand! Sherman goes down!!! Willis pushes for a finish! Willis is in the guard position. Sherman scrambles and he is back on his feet. Willis connects with another hard left hand! Sherman is firing punches but fails to connect. Sherman fires a kick to the body. Willis lands another right hook. Both fighters exchange hard punches. 1min to go, fighters are standing in the each-others face. Sherman pushes forward and initiates the clinch. Fighters are very passive in the clinch. 10-9 Willis

Rd 2 – Sherman is throwing a lot of faints at the beginning of the round. Sherman goes high with the kick, blocked by Willis. Sherman is active with the kicks and punches. Willis lands a right hand over the top. 1st min in, hard one-two combination lands for Willis! Sherman landed an eye poke. The referee stops the fight and gives Willis time to recover. Willis is fine. The fight continues. Willis pushes forward and connects with the straight right hand. Willis explodes again with the one-two combination. Willis is dominating the fight on the feet. Sherman lands a body kick. Halfway in, Willis is constantly connecting with the one-two combination. Sherman has a hard time landing anything significant. Sherman throws a head kick, Willis pushes forward and takes Sherman down to the mat. Willis is in the guard position. 1 min to go, Sherman is trying to stand up. Willis is passive from the top position. Sherman is doing a good job controlling Willis from the bottom. 10-9 Willis

Rd 3 – Both fighters exchange punches at the beginning of the round. Willis is working with a jab. Willis explodes with the one-two combination, misses. Sherman goes high with the kick. Willis catches the kick and initiates the clinch. Nice elbow lands for Sherman. 1st min in, Fighters are back in the center. Sherman is moving a lot. Sherman connects with the right hand. Sherman pushes forward and initiates the clinch. Willis is slowing down. Sherman is landing knees to the body. Short elbow lands for Sherman. Sherman separates and lands another elbow. Halfway in, every time Sherman moves forward, Willis counters with the right hook. Left hand lands for Willis. Sherman pushes for a clinch.  Sherman pushes forward and lands a short right hand. Big body shot lands for Willis! Sherman is more active. Sherman closes the distance as Willis initiates the clinch. 1 min to go, Sherman is landing with the left hand. Willis separates. Right hand lands for Willis. Sherman fires a head kick, blocked by Willis. 10-9 Sherman. 

WATCH FIGHT

DECEMBER 2017 UFC 2018 – VS ALLEN CROWDER

RESULT – WON VIA 1st RD KO (PUNCHES)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Crowder is in the orthodox stance. Willis is in the southpaw. Willis takes the center and starts putting pressure on Crowder. Crowder opens the fight with a leg kick. Nice step in left hand lands for Willis. Crowder fires another leg kick. Willis catches the kick and connects with a couple of hard left hands! Crowder is still setting up his timing. Crowder explodes and misses with the straight punches. 1st min in, Willis slips the left hand and counters with a hard knees to the body! Willis is looking calm and focused. Willis is walking Crowder down. Willis connects with a big left hand! Crowder absorbs the shot well. Crowder is dropping his right hand a lot. Willis is looking to explode with a left hand. Big uppercut lands for Willis! Willis is doing a lot of damage early in the fight. Crowder explodes with the right hand over the top. Willis slips away and counters with the big left hand! Willis is timing his shots well. Another big left hand lands for Willis! Crowder is hurt and moving backwards! Willis smells the finish and unloads on Crowder! Huge left hand drops Crowder unconscious!!! 

WATCH FIGHT

RECORD BREAKDOWN

10 MATCHES 8 WINS 2 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 4 1
SUBMISSION 0 0
DECISION 4 1
DRAWS 0
NO CONTEST

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Willis is a talented and intelligent standup fighter.
  • He is a former college football player.
  • As of the Blaydes fight, he had longest active win streak in UFC Heavyweight division (4).
  • He is the 1 of 3 Heavyweights to earn finishes by both elbow and knee strikes.
  • His standup is disciplined as seen against Hunt. He has educated jab and likes to score from the outside.
  • His footwork is very good as seen against Hunt and Sherman. He is always escaping the dangers with his movement.
  • He has a lot of power in his hands as seen against Sherman. However, he is not wasting his energy by swinging them all the time.
  • Also, Willis is very accurate with his striking as seen against Hunt and Sherman. He is picking his shots well.
  • His biggest weakness is his wrestling. Against Blaydes, he was easily taken down and dominated the entire fight.
  • His conditioning is good as seen against Blaydes. He was carrying the Weight of Blaydes the entire fight and still was looking fresh.