Judo Jimmy Wallhead, (23-7 MMA), is a fast rising welterweight prospect with power in his hands and an all round skill set. He takes on Matt Veach at BAMMA 12 this weekend, in the main event. Jimmy took some time out to answer some questions about the upcoming fight and his MMA journey to date.
Hi Jimmy, thanks for taking the time to do this. Can you tell people a little about yourself?
“Cool, I’m full time mma fighter/coach from Loughborough and out of fighting I just spend my time with my mrs and 2 kids: watching movies and doing family activities. That’s basically me”.
You are fighting Matt Veach at Bamma 12. How much do you know about him and how tough do you think the fight will be?
“I know quite about him. He is a three time UFC veteran and had a fight of the night bonus against Frankie Edgar. He is a former all American division one wrestler and can bang a bit so it’s an interesting fight”.
You have fought at BAMMA before. How good is it to fight for them?
“It’s the best and there is no where I else I would rather be fighting!”
What do you see as your best skills?
” I genuinely believe I’m a solid all rounder and I’m always trying to grow my game in every range”.
How is your training going? Is there anything you’ve had to change for this fight?
“Very well thank you. I have changed a few things, added some new coaches, new nutritionist and a new mind set. So i’m alot more relaxed and comfortable in my preparation”.
Last time out you lost to Lyman Good, fighting for Bellator. But alot of people say you learn more in defeat! How much did you learn and how was the whole Bellator experience?
“I learnt that I travel and fight shit basically (laughs). The bellator contract expired and I was only fighting once a year so to be honest I’m very happy to be back with Bamma and aiming for 4 fights this year”.
You have beaten some tough names in MMA. What has been your career highlight to date?
“Without a doubt back to back wins over Frank Trigg and Joey Villasenor”.
I will never experience getting into the cage and fighting. And for that I have so much respect for everyone who does it. What’s the feeling like when the cage door is shut and it’s just you and your opponent?
“Yeah it’s a surreal feeling. It never changes and its a surreal focused time. I kind of switch onto autopilot and just enjoy the experience”.
What do you find as the most challenging aspect of MMA?
“(laughs) It has to be dieting, it sucks! I can’t stand it and would eat dominoes everyday if I could”.
What is the best thing about fighting and what motivates you to fight?
“The buzz of a fight, the steeliness and the feeling when you have early victory. The tougher the fight, the greater feeling! My family motivates me to fight as I want to make them proud of me”.
What’s the biggest piece of advice you have ever received?
“Don’t smoke crack??? Joking a side properly always live in the present try lead a positive lifestyle”.
Thanks again for taking the time. Anybody you’d like to thank?
“My coaches:Owen king,Owen Comrie,Mark Jarvis, Lee Livingstone, Victor Estima,Trevor Hoskins, my sport therapist Paul White and my nutritionist Ben crook. And my amazing sponsors: Gray ridgeway at QAV,Multipower professional,booster fight gear, CSS security,vibram five fingers,primal lifestyle and my manager WadAlameddine”.