‘Judo’ Jimmy Wallhead (24-7) is no stranger to fighting under pressure having competed for Bellator, Bamma and Cage Warriors in his career. He will be up against it this Saturday when he locks horns with former TUF contestant Eddy Ellis for the Bamma World Welterweight Championship. Wallhead will be looking to score his second Bamma win on the bounce when he fights Ellis on Saturday night in Birmingham , with his last victory coming in March 2013 against another former UFC fighter Matt Veach. Wallhead has been involved in mixed martial arts for most of his life coming from a Judo background before joining Team Rough House in 2005. MMAnarchy caught up with Jimmy in the run up to Bamma 13 and asked him his thoughts on fighting for the title, what he learnt from his last loss and how preparation has been for Bamma 13. Here is what Judo Jimmy had to say:
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MMAnarchy – Turning the clock back to 9th March 2013 apart from it being the day before my 27th Birthday it was also the day that you absolutely destroyed Matt Veach at Bamma 12. Just how happy was you with your performance and was you expecting to win in such a dominant way?
Jimmy – I was very happy with the performance everything went to plan and I felt in a great place in the fight.
MMAnarchy – And now looking at your next fight you are lined up to take on Eddy Ellis in the co-main event of Bamma 13 for the Bamma World Welterweight Title. How are you feeling ahead of the fight and how has training been?
Jimmy – Well I’m very excited to be fighting for the Bamma title it’s been my goal last 2years, I’ve had a very food camp as well quite long but good I’m really looking forward to the fight.
MMAnarchy – You will be fighting Eddy Ellis who is probably best known for his stint on the UFC reality show TUF. What do you make of your opponent and how do you feel you match up with him style wise?
Jimmy – I think eddy is very well rounded and tough guy which means its going to be an entertaining fight as I believe I am the same so the fans should have a great night!
MMAnarchy – What would it mean to you to win the Bamma World Welterweight Championship and do you feel any added pressure given that the title is on the line?
Jimmy – It would be amazing as I said above its been my goal last two years so maybe there is added pressure but I’m calm and focused and really excited to be fighting again.
MMAnarchy – Throughout your career you have floated around in various weight divisions going from LHW to MW to WW back to MW then back to WW. You currently compete at WW and look comfortable at the weight, just how hard is the cut for you and do you think that you have finally found at home at 170lbs?
Jimmy – Yeah man welterweight is my home I make it very comfortable now I mean I’m very strict on my diet to get there but it’s very do able, I’m currently only 10lbs over n feeling good.
MMAnarchy – Have you changed anything during this training camp or has it been business as usual at Rough House in the run up to this fight?
Jimmy – Yeah business as usual just trying to improve my all round game to be honest.
MMAnarchy – Your last two red dots on your record came against Lyman Good and Rick Hawn under the Bellator banner. What did you learn from those losses?
Jimmy – A hell of a lot, I felt I massively under performed in both fights and after the Lyman fight I decide to reinvent myself or quit, so I reinvented myself got every base covered for first time from mental approach to nutrition and every area of mma.
MMAnarchy – What would you say has been your best victory so far in your career?
Jimmy – I can’t pick one but all my Bamma performances felt the best to me it’s me at my best at Bamma.
MMAnarchy – This will be your second outing of 2013. Injuries permitting how many fights would you ideally like to have in a year?
Jimmy – Yeah 3-4 would be nice but as u said injuries permitting I broke my hand against Veach, so hopefully this time I come through unscathed.
MMAnarchy – I know we are over a year on from the Olympics now but have you seen a rise in popularity in Judo since the Olympics?
Jimmy – I’m not massively involved on the judo scene no more unfortunately but I’m aiming to get involved again because I do miss it.
MMAnarchy – In terms of deciding what fight promotion to fight for what are your main deciding factors?
Jimmy – Good question. I guess I would say the promotion that make that extra special effort for you as the fighter and obviously publicity etc and money are major factors.
MMAnarchy – What kind of deal do you have with Bamma at the moment?
Jimmy – I have a 4 fight exclusive deal .
MMAnarchy – Finally is there anyone you would like to thank or mention?
Jimmy – My whole team and coaches. My sponsors, Gray Ridgeway at QAV, Multipower pro supplements, Ian Cox security, Almighty Fight wear, Booster Fight gear, 4DMMA,Matt Walton, Paul White, Blueberry Nutrition, Wayne Kirk and Wad Alameddine.
Be sure to follow Jimmy on twitter @JudoJimmy
Best of luck to Jimmy this weekend and be sure to watch Bamma 13 Saturday night on Channel 5.