Jimi’s meteoric rise has seen him become the UCMMA Light Heavy Weight Champion and successfully ‘Defend his title 5 times’. More recently he has become a contender for the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC).
In 2003 Jimi saw his best friend cage fighting and decided he wanted to start training. After winning his first few fights, 6ft and 205lb Jimi soon built up a reputation as a fierce competitor in cage fighting, winning a series of competitions. He now wants to train youngsters in the sport, which demands participants practice mixed martial arts and battle it out in the ring. He said:
“People might think it’s violent but it’s a sport, like boxing. You get to release energy and take your frustration out and it takes a lot of discipline. I think kids will be able to relate to me as I’ve come from the same place they have. When I speak to them they listen.”
Jimi began training in mixed martial arts in 2007 following a weight lifting injury where ruptured a chest muscle while bench pressing 185 kg (407+ lbs). He currently trains at Keddles Gym with Alan Keddle and Dino Miringou and at Nova Forca BJJ with Ricardo Da Silva. Jimi has yet to have a fight go to a Judges decision so far in his MMA Career.
Jimi fought for the UCMMA name since his third fight, becoming the promotion’s champion in his third fight under them. He has successfully defended his title 5 times, more than any other champion in the company, past or present.
During this time period, Jimi famously turned down a contract offer from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, feeling it wasn’t the right time in his career to accept it. He did state that reaching the UFC was his “ultimate goal” in the future. He was then offered to fight at the UFC 138 event, but also refused that one, citing that he hasn’t competed since summer of 2010, and that “If he fought on the October card that would have been after a fifteen month layoff, which is not ideal under any circumstances. You do need to be fighting regularly to stay sharp
He successfully defend his title for the 5th time at UCMMA 24: Hands of War against Nick Chapman.
After defending his title a record 5th time, Jimi signed a four-fight exclusive contract with BAMMA. He made his debut at BAMMA 8. He faced Frenchman Antony Rea and won the fight via TKO.
ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP
After turning down a UFC contract a few years ago, Jimi signed with the promotion in July 2012. Jimi made his UFC debut against TUF 8 contestant Kyle Kingsbury at UFC on Fuel TV 5, winning after 2 rounds by TKO due to doctor stoppage. The stoppage was declared after Kingsbury’s left eye had swollen shut.
For his second fight with the promotion, Jimi faced Cyrille Diabaté on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald. Jimi was declared the winner (TKO) after Diabaté was unable to continue after tearing a calf muscle near the end of the first round.
Outside of the fighting world Jimi has recently launched his very own all natural nutrition for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. WarriorNRG represents everything Jimi believes.