Jimmy ‘Judo’ Wallhead 31-11-0 is an English professional Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Welterweight division. He has competed for the United Kingdom Regionals, 2 Hot 2 Handle, M-1 Global, Clash of Warriors, KnuckleUp MMA, Akhmat Fight Club, BAMMA, Bellator MMA, UFC and Cage Warriors.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to speak to me again today Jimmy and also congratulate you on your upcoming inclusion on the CW141 card.
“Thank you, no worries.”
I hope training camp has been going well in the build-up to your return to the CW cage?
“Yes, going well I feel! Weights coming down and can feel fitness and sharpness returning, really enjoying being back in the mix.”
Many regard you as one of the pioneers of the UK MMA scene, a title well deserved when looking back on your illustrious career. 16 years on the professional circuit, Spanning across 11 different highly regarded organisations. How does it feel to be thought of in such high regard by so many?
“Well, that’s pretty flattering thank you, didn’t realise that was the case haha!! I just love this sport and I’m happy I’m still feeling in a position to compete.”
What does it mean to you to still be striving to succeed at the highest level at this stage of your career?
“Yeah, as I said, I love to compete and I know I have plenty left. I train with some great talents and I’m still in the mix and whilst that’s the case, I belong in the cage.”
Across this time you have showcased your toolset through 42 phenomenal bouts. It must be hard to single out a singular highlight of such a vast career in the cage. Is there a moment in the proverbial lion’s den that will forever hold a highlight reel in your memory?
July 22nd you are set to take the walk down to the cage where it all began once again. With a 3 year absence from competitive action, how does it feel to once again grace the CW cage?
“I’m buzzing to be back at CW. I’m coming back to compete but I’m hunting at the top, don’t wanna be a journeyman just yet.”
Does this return signify that the fans of the biggest stages in Europe will get to see you on a more regular basis for the London based organisation?
“I’ve signed for 5 fights and all being well, body holds up, I can do the lot.”
The date is set in stone, you’ll be facing off against Daniel Skibiński, who recently went toe to toe with Welterweight Title contender Justin Burlinson back at CW135 back in April. What do you make of your opponent leading up to your highly anticipated return?
“Skibinski is very good for sure, a very tough first fight back no doubt. Train’s at great camps and well rounded with big aspirations, I’m pretty excited for the test to be honest.”
Many exceptional bouts have been chalked in for CW’s return to the Indigo at the O2. Other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?
“I’ve seen a few fights booked, looks like it’s going to be an exceptional night of action. I’m So happy to be part of it”
I wish you all the best for your return Jimmy and I look forward to witnessing you out there.
“thank you dude”
Last but not least do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance and anybody you’d like to give a shout-out to?
“thank you to everyone that’s travelling down to support me, means the world! Make sure you scream the place down!!”