Jimy Hettes

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Jimy Hettes
Jimy Hettes at Mohegan Sun Arena after winning MMA Melee Featherweight Championship.jpg
Jimy Hettes at the Mohegan Sun Arena
Born James Michael Hettes
(1987-06-09) June 9, 1987 (age 31)
Kingston, Pennsylvania
Other names The Kid
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)
Fighting out of Swoyersville, Pennsylvania
Team Northeast Jiu Jitsu, World Class Boxing, AMA Fight Club
Rank Brown belt in Judo[1]
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active 2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 11
By submission 10
By decision 1
Losses 3
By knockout 2
By decision 1
Website http://www.jimhettes.com
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

James Michael Hettes (born June 9, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing as a featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


Hettes is a 2-time Keystone State Games Judo Gold Medalist and earned the nickname "Judo Jim" at Greg Jackson's Camp in Albuquerque, NM. Hettes started boxing at age 14 and started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 16 and is currently the head instructor at Northeastern Ju-Jitsu in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania. Hettes attended Luzerne County Community College for Criminal Justice.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Hettes was originally expected to make his UFC debut in December 2010 as part of The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale card; Hettes turned the offer down due to prior engagements with another promotion. On July 16, 2011, Hettes officially signed with the UFC after winning the MMA Melee - MASS Featherweight Championship Belt.[2]

As a late replacement to an injured Leonard Garcia.[3] Hettes made his promotional debut on August 14, 2011 against Alex Caceres on 10 days notice. He won via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:12 of round 2.

Hettes defeated Nam Phan on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141.[4] Hettes used his superior judo to take Phan down repeatedly, and also utilized excellent control on the ground. He landed a great deal of unanswered ground and pound and threatened with submissions throughout, taking a dominant unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26).

Hettes was expected to face Steven Siler on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4.[5] However, Hettes was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Joey Gambino.[6]

Hettes faced Marcus Brimage on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.[7] He lost the fight via unanimous decision, his first professional loss.

Hettes was expected to face Steven Siler on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159.[8] However, Hettes was forced to pull out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Kurt Holobaugh.[9]

After 13 months away, Hettes returned to the UFC in October 2013. He was expected to face Mike Wilkinson on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30.[10] However, Wilkinson pulled out of the bout in the week leading up the bout and was replaced by newcomer Robert Whiteford.[11] Hettes won the fight via submission in the second round.

Hettes next faced Dennis Bermudez on March 15, 2014 at UFC 171. He lost the bout via TKO due to strike in the third round.

Hettes was expected to face Diego Brandão on January 31, 2015 at UFC 183.[12] However, the fight was canceled right before the event started, as Hettes passed out backstage. He was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.[13] Subsequently, the bout with Brandão was rescheduled for April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox 15.[14] During a back-and-forth first round, an elbow strike from Brandão opened up Hettes' cauliflower ear. The attending doctor stopped the fight between the first and second rounds, resulting in a TKO loss for Hettes.

Hettes was expected to face Charles Rosa on January 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 81,[15] but pulled out of the fight due to injury.

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

  • Martial Arts Super Sport
    • MASS Featherweight Championship (One time)
  • Pennsylvania Cage Fight Series
    • Pennsylvania Cage Fight Series Featherweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–3 Diego Brandão TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold April 18, 2015 1 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss 11–2 Dennis Bermudez TKO (punches and knee) UFC 171 March 15, 2014 3 2:57 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 11–1 Robert Whiteford Technical Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz October 26, 2013 2 2:17 Manchester, England
Loss 10–1 Marcus Brimage Decision (unanimous) UFC 152 September 22, 2012 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 10–0 Nam Phan Decision (unanimous) UFC 141 December 30, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 Alex Caceres Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle August 14, 2011 2 3:12 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 8–0 Jacob Kirwan Submission (triangle choke) MASS: Inauguration July 16, 2011 2 3:58 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States Won the MASS Featherweight Championship
Win 7–0 George Sheppard Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fight 6 November 26, 2010 2 3:05 Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States Catchweight (152 lbs) bout.[16]
Win 6–0 Dwayne Shelton Submission (guillotine choke) Cage Fight 5 August 13, 2010 1 0:49 Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States Won the Pennsylvania CFS Featherweight Championship
Win 5–0 James Jones Submission (rear-naked choke) Shogun Fights 2 March 27, 2010 1 0:28 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 4–0 Jay Haas Submission (heel hook) Cage Fight 2 November 27, 2009 1 0:47 Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 3–0 Steven Baker Submission (armbar) Shogun Fights October 24, 2009 1 1:25 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 2–0 Nick Gentile Submission (triangle choke) Premier Cage Fighting August 28, 2009 1 3:11 Hamburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 1–0 Bobby Gorham Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fight 1 June 12, 2009 1 1:51 Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States

See also


  1. ^ a b "Jimy "The Kid" Hettes - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  2. ^ "Undefeated Jim Hettes signs new deal with UFC". mmavalor.com. 2011-07-22.
  3. ^ "Leonar2011". Archived from the original on 2011-10-12.
  4. ^ "Nam Phan vs. Jim Hettes slated for year-end UFC 141 event". MMAjunkie.com. November 16, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  5. ^ "Jim Hettes vs. Steven Siler on Deck for UFC on FX 4". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "Joey Gambino replaces Jimy Hettes, meets Steven Siler at UFC on FX 4". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  7. ^ "Marcus Brimage vs. Jim Hettes added to UFC 152 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  8. ^ Staff (February 22, 2013). "Steven Siler announces UFC 159 fight with Jimy Hettes". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  9. ^ Staff (March 19, 2013). "With Jim Hettes out, Kurt Holobaugh steps in to face Steven Siler at UFC 159". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  10. ^ Ariel Helwani (2013-08-09). "Jimy Hettes vs. Mike Wilkinson slated for UFC Fight Night 30". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
  11. ^ John Morgan and Matt Erickson (2013-10-20). "Robert Whiteford expected to face Jimy Hettes at UFC Fight Night 30". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  12. ^ Staff (2014-11-05). "Jimy Hettes meets Diego Brandao at UFC 183". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-11-05.
  13. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-01-31). "Medical issue for Jimy Hettes scratches fight with Diego Brandao from UFC 183 prelims". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-01-31.
  14. ^ Staff (2015-02-23). "Jimy Hettes vs. Diego Brandao rebooked for UFC on FOX 15 in New Jersey". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-02-23.
  15. ^ Elias Cepeda (2015-10-17). "Charles Rosa vs. Jim Hettes set for Jan. 17 in Boston". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  16. ^ Administrator, System. "Cage Fight 6 results".

External links

  • Professional MMA record for Jimy Hettes from Sherdog
  • "Jimy Hettes". UFC.com.
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