Jai Kyle Herbert (born 13 May 1988) is an English mixed martial artist who currently fights as a lightweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the former Cage Warriors lightweight champion and also competed in BAMMA.

Jai Herbert
Born (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 35)
Wolverhampton, England
Other namesThe Black Country Banger
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Reach77.0 in (196 cm)[1]
StyleMuay Thai
Fighting out ofWolverhampton, England
TeamTeam Renegade
Team Kaobon (England)[2]
MTK Global
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3] under Tom Caughey[4]
Years active2015–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout9
By submission1
By decision2
By knockout3
By submission1
By decision1
Amateur record
By knockout3
By submission2
By decision1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background edit

Herbert was born in Wolverhampton, England. He spent 14 years as a scaffolder and worked a full-time job while competing as an amateur and professional. He didn't turn to full-time fighting until signing with the UFC.[5] As an amateur fighter, Herbert competed at welterweight and didn't consider the strain of a weight cut to be worthwhile at such a level.[6] In August 2020, Herbert was part of Wolverhampton Wanderers' kit launch.[7]

Mixed martial arts career edit

Early career edit

After going 9–1 as an amateur, Herbert made his professional MMA debut in 2015. He recorded consecutive second-round knockouts with Full Contact Contender and later signed a four-fight contract with BAMMA.[8]

On 14 November 2015, Herbert made his promotional debut at BAMMA 23 and beat Ben Bennett via knockout in the second round. On 14 May 2016, he earned a second round submission against Tony Morgan at BAMMA 25. On 16 December, he suffered his first loss against future UFC fighter Rhys McKee in a lightweight title bout at BAMMA 27.[citation needed]

In February 2017, Herbert was due to face Steve Owens at BAMMA 28, but his opponent was forced to withdraw with illness the day before.[9] On 12 May, Herbert beat Rick Selvarajah at BAMMA 29 via knockout in the second round.[citation needed]

In late 2017, Herbert voiced his displeasure about BAMMA's matchmaking. Due to an over-booking of fights by the promotion, Herbert saw a scheduled bout cancelled at late notice due to the number of tickets sold by the fighters. He announced he would not fight under the BAMMA promotion again and subsequently signed with Cage Warriors.[8]

Cage Warriors edit

On 16 June 2018, Herbert faced Erdi Karatas at Cage Warriors 94. He won by unanimous decision in the co-main event. He was then due to fight Donovan Desmae at Cage Warriors 98, but had to withdraw two weeks prior to the bout. On 8 December, he returned with a first round knockout against Joe McColgan at Cage Warriors 100.

On 2 March 2019, Herbert appeared in the co-main event at Cage Warriors 102 and beat Steve O'Keefe via a first round knockout. He was then handed his first title opportunity with the promotion and beat Jack Grant at Cage Warriors 106 to claim the vacant lightweight championship. On 26 October, he successfully defended his title against Cain Carrizosa at Cage Warriors 109 with a first round knockout.

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

In January 2020, Herbert signed with the UFC.[10] He was due to face Marc Diakiese as a replacement at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards in March, but the event was later cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[11]

On 25 July 2020 Herbert faced Francisco Trinaldo at UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Till. He lost the fight via knockout in round three.[12]

Herbert faced Renato Moicano on 26 June 2021 at UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov.[13] He lost the fight via a rear-naked choke in round two.[14]

Herbert faced Khama Worthy on 23 October 2021 at UFC Fight Night: Costa vs. Vettori.[15] He won the bout via TKO in round one.[16]

Herbert was scheduled to face Mike Davis on 19 March 2022 at UFC Fight Night 204.[17] However, Davis withdrew from the bout due to personal reasons and he was replaced by Ilia Topuria.[18] Herbert landed a head kick in the first round that dropped Topuria, but ultimately lost the fight via knockout in round two.[19]

Herbert faced Kyle Nelson on 23 July 2022 at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall.[20] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[21]

Herbert faced Ľudovít Klein on 18 March 2023 at UFC 286.[22] After a point deduction in the third round due to multiple groin strikes, the fight ended in a majority draw.[23]

Herbert faced Farès Ziam on 22 July 2023 at UFC Fight Night 224.[24] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[25]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Mixed martial arts edit

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 12 wins 5 losses
By knockout 9 3
By submission 1 1
By decision 2 1
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–5–1 Farès Ziam Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Aspinall vs. Tybura 22 July 2023 3 5:00 London, England
Draw 12–4–1 Ľudovít Klein Draw (majority) UFC 286 18 March 2023 3 5:00 London, England Herbert was deducted 1 point in round 3 due to multiple groin strikes.
Win 12–4 Kyle Nelson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall 23 July 2022 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 11–4 Ilia Topuria KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Aspinall 19 March 2022 2 1:07 London, England
Win 11–3 Khama Worthy TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Costa vs. Vettori 23 October 2021 1 2:47 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–3 Renato Moicano Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov 26 June 2021 2 4:36 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–2 Francisco Trinaldo TKO (punch) UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Till 25 July 2020 3 1:30 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Catchweight (160 lb) bout; Trinaldo missed weight.
Win 10–1 Cain Carrizosa KO (knee) Cage Warriors 109 26 October 2019 1 3:26 Birmingham, England Defended the Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship.
Win 9–1 Jack Grant TKO (punches) Cage Warriors 106 29 June 2019 3 3:22 London, England Won the vacant Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship.
Win 8–1 Steve O'Keefe TKO (punches) Cage Warriors 102 2 March 2019 1 4:07 London, England
Win 7–1 Joe McColgan TKO (punches) Cage Warriors 100 8 December 2018 1 2:00 Cardiff, Wales
Win 6–1 Erdi Karatas Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors 94 16 June 2018 3 5:00 Antwerp, Belgium
Win 5–1 Rick Selvarajah TKO (punches) BAMMA 29 12 May 2017 2 0:37 Birmingham, England
Loss 4–1 Rhys McKee KO (punches) BAMMA 27 16 December 2016 1 1:47 Dublin, Ireland For the vacant BAMMA Lightweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Tony Morgan Submission (rear-naked choke) BAMMA 25 14 May 2016 2 2:19 Birmingham, England
Win 3–0 Ben Bennett KO (body kick) BAMMA 23 14 November 2015 2 3:59 Birmingham, England
Win 2–0 Martin Sweeney TKO (punches) Full Contact Contender 13 20 June 2015 2 0:41 Horwich, England
Win 1–0 Omid Muhammadi TKO (punches) Full Contact Contender 12 28 March 2015 2 0:22 Horwich, England Lightweight debut.


See also edit

References edit

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  4. ^ @caugheytom (9 March 2023). ""Honoured to award my bro @jai_herbert_mma his well deserved brown belt tonight at @renegadejiujitsu (...)"". Retrieved 18 March 2023 – via Instagram.
  5. ^ Gerbasi, Thomas (11 April 2020). "Jai Herbert Finally Able To Make MMA Full-Time". UFC. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  6. ^ Bramford, Emma (2 March 2020). "UFC London: Jai Herbert – From scaffolding to fighting at the O2 with the UFC". Fighters Only Magazine. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
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