Josh Hill (fighter)

Josh Hill (born November 24, 1986) is a Canadian mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division. He currently fights for Bellator MMA.[3] In the past he has competed for the WSOF, RXF, TKO Major League MMA, the Score Fighting Series and Aggression MMA. Hill also appeared on Season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter.[4]

Josh Hill
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BornJoshua Hill
(1986-11-24) November 24, 1986 (age 35)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Other namesGentleman
NationalityCanadian
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
DivisionBantamweight
Reach66+12 in (169 cm)
Fighting out ofStoney Creek, Ontario
TeamAegis MMA
House of Champions
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1][2]
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total26
Wins21
By knockout5
By submission4
By decision12
Losses5
By knockout1
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Hill was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[5] He started training martial arts at age 20 and took his first professional MMA fight three years later.[6]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Regional MMAEdit

Josh Hill took his first fight on two weeks notice and won by second-round TKO.[7]

His fifth pro fight was for the Aggression MMA Bantamweight title. He won the championship with a unanimous decision victory over then undefeated Diego Wilson (5-0).[8]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

Starting his career undefeated, with 8 professional wins, Hill was accepted onto Season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter with Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.[4]

The first episode of the show featured an elimination bout to get into the fighter house. Hill earned his place in the house by winning a majority decision over Patrick Holohan.[9] He lost his quarterfinal bout by unanimous decision to Mike Wooten and was eliminated from the tournament.[10]

World Series of FightingEdit

Josh Hill signed with the World Series of Fighting and made his debut at WSOF Canada 2 against Mike Adams on June 7, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[11]

In his next fight for the promotion, Hill faced Marlon Moraes for the WSOF Bantamweight Championship on February 12, 2015 in the main event at WSOF 18: Moraes vs Hill. He lost the fight via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46).[12]

After two fights outside of WSOF Hill returned at WSOF 26 to defeat Bekbulat Magomedov via split decision.[13]

Hill earned a second shot against Marlon Moraes for the WSOF Bantamweight Championship on July 30, 2016 in the main event at WSOF 32: Moraes vs. Hill 2. He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[14]

Bellator MMAEdit

Josh Hill signed with Bellator MMA in November 2019.[15] His debut fight came against Vinicius Zani at Bellator 239 on February 21, 2020. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[16]

Hill faced UFC veteran Érik Pérez at Bellator 244 on August 21, 2020. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

Hill faced Raufeon Stots at Bellator 258 on May 7, 2021.[18] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[19]

Hill faced Jared Scoggins on December 3, 2021 at Bellator 272.[20] At the weigh-ins, Jared Scoggins missed weight for his bout, weighing in at 140 pounds, 4 pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at catchweight and Scoggins was fined 35% of his purse which went to Hill.[21] Hill would go on to win the fight via KO at 0:56 of round 2.[22]

Hill was scheduled to face Enrique Barzola on April 22, 2022 at Bellator 278.[23] Due to the pull out of two fighters from the Bellator Bantamweight World Grand Prix due to injuries, the bout was changed to a wild card qualifier for one of the spots in the tournament.[24] Due to Covid, Hill had to pull out of the bout.[25]

Hill was scheduled to face Matheus Mattos at Bellator 284 on August 12, 2022.[26] However, Mattos pulled out due to a knee injury requiring knee surgery and was replaced by Marcos Breno.[27] Hill lost the bout via unanimous decision.[28]

Personal lifeEdit

Josh was a volunteer firefighter before opening his gym and becoming a fulltime fighter.[6]

Hill does color commentary for BTC Fight Promotions.[29]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

  • Aggression MMA
    • Aggression MMA Bantamweight Championship (One time)[8]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
26 matches 21 wins 5 losses
By knockout 5 1
By submission 4 0
By decision 12 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 21–5 Marcos Breno Decision (unanimous) Bellator 284 August 12, 2022 3 5:00 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Win 21–4 Jared Scoggins KO (punch) Bellator 272 December 3, 2021 2 0:56 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Catchweight (140 lb) bout; Scoggins missed weight.
Loss 20–4 Raufeon Stots Decision (unanimous) Bellator 258 May 7, 2021 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 20–3 Érik Pérez Decision (unanimous) Bellator 244 August 21, 2020 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 19–3 Vinicius Zani Decision (unanimous) Bellator 239 February 21, 2020 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win 18–3 Gilberto Aguilar Submission (rear naked choke) Fight Night 11: Lethbridge September 28, 2019 1 2:38 Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Win 17–3 Jesse Arnett KO (punches) TKO 48 May 24, 2019 2 2:11 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Loss 16–3 Taylor Lapilus Decision (split) TKO 45 December 7, 2018 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 16–2 Grachik Engibaryan Submission (rear naked choke) Fight Nights Global 72 August 24, 2017 1 4:12 Sochi, Russia
Win 15–2 Xavier Alaoui Decision (split) TKO 36 November 4, 2016 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 14–2 Marlon Moraes KO (head kick and punch) WSOF 32: Moraes vs. Hill 2 July 30, 2016 2 0:38 Everett, Washington, United States For the WSOF Bantamweight Championship.
Win 14–1 Bendy Casimir Decision (unanimous) Fight Night 1 April 9, 2016 3 5:00 Rama, Ontario, Canada
Win 13–1 Bekbulat Magomedov Decision (split) WSOF 26 December 18, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–1 Ioan Vrânceanu Decision (unanimous) RXF 19 August 31, 2015 3 5:00 Galați, Romania Featherweight bout.
Win 11–1 Josh Rettinghouse Submission (rear naked choke) GWFC 2 May 30, 2015 3 2:01 Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Loss 10–1 Marlon Moraes Decision (unanimous) WSOF 18: Moraes vs. Hill February 12, 2015 5 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada For the WSOF Bantamweight Championship.
Win 10–0 Mike Adams KO (punch) WSOF Canada 2 June 7, 2014 1 4:20 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 9–0 John Fraser Decision (unanimous) Score Fighting Series 5: Fraser vs. Hill August 25, 2012 3 5:00 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Win 8–0 Eric Wilson Decision (unanimous) Score Fighting Series 4 March 16, 2012 3 5:00 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Win 7–0 Federico Lopez Decision (unanimous) Global Warriors FC 1: Uprising August 13, 2011 3 5:00 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Win 6–0 Darin Cooley Decision (unanimous) Score Fighting Series 1 June 10, 2011 3 5:00 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Catchweight (140 lb) bout.
Win 5–0 Diego Wilson Decision (unanimous) AMMA 6: Punishment March 11, 2011 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Won Aggression MMA Bantamweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Brent Franczuz Submission (rear naked choke) W-1 MMA 5: Judgment Day June 19, 2010 3 4:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 3–0 Dennis Gagne TKO (punches) W-1 MMA 4: Bad Blood March 20, 2010 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 2–0 Randy Turner Decision (unanimous) Wreck MMA: Fight for the Troops December 12, 2009 3 5:00 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Win 1–0 Vito Attanasi TKO (punches) W-1 MMA 3: High Voltage October 10, 2009 2 1:42 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

Sources[30][31]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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