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
BornJoshua Hill
(1986-11-24) November 24, 1986 (age 35)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Other namesGentleman
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
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
By knockout5
By submission4
By decision12
By knockout1
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


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


See alsoEdit


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