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Justin McCully (born February 18, 1976) is a retired American professional mixed martial artist and professional wrestler who most recently competed in the Heavyweight division of the RFA. A professional competitor since 1997, McCully has also formerly competed for the UFC, RINGS, Pancrase, It's Showtime and Jungle Fight.

Justin McCully
Justin McCully.jpg
Born (1976-02-18) February 18, 1976 (age 43)
Washington DC, United States
Other namesJustin Sane (In professional wrestling)
The Nsane1 (in mixed martial arts)
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight238 lb (108 kg; 17.0 st)
Reach74.0 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofMaui, Hawaii, United States
TeamTeam Punishment
Years active1997-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission6
By decision4
By submission4
By decision1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

McCully trains with Team Punishment, including Tito Ortiz, Kendall Grove, and professional wrestler Samoa Joe. McCully also trained with BJ Penn in Hilo for Penn's bout with Georges St-Pierre at UFC 94. He has three previous fights inside the UFC, a unanimous decision victory over Antoni Hardonk at UFC Fight Night 9, a submission loss to Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 86, and a unanimous decision win over Eddie Sanchez at UFC: Fight For The Troops. McCully was also scheduled to fight Christian Wellisch at UFC 76, but McCully was ultimately replaced by Scott Junk. He has also fought a former UFC champion, losing to Evan Tanner by technical submission at a 1998 Pancrase event.[1]

McCully competed against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 86.[2] He lost by submission to Gonzaga applying an Americana keylock from the mounted position in the first round.

He then fought Eddie Sanchez at UFC: Fight for the Troops and won the fight by unanimous decision. Most recently, McCully lost to Mike Russow at UFC 102 via unanimous decision.

After his defeat at the hands of Mike Russow at UFC 102, McCully was released by the organization, along with other UFC veterans, Hermes Franca, Chris Wilson, and Marcus Aurélio.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Justin has two children, and is also good friends with professional wrestler Rob Van Dam.[4] In 2014 he had a falling out with Tito Ortiz over what McCully claimed was Ortiz owing him money and refusing to pay him back. This fallout culminated with McCully openly supporting and training with Stephan Bonnar who was Ortiz' opponent at Bellator 131.[5] McCully's brother, Sean, is a former professional kickboxer and MMA fighter.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 11 wins 5 losses
By knockout 1 0
By submission 6 4
By decision 4 1
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–5–2 Justin Grizzard TKO (punches) RFA 1: Elliot vs. Pulver December 16, 2011 1 2:45 Kearney, Nebraska, United States
Loss 10–5–2 Mike Russow Decision (unanimous) UFC 102 August 29, 2009 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 10–4–2 Eddie Sanchez Decision (unanimous) UFC: Fight For The Troops December 10, 2008 3 5:00 Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
Loss 9–4–2 Gabriel Gonzaga Submission (americana)[6] UFC 86 July 5, 2008 1 1:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–3–2 Antoni Hardonk Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Stevenson vs. Guillard April 5, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–3–2 Ruben Villareal Submission (front choke) Valor Fighting: San Manuel October 26, 2006 1 3:48 San Bernardino, California, United States
Win 7–3–2 Derek Thornton Submission (rear-naked choke) Extreme Wars 5: Battlegrounds October 6, 2006 1 2:20 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 6–3–2 Ed de Kruijf Submission (armbar) Venom: First Strike September 18, 2004 1 0:48 Huntington Beach, California, United States
Win 5–3–2 Dario Amorim Decision (unanimous) Jungle Fight 1 September 13, 2003 3 5:00 Manaus, Brazil
Loss 4–3–2 Ed de Kruijf Submission (reverse full-nelson) It's Showtime: Exclusive October 22, 2000 1 2:36 Haarlem, Netherlands
Win 4–2–2 Errol Maduro Submission UFO Europe: Free Fight Gala November 28, 1999 N/A N/A Kijkduin, Netherlands
Loss 3–2–2 Mikhail Ilyukhin Technical Submission (achilles lock) RINGS: King of Kings 1999 Block A October 28, 1999 1 4:48 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–1–2 Mario Neto Submission (kneebar) WVC 9: World Vale Tudo Championship 9 September 27, 1999 1 1:53 Aruba
Loss 2–1–2 Evan Tanner Technical Submission (kimura) Pancrase: 1998 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 2 July 26, 1998 1 5:07 Aomori, Japan
Win 2–0–2 Martin Emmen Submission (armbar) Pancrase: 1998 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 1 July 7, 1998 1 1:34 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–0–2 Daisuke Ishii Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: 1998 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 1 July 7, 1998 2 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 0–0–2 Daisuke Ishii Draw (unanimous) Pancrase: Alive 4 March 18, 1998 2 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 0–0–1 Kenji Akiyama Draw Daidojuku: Wars 4 March 11, 1997 5 3:00 Tokyo, Japan

Championships and accomplishments in professional wrestlingEdit


  1. ^ Fight Finder - Justin McCully's Mixed Martial Arts Statistics
  2. ^ "Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Justin McCully planned for UFC 86". MMA Junkie. Archived from the original on 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  3. ^ "The latest 4 UFC fighters to be released". 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-05.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Into the Mind of "The Insane One" Justin McCully". 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
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