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LIVE TO LOVE. FIGHT FOR PEOPLE.

Almost a decade ago the world got to know Justin Wren through his successful mixed martial arts career in the UFC – from starring in the Spike reality show “The Ultimate Fighter,” to becoming a dominating force in the heavyweight division, to his MMA record of 15-2. Today, the world knows this 6-foot-3-inch, 265-pound fighter for the size of his heart.

Following a six-year struggle with addiction and depression in his early career, Justin stepped away from MMA to seek out purpose and passion for his life. What he found was a forgotten tribe of Mbuti Pygmies deep in the jungles of the Congo, beaten down by economic enslavement, disease, and hopelessness.

Through his Fight for the Forgotten initiative, 1,500 members of this formerly enslaved people group are now free and flourishing on 3,000 acres of their own land with access to
clean water and their own farms.


“I still love MMA, and my work in the Congo didn’t change that,” he says. “But it did change me. I’m not fighting for myself anymore. I’m fighting to bring attention and change to those who don’t have a voice.”


A champion Greco-Roman wrestler, Justin's life changed when he traveled to Congo to help the Pygmies. This ethnic group, indigenous to Africa, is preyed upon by armed rebels, being killed, raped and even eaten. Having fought for himself as an MMA fighter for his entire life, Justin urges us to use the tools around us to fight for the forgotten.


Today Justin “The Big Pygmy” Wren has expanded his Fight for the Forgotten to empower all those who don’t have a voice. He regularly speaks to raise awareness for those affected by the water crisis, as well as those who are bullied, and those suffering from depression and addiction.

 
 
 

After winning two national championships as a high school athlete and training at the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University, Justin started his MMA career.

From the Spike reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” to his current MMA heavyweight record of 15 wins and 2 losses, Justin "The Big Pygmy" Wren has cemented his place as a successful mixed martial arts athlete. More than just fighting in the cage, today Justin uses his platform to fight for those around the world who otherwise wouldn’t have a voice.

 
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STATS

PRO RECORD: 15-2
AGE: 30
HEIGHT: 6' 3"
WEIGHT: 250 lbs
OUT OF: OKC, OK

 

DATE: 03/03/2017
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Roman Pizzolato
EVENT: Bellator MMA 174
METHOD: Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)
ROUND: 1
TIME: 2:35



DATE: 02/09/2016
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Juan Torres
EVENT: Bellator MMA 149
METHOD: Decision (Unanimous Decision)
ROUND: 0
TIME: 


 
 

DATE: 08/28/2015
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Josh Burns
EVENT: Bellator MMA 141
METHOD: Decision (Unanimous Decision)
ROUND: 0
TIME: 


DATE: 05/22/2010
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Reggie Higgins
EVENT: MMA Xplosion: Next Generation Fighter
METHOD: Decision (Unanimous Decision)
ROUND: 3
TIME: 


DATE: 12/05/2009
RESULT: Loss
OPPONENT: Jonathan Madsen
EVENT: The Ultimate Fighter Heavyweights Finale
METHOD: Decision (Split Decision)
ROUND: 3
TIME: 


DATE: 04/11/2009
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Lamar Coleman
EVENT: Ames, Iowa professional MMA 4/11/09
METHOD: Submission (Choke)
ROUND: 1
TIME: 1:03


DATE: 01/19/2008
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Ralph Kelly
EVENT: C3 Fights: The Contender Series
METHOD: TKO/RSC
ROUND: 2
TIME: 5:00


DATE: 05/11/2007
RESULT: Loss
OPPONENT: Matthew Thompson
EVENT: Art of War 2
METHOD: TKO/RSC
ROUND: 2
TIME: 0:27


DATE: 01/27/2007
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Brian Ewers
EVENT: Extreme Contact Fighting: Winter War 1
METHOD: TKO/RSC
ROUND: 1
TIME: 0:42


DATE: 12/02/2006
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Ronald Stackhouse
EVENT: Masters of the Cage 7
METHOD: TKO/RSC
ROUND: 1
TIME: 1:45


DATE: 07/17/2010
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Joshua Robertson
EVENT: Fightforce International: Blood & Sand VIII
METHOD: Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
ROUND: 2
TIME: 4:55


DATE: 03/05/2010
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Joshua Henry
EVENT: Ring of Fire 37: Warlords
METHOD: TKO/RSC  (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
ROUND: 1
TIME: 2:22


DATE: 06/15/2009
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Wes Sims
EVENT: The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 - 06/15/2009
METHOD: Submission (Choke)
ROUND: 1
TIME: 1:33


DATE: 07/26/2008
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Chris Guillen
EVENT: Proving Grounds
METHOD: TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
ROUND: 2
TIME: 1:45


DATE: 10/31/2007
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Tony Guined
EVENT: Ultra Pure Productions: Graveyard Smash
METHOD: Submission
ROUND: 1
TIME: 3:04


DATE: 03/09/2007
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Justin Howard
EVENT: Art of War 1
METHOD: TKO/RSC
ROUND: 2
TIME: 1:42


DATE: 12/16/2006
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Mel Boone
EVENT: EFX: Amateur Trials
METHOD: Unknown
ROUND: 
TIME: 


DATE: 10/28/2006
RESULT: Win
OPPONENT: Randy Darby
EVENT: Extreme Cage Wars 3
METHOD: TKO/RSC
ROUND: 1
TIME: 1:54