He got into a scuffle on court recently, and people keep mentioning his MMA and kickboxing record.
I feel like this guy would be the best crossover sport candidate for MMA...
6'9" and a lean 245lbs.. World class athlete with great hand eye. Black belt 2 dan (in something?), mma experience.. And to top it off, he's half samoan. Fighter genes.
From his wiki:
Johnson holds a second-degree black belt and fought in his first mixed martial arts bout at age 18. He has an undefeated record in seven MMA matches, while also holding a 20–0 record in kickboxing matches.
"James's father, Willie, the patriarch of Wyoming's unofficial first family of fighting. A sixth-degree black belt, Willie runs J&P's Martial Arts school in Cheyenne and is married to Vi, also a black belt. They have eight children who are black belts (as well as a ninth who is a blue belt, but she's only 10). James, the fifth child, was then 18 and had never fought in an MMA bout, but he had won seven world karate titles and nine national ones, and he was 20--0 as a kickboxer. He'd also been trained by his father to be fearless, so he volunteered to fight in the 205-pound weight class against Damond Clark, a 31-year-old from Casper who has since turned pro.
James was called Little Ali because of his footwork, but nicknames are standard in the family. Willie won five world and 10 national karate titles as Tuqik (pronounced TOO-quick). His mother Vi, a Samoan immigrant who began street fighting as a teenage gang leader of the Krook City Bloods in Oceanside—'I would go after the bullies,' she says, 'and beat up more men than women'—won five nationals as Vicious. Joseph (a.k.a. Baby Boy), 32; Jearamie (Hot Nickels), 28; Jessica (Bam-Bam), 26; Pal'e (the Legend); Scott (Nudo), 20; Mino (the Professor), 18; Nikko (Tuqik II), 15; and 10-year-old Kiandra have all also won national titles or been runners-up."
I cant seem to find any footage or record of his fights. Probably ammy fights eh... Anyone seen him fight? I'm sure wyoming UGers know his dad...
BLAF get in his ear! This guy could be big draw at heavyweight.