Joshua "Wide Open" Weems
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs.
Joshua Weems is an American Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter currently competing in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He was born on October 3, 1994 in Dallas, Texas. Weems has been a professional MMA competitor since 2014 and achieved success early on with several wins in smaller promotions including Valor Fights and Casino Combat.
Weems started training martial arts at the age of 8 under his father’s tutelage. He initially trained Karate but soon switched to boxing as he became more interested in stand-up striking rather than grappling and ground fighting. After graduating high school, Weems started training full time at Fortis MMA gym near his home town where he focused mainly on Muay Thai kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu which further honed his striking skills whilst also developing his ground game. It was during this time that Josh met coach Sayif Saud who taught him how to use pressure well when pressing forward with strikes as well as how to defend against them effectively when they were coming towards him.
In June of 2014, Weems made his professional debut against fellow Texan Jeremy Hardy at Valor Fights 14: Leetow vs Johnstone where he won via unanimous decision after a hard fought three round battle. Following this win, Josh went on to compile an impressive 9-2 record before signing with UFC in 2019 after being crowned LFA Featherweight Champion following victory over former TUF Finalist Julian Erosa at LFA 62: Mariscal vs Lee 2 by submission due to rear naked choke in first round of fight. This fight earned him a Performance Of The Night bonus from UFC President Dana White along with a lucrative contract offer which saw him become the first ever male fighter from Dallas area to compete inside octagon for UFC organization..
After two back-to-back losses inside octagon against top featherweights such as Arnold Allen and Shane Burgos respectively; Joshua Weems bounced back impressively by submitting Japanese veteran Kyung Ho Kang via guillotine choke inside second round at UFC Fight Night 181 event held last November 2020 lowering opposing fighter’s record down to 24–16–1(2). This win earned “The Bull” Performance Of The Night honors from Dana White once again demonstrating just why he is one of most promising prospects within 145lbs weight class today despite still being relatively young age 26 years old having plenty time ahead for further growth potential both physically & technically speaking even though looking very solid already!