Aug
05

John Howard – symbol of determination

John Howard (born March 1, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Middleweight division. He is perhaps best known for competing in the UFC, and has also competed in a one-fight stint in the IFL.
Howard was born and raised by his single mother along with his brother in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusettswhere he still resides to this day.
Dorchester is one of the roughest neighborhoods in the state and Howard got into fights often while growing up. In high school, Howard played football and learned the electrical trade after getting his high school degree.
He found martial arts after going to a Job Corps to get his high school diploma where he learned grappling from a freestyle Grappler.
After graduating, Howard began training at a local gym. Howard’s nickname “Doomsday” is from the infamous villain who killed Superman.
Howard has three daughters who live with their mother. Before fighting professionally, Howard worked as an electrician.
He is also a diehard New England Patriots fan, and is a fan all of the professional teams out of Boston including the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, and the Boston Bruins.
He also enjoys playing video games in his free time.
Howard’s life witnesses a lot of events that proves bravery and determination.
Howard fought Dennis Hallman on December 5, 2009 at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale. After getting out-grappled for most of the fight, Howard knocked out Hallman at 4:55 of the third round.
Howard was expected to face Anthony Johnson on March 21, 2010 at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones, but Johnson sustained an injury during training. UFC newcomer Daniel Robertsstepped in to be Howard’s new opponent. Howard defeated Roberts via first round KO.
Howard was defeated by Jake Ellenberger via third round TKO due to doctor stoppage at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko.
Though Howard had success on the feet, he was unable to defend the takedowns of Ellenberger.
Ellenberger would go on to cause Howard’s left eye to close after repeatedly landing short elbows and punches from the guard leading to the stoppage,
Howard next faced former title challenger Thiago Alves on December 11, 2010 at UFC 124. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.