Record: 11-7 (3 KO) (2 Submission)
Weight Class: Feather Weight
Date of Birth: December 21, 1980
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Michigan
Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Florida
Team: American Top Team
James Patrick “J.P.” Reese is an American professional mixed martial artist and a Bellator and Strikeforce veteran.
J.P. began wrestling at Rochester Adams High School in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He was a two-time state place winner along with helping his team to a State Championship in 1998 and a Runner-up finish in 1999. He finished his senior year with a 57-1 record.
J.P. went on to wrestle for the University of Missouri and started all four years. At Missouri, he became a two-time NCAA Wrestling Championships qualifier, and stands second all-time in career pins for the Missouri Wrestling Team behind fellow mixed martial artist Ben Askren. In 2002, J.P. obtained All-American honors at the University Nationals in Freestyle Wrestling. In 2004 he graduated from Missouri with a B.A. in Business Management.
J.P. was a 2006 Beach Wrestling National Champion and a 2007 Beach Wrestling World team member, competing in Antalya, Turkey.
J.P. made his MMA debut June 19, 2010 in Miami, Florida. He won the fight by TKO in the second round, and subsequently fought twice for Bellator Fighting Championships in Florida. He quickly amassed a record of 5 wins and 1 loss in the first 18 months of his MMA career. J.P. made his Strikeforce debut on November 18, 2011 at Strikeforce Challengers: Britt vs. Sayers. He was as a late replacement for Isaac Vallie-Flagg against Bobby Green. He lost he fight via submission in the third round.
J.P. continues to fight for American Top Team and trains out of the Coconut Creek Academy.