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Lightweight Division


"Black Country Banger"

Jai Herbert

Lightweight Division

12-5-1 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Jai Herbert

athlete record


Learn more about Jai Herbert's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below. 

Place of Birth
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Trains at
Renegade Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Mar. 21, 2020
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2015

  • Nine wins by KO, one by submission (RNC)

  • Four first round finishes

  • Has won eight of his last 13 (8-4-1)

  • Last pre-UFC bout was October 2019 knockout of UFC vet Cain Carrizosa

  • Reported 5-1 amateur record

  • Origin of nickname: “I’m from an area in England called the ‘Black Country.’ That name was given to the area by the Queen due to the sky being black with smoke from all the factories. And banger is due to all my wins by KO.” 

UFC Fight Night (7/22/23) Herbert lost a three round unanimous decision to Farès Ziam 

UFC 286 (3/18/23) Herbert fought to a three-round draw with Ludovit Klein

UFC Fight Night (7/23/22) Herbert won a three round unanimous decision over Kyle Nelson

UFC Fight Night (3/19/22) Herbert was knocked out by Ilia Topuria at 1:07 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (10/23/21) Herbert stopped Khama Worthy via strikes at 2:47 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (6/26/21) Herbert was submitted by Renato Moicano via rear naked choke at 4:34 of the second round

UFC on ESPN (7/25/20) Herbert was stopped by Francisco Trinaldo via strikes at 1:30 of the third round

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training seven years ago, as I’ve always liked MMA, so when a new gym opened up around the corner from my mother’s house I thought I would go down and try a class out. Next thing I know, seven years later I’m in the UFC.

What ranks and titles have you held? I am the former Cage Warriors lightweight champion, which is the most prestigious title to hold in Europe. 

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s what I’ve trained and fought for over the last seven years, and to finally get in the UFC is amazing, but this now is the start of my legacy. 

What was your job before you started fighting? I was a scaffolder for 14 years and I only quit the job a month ago to fully concentrate on my UFC career. 

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? In my amateur career I won the Combat Challenge British welterweight title and the BCMMA British lightweight title. 

Ranks in any martial arts styles: BJJ blue belt under Renegade Jiu-Jitsu 

Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke 

Favorite Striking technique: Left hook to the body (liver shot)