My name is Johnny Bedford, and I am one of the owners, and Head Instructor here at Fitness Fight Factory.
I grew up in a small town in Northwest Ohio, where wrestling was a major part of my childhood. I started wrestling at 5 years old, and my parents supported me by taking me all over the country every week for wrestling tournaments. I wrestled in college for Cleveland State University.
After my wrestling career ended, I still had the urge to compete. In 2003 I had my first amateur MMA fight. After two years of fighting as an amateurm, I turned Pro in 2005.
In March of 2007 I moved to Texas to run a franchise gym. This gym was an opportunity for me to train for my own career full time, while working in the industry. This is where I quickly realized that coaching was my true passion. In January of 2010, we took a leap of faith and opened our own gym, Fitness Fight Factory. That was one of the proudest days of my life. The next year, in 2011, I was selected to be a member of The Ultimate Fighter Season 14. Being on the reality TV show was a huge breakthrough for my career. After the show was finished, and with me winning the Finale, I was given a contract with the UFC.
I fought for the UFC for a little over 3 years. I was extremely lucky to be able to travel and see the world while fighting for the UFC. One of my fights was in Abu Dhabi, and another was in Brazilia, Brazil. After leaving the UFC, I was then contracted to fight for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships. After BKFC 1, the promotion made an 8 man tournament to award the first ever Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship Lightweight Title. After winning all 3 fights in the tournament, I became the inaugural Lightweight BKFC Champion.
Outside of coaching and training, I stay busy at home with my amazing family. I have 2 kids, my son Jayden is 14, and my daughter Delilah is 8. I have recently gotten engaged, and will be marrying my fiance, Jennifer later this year. Through this relationship, I have another 9 year old daughter, Avery. Our family stays busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
These past 11 years as owner and coach here at Fitness Fight Factory has been more rewarding than I could ever imagine. I have seen 100’s of people’s lives change for the better. We have had members lose 100 pounds, kids gain confidence they never knew they had, and women learn to protect and empower themselves. Coaching is truly my passion, and as a coach I was my students to reach their full potential.