Coach Joel Bauman

Assistant Coach at Jackson Wink MMA Academy

Background and Wrestling Achievements

Joel "King Bau" Bauman, a highly touted prospect from Jackson Wink MMA Academy, hails from the wrestling-rich state of Minnesota. Growing up in the small town of Kerkhoven, Joel's journey began in wrestling, where he quickly established himself as a dominant force. Throughout high school, he achieved remarkable success, earning the distinction of a 4x Minnesota State Qualifier and securing 2 State Championships. Joel's exceptional talent extended to the national level, as he clinched a National Championship in Greco Roman Wrestling.

Transition to MMA and Training at Jackson Wink MMA Academy

Rather than accepting a scholarship from the US Olympic Education Center, Joel made the bold choice to wrestle for the top-ranked University of Minnesota "Golden Gophers," aiming to prepare himself for a career in Mixed Martial Arts. During his time at the university, he contributed to a National Dual Championship Team and earned a spot on the FILA Jr. World Team in Greco Roman Wrestling. With an impressive wrestling background, Joel ultimately decided to transition from wrestling to pursue a career in MMA. He relocated to Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he currently resides and dedicates himself to realizing his dreams as a formidable competitor.

Career Highlights and Professional Record

Joel Bauman's list of accomplishments reflects his excellence in the wrestling and MMA arenas. As a 2x Minnesota State Wrestling Champion and a 4x Minnesota State Qualifier, he has consistently demonstrated his prowess on the mat. Joel's success extends to the national stage, where he claimed the title of Cadet National Greco Roman Wrestling Champion and earned a spot on the FILA Jr. World Team. In the realm of MMA, he boasts a professional record of 6-3-0, with victories over notable opponents who have competed in organizations like the UFC and Bellator. His triumphs include becoming the Caged Aggression MW Champion, Driller Promotions MW Champion, and Ascendancy Fighting MW Champion.

Joel's career acheivements include:

  • 2x Minnesota State Wrestling Champion
  • 4x Minnesota State Qualifier
  • Cadet National Greco Roman Wrestling Champion
  • FILA Jr. National Wrestling Champion
  • FILA Jr. World Team Member
  • Lived and Trained at US Olympic Training Center
  • 6-3-0 PRO MMA
  • 6-0 AMMY MMA
  • Caged Aggression MW Champion
  • Driller Promotions MW Champion
  • Ascendancy Fighting MW Champion

Coaching Style and Expertise

Beyond his impressive athletic achievements, Joel Bauman excels as a wrestling instructor, possessing the ability to teach multiple wrestling styles, including Collegiate, Freestyle, and Greco Roman. Leveraging his extensive experience as a high-level MMA professional, he focuses on developing practical skills that prove effective in competitive MMA scenarios. Joel's coaching style emphasizes the application of techniques tailored to the dynamic demands of the sport, ensuring his students are well-equipped for success.

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When training at Jackson Wink MMA Academy you are constantly surrounded by professional athletes and world-class coaches. The Academy attracts top-level fighters from around the world, which means that there is always someone to train with who can push you to your limits and help you improve.

Why We're Special

Jackson Wink MMA Academy is considered one of the best mixed martial arts (MMA) training facilities in the world. Head coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn have trained and cornered some of the top fighters in the sport, including Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, and Holly Holm, among others.

Our Facility

Our main training location in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a 30,000 square facility equipped with everything a fighter needs to train and prepare for a fight. Our gym includes a full-size octagon, lots of heavy bags, wrestling mats, a strength and conditioning area, cardio area, pro shop, and more.