John Hess

UFC vet who competed from 1995 to 1996. Jon Hess was trained under Jerry Peterson in S.C.A.R.S. but would leave the system along with Lew Hicks, to co-found S.A.F.T.A. (Scientific Agressive Fighting Technologies of America). To understand S.A.F.T.A. it helps to know a little bit about S.C.A.R.S. (Special Combat Aggressive Reactionary System), the fighting system used by Navy Seals until 1998 when many of the programs were cut. S.C.A.R.S. itself is an offshoot of San Soo Kung Fu, displayed previously by Thaddeus Luster. Essentially, it's a martial art without the art, entirely focused on gouging, vital organ strikes, and general "dirty" fighting. You can check out a demo video of it here. Hess' S.A.F.T.A. training led to very specific success in the UFC, but a broader failure. Racking up several thousand dollars in fines for eye gouging, Hess was the most heavily fined of the early UFC combatants. After winning his opening round bout he was forced out of the tournament with a broken hand. He was never asked back to the UFC. He called out Royce shortly after UFC 5, but nothing surfaced from the challenge. When an opportunity to compete again finally surfaced, he jumped at it. This would result in facing a young Vitor Belfort at SuperBrawl 2 to predictable results. Around 2007 Hess tried to mount a career comeback. He worked as a corner man for several Team Quest fighters, while working himself into fighting shape. A series of foot and ankle injuries halted those attempts, though, and he has not made a return to competitive MMA.

Fighter Stats

Nickname "The Giant with Attitude"
Height 6' 7"
Weight 295 lbs.
Place of birth Encinitas, California, USA