James Thompson was born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester and did not bode well that he would become a fighter. He was a fairly successful rugby player, worked as a security guard and collector. He was also interested in wrestling and even participated in competitions until he watched a few Don Frye fights that pushed James in the direction of MMA. James Thompson was a genius of tactics, game plan, strategy, and mental warfare. Since I thought that these were just words whose meaning he didn’t care about and preferred to play Russian roulette every fight, checking his jaw for strength.