Founder of Fight For The Forgotten, Professional Athlete & Author

Justin Wren
Speaking Fee: $20,000 to $30,000

Travels From: DFW - Dallas Ft. Worth (All Airports)

Primary Topic Category: Mental Health / Wellness / Self-Help

Secondary Topic Category: Inspiration / Motivation / Overcoming Obstacles

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Justin Wren At A Glance:

Justin Wren is a humanitarian worker and a professional mixed martial artist, currently competing in the heavyweight division of Bellator MMA. He is a 10-time State Champion, 5-time All American, and 2-time National Champion and a UFC fighter. His journey began with the pain of being bullied as a child, leading him to seek solace and strength in wrestling. He dedicates his efforts to standing up for the bullied, oppressed, and forgotten, giving a voice to those who had been silenced.

After battling depression, suicide, and drug addiction, Justin experienced a life-changing journey living with the Mbuti Pygmy people of the Congo Basin Rainforest. When he returned he founded Fight For The Forgotten, to knockout the world water crisis, which today has expanded its impact to serve the Batwa Pygmies of Uganda. Justin has a deep-seated belief & ability to empower people to stoke the fire that is within us all.

Justin “The Big Pygmy” Wren is a 10 time State Champion, 5 time All American, and 2 time National Champion Wrestler, UFC veteran,and has been inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame. His MMA record is 15-2.

As a humanitarian he’s the Founder and CEO of the non-profit Fight for the Forgotten, also authoring a bestselling book with the same name through Simon & Schuster publishing.
Justin’s transformative storytelling Ignites a fire In the human soul that inspires and empowers us to take action that leads deeper purpose, high performance, and long lasting change and impact.

Justin has inspired millions through his appearances on the Joe Rogan Experience (9x), Mike Tyson’s HotBoxin’, the Ed Mylett Show, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, and TEDx Talks, along with his book, Fight for the Forgotten. Today he is the host of his own inspirational podcast, Overcome with Justin Wren and a globally recognized keynote speaker.

“I am not fighting for myself any more. I am fighting for a greater purpose:
I am standing up for the bullied and oppressed and giving a voice to the forgotten.”

  • Overcome and Thrive: How to Overcome Obstacles and Win This Fight Called Life

    In the electrifying arena of life, we all step into the ring, donning the gloves of struggle, pain, and adversity. In the face of every challenge, we have a choice to make - a choice to rise, to fight, and to overcome.

    As an MMA fighter, I have danced in the octagon, where every second counts and every blow matters. But my toughest fight, my most grueling bout, was not inside those steel cage walls. It was the battle within my own mind, the war against self-doubt, fear, and the weight of past failures.

    This speech is not just about fighting in the ring– it's about fighting for your dreams, your purpose, and the meaningful impact only you can create. Together, we will unravel the secrets of the Overcomer's mindset, the unyielding spirit that separates the victors from the defeated. It's time to transform pain into fuel, setbacks into comebacks, and doubts into unwavering belief.
  • Generate Impact: Finding Purpose Through Service to Leave Your Imprint on this World

    What happens after you hit rock bottom? Sometimes you find a calling that changes your life forever. You just might become a hope dealer that empowers sustainable change for others.

    The Pygmies, a marginalized and forgotten people, became the catalyst for my journey of purposeful service. Through my experiences with these incredible individuals, I witnessed firsthand the immense impact we can have when we dedicate ourselves to a cause greater than ourselves.

    Together, we will explore the power of service, the profound difference we can make in the
    lives of others, and the ripple effect that extends far beyond what we can imagine– including the transformation that occurs within ourselves when we choose to serve selflessly.

    Above all, this talk is about hope. It is a reminder that we each possess the power to create a better world, one act of kindness at a time. By leaving our imprint on this world through purposeful service, we can inspire others to do the same, sparking a chain reaction of love and compassion that reverberates far and wide.
  • Tapping into A Fighter’s Mind + A Fighter’s Heart

    Goal Setting, High Performance, and “Peak Week.”

    To the untrained eye or casual fan, it is often believed that it’s the fighter with the strongest muscles or best physique who will win an MMA fight. But in actuality, the one who wins in the cage is the fighter with the deepest purpose and strongest reasons.

    Learning to strengthen and stack your WHYs is a skill, and one that sets apart a winning fighter from the rest. Reminding yourself of why you are fighting and who you are fighting for is how the bar of high performance gets raised during a fighter’s “peak week”– that crucial time period before a fight, as you let yourself heal from a grueling ‘fight camp’ of training.

    We are all fighting for something. At home, at work, with our teams, for our personal goals, or for our community. Learning these insights and tapping into both a fighter’s mind and a fighter's heart, and applying it to life, will help anyone achieve peak performance and find that flow state while in hot pursuit of any goals and give you a new game plan– and a new edge– for victory.
  • Servant Leadership, Character Development, and Difference Making

    When we access this shamrock three punch combo and trifecta it leads to a triplingof impact. Things we dreamed as possible, but didn’t believe could happen, can occur through accessing the tools, tactics, and techniques that true fire starters use to create the seemingly impossible.

    Through personal growth in our own lives, our performance and success at work, and our attitude and actions making change, we can create like never before in our communities and our world .
  • Hope Dealers, Fire Starters, and Change Creators

    Opportunity is greater than charity. While charity certainly has its place, opportunity is proven to be better: it’s the difference between a hand out and a hand up, or band-aids and stitches.

    The shocking truth is that the band-aid of charity has turned into a toxicity that has caused the good intentions of charity to actually hurt.

    Learn the how and why of this from Justin’s own founding of Fight for the Forgotten, and how contribution meets collaboration, and helps people build their own ladder to climb out of poverty, oppression, insecurity and injustice. There is always a better way for communities to move forward and toward wholeness.
  • The New Wave of Charity, Sustainability, and Opportunity

    Leading from the front has long been the most inspirational and most effective way of leadership. But someone who has been there before, has a deep well of knowledge from the experience of having been there before, or currently is within the team, has been proven to be more trusted, effective, and impactful.

    Someone who has been, can be, and is always willing to jump back in the trenches or hold space for the frontline workers who are currently there will have open lines of communication and will have the opportunity for their team to have ears that hear. Open ears, open minds, open hearts to receive direction, feedback, and leadership advice and instruction.

    Learn how to further lead from service through Justin’s own story, combining head knowledge and heart knowledge. Get the real game plan for victory: care not only about the bottom line, but the through line of the people involved making the performance possible.
  • Face it all. Feel it all. Magic Happens

    Leaders are being blindsided today external circumstances cheapshotting our internal condition without our permission. Think: mental health issues, compassion fatigue, and burnout.

    The antidote to burnout is tending to the internal fire. We will always be vulnerable to external circumstances depleting our energy, detouring our performance, and have our purpose circling the drain if we neglect our internal condition.

    This talk will share Justin’s Overcomer story and his story of recovery and ultimately, thriving, and how to maintain this as a leader and a true Overcomer.
Justin's story and message of perseverance, fighting for what you believe in, and incredible resilience was truly a game changer for our program, our founders, and for me personally. No matter the industry or where you are in life, everyone can learn and take value from being associated with the incredible human that Justin is.

— DANIEL WEIGAND, COFOUNDER / MANAGING DIRECTOR AT DRAPER STARTUP HOUSE, AUSTIN TEXAS

Justin Wren is changing lives. That is his purpose. As the mother of a special needs child who was bullied… My heart is undone by his speech. Beautiful. Thank you for making a difference.

— BRANDI SHEARER, COUNSELOR, FAMILY SUPPORT PROVIDER AT NORTHCARE

An atypical speaker in the way he is the tallest, strongest, toughest athlete I've met in person, but Justin is immediately warm, inviting and intriguing in his life's journey and life's work. He was the best speaker we've ever heard. Justin is sensitive, earnest and interactive, adapting his material to benefit his audience. I didn't expect an MMA Fighter to have me in tears for most of his presentation, but I guarantee every human will leave changed for the better, having heard The Big Pygmy's talk.

— JASON COX, YPO PRESIDENT, COX MACHINES PRESIDENT

The world needs to know there are people like Justin out there. Whenever I think about kindness, generosity, and selflessness, I think about him. Because I know he is real. Because I know him. He’s changed my spectrum of what’s possible.

— JOE ROGAN, COMEDIAN, PODCAST HOST, UFC COLOR COMMENTATOR

I just want everyone to know–– he's an incredible human being....I would call him a world changer. I already know hearing Justin’s story is going to change your life and you’ll be touched, moved, and compelled to take some action yourself.

— ED MYLETT, GLOBAL SPEAKER, ENTREPRENEUR, COACH, BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND TOP-RANKED PODCAST HOST

Find the upside: If you remember the pain and trauma from the past, it can help you break it for future generations; if, however, you repress it, you are more likely to repeat it. One of my friends, UFC fighter Justin Wren, who was bullied as a child and struggled with addiction and depression, found meaning and purpose in his life by starting a foundation called Fight for the Forgotten, which aims to empower people worldwide who have been bullied or forgotten. Among many accomplishments, the foundation has helped 1,500 formerly enslaved of The Pygmy people in the jungles of the Congo and Uganda gain their freedom and take ownership of 3,000 acres of land with access to clean water, farms, and housing. When a trauma causes you to become stronger, it is called post-traumatic growth (PTG). This is Justin’s story.  PTG happens in about 10 percent of people who experience traumas and includes a deepened spiritual life, a new appreciation of life, a vision for new possibilities, a positive change in relationships, and an increase in personal strength (If I can survive this, I can survive most things).

— Dr. Daniel Amen 13x NYT Best Selling Author and Founder of The Amen Clinics

Justin Wren is an Overcomer. When a trauma causes you to become stronger, it is called post-traumatic growth (PTG). This is Justin’s story, which will inspire and motivate you to overcome and become the best version of yourself.

— Dr. Daniel Amen 13x NYT Best Selling Author and Founder of The Amen Clinics

I don't know who doesn't need to hear that message in order to think deeper and be inspired about our life's purpose. We highly recommend Justin as a speaker for your organization, especially for family events.

— Young Presidents Organization Kansas Members

I think my teens said it best, when I asked them how the talk affected them. My 15-year-old son said, "If we all treated other people and looked at life the way he does, we'd have a utopia." My fourteen-year-old daughter said, "He showed us you can come from a regular or even disadvantaged background and still meaningfully impact others' lives -- or in his case with his work with the pygmy peoples, you can bring joy to a whole village.

— Cox Machines President Bree, Jason, Scarlett (14) and Feynman (15)

I didn't expect an MMA Fighter to have me in tears for most of his presentation, but I guarantee every human will leave changed for the better, having heard The Big Pygmy's talk. An atypical speaker in the way he is the tallest, strongest, toughest athlete I've met in person, Justin is immediately warm, inviting and intriguing in his life's journey and life's work. Our two teenagers both said he was the best speaker they'd ever heard. Justin is sensitive, earnest and interactive, adapting his material to benefit his audience on the fly.

— Jason Cox, YPO President

To really understand loving, compassionate, generous people you have to be around them and hear them talk. When you are around them and you hear them talk it changes your perspective on what’s possible with people. You recognize, “Oh, that’s a kind of person, too!” One of my friends is Justin Wren, he has a very unlikely story, but he is a guy who was bullied horrifically to the point of suicide. He became a UFC fighter and now he runs a charity called Fight For The Forgotten where he builds wells for the Pygmies in the Congo and Uganda. He is the nicest, most charitable human being I’ve ever met in my life. He’s so kind, so gentle, and so sweet. He goes to Africa for months out of the year, he’s gotten malaria 3 times, I mean it’s crazy. Until I met Justin, until I’ve spent a lot of time with him, had these deep conversations, I didn’t know that someone was that selfless, that someone could be that kind and gentle. But yet, be an elite mixed martial arts fighter, and an enormous man. I mean he is just such a contradiction… But he’s so kind, he’s so nice, and I mean to everyone. I’ve been around him and he is just so sweet to anyone. You need to know there are guys like that out there. Whenever I think about kindness, generosity, selflessness, I think about him. Because I know he is real. Because I know him. He’s changed my spectrum, my spectrum of what’s possible.

— Joe Rogan, Comedian, Podcast Host, UFC Color Commentator

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