Ugly John was born in Australia where he was hunted almost to death until Cyclops and Wolverine took him out and decided to deliver him to Westchester. During their flight the plane crashed on an island where they were attacked by Sentinels. Then they were taken captives by Cassandra Nova who tried to executed Steve, but only made him suffer. Later, Cyclops broke free and finished his throes by a single blast.
In Ultimate Universe, Ugly John was a part of Mutant Liberation Front. He was seen only once in Lower Manhattan where he was crippling people with a crowbar. He was quickly exterminated by a Sentinel.
His only power is three faces.