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Tim Williams (fighter)

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Tim Williams
Born (1988-07-03) July 3, 1988 (age 31)
Millville, New Jersey, United States
Other namesThe South Jersey Strangler
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
DivisionMiddleweight
Reach63.5 in (161 cm)
Fighting out ofMillville, New Jersey, United States
TeamTeam Balance
Years active2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total18
Wins15
By knockout2
By submission9
By decision4
Losses3
By knockout2
By submission1
Amateur record
Total6
Wins6
By knockout1
By submission5
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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Tim Williams (born August 10, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He also appeared on two seasons of The Ultimate Fighter.

Early life[edit]

Williams graduated from Millville High School in 2004. At the age 18, while driving under the influence, Williams was involved in a near-fatal car accident in which a shard of glass became lodged against his carotid artery.[1] After recovering from the accident, Williams got into mixed martial arts.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Williams made his mma debut in 2007[citation needed] going undefeated in his amateur career. As he was preparing in 2008 for a bout against Chris Weidman in what would've been his professional debut, a New Jersey state-mandated CT scan revealed a nine-millimeter brain aneurysm. The bout was cancelled. After brain surgery, Williams was in non-compliance with the recovery process. Six months later, the aneuryism was found in a subsequent CT scan to have grown larger, necessitating a second brain surgery. Williams now requires a CT scan before every fight.[3]

Williams his pro debut in 2008.[citation needed] Williams won his first 7 fights, winning the LITC Middleweight Championship in the process.

Williams suffered his first mma loss after being stopped by former UFC vet Dustin Jacoby at CFFC 16. Williams was able to bounce back with three wins including winning the vacant CFFC Middleweight Championship after outpointing Ron Stallings.

Williams was than set to defend his championship against another former UFC vet Anthony Smith.[4] Smith was able to submit Williams in the second round with inverted triangle choke. A rematch between the two was then setup for CFFC 50 with Smith walking away as the victor again this time via first round TKO.[5]

After the loss to Smith Williams went on a five fight win streak with wins over former UFC & Bellator vets Nah-Shon Burrell & Jay Silva earning himself a UFC Contract.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Williams first appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 17 losing to Dylan Andrews in the elimination round.[6]

Williams came back for The Ultimate Fighter 19 defeating Bojan Veličković and earning himself a spot in the house.[7] After being the 7th pick for Team Penn, Tim took on Team Edgar's 6th pick Dhiego Lima. Williams lost via rear-naked choke.[8]

The Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

It was announced on January 12,2018 that Williams had signed with the UFC and will be making his debut at UFC Fight Night 126 against Oskar Piechota.[9]


Personal life[edit]

While training at night, Williams works in the day building scaffolding as a union carpenter. He lives with his fianceé, Karen Ruberts, in a home in Millville, New Jersey with two dogs.[2]

Championships and achievements[edit]

  • Cage Fury Fighting Championships
    • CFFC Middleweight Championship (One time)
  • Locked In The Cage
    • LITC Middleweight Championship (One time)
  • Xtreme Caged Combat
    • XCC Middleweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15-3 Jay Silva Decision (unanimous) CFFC 63 - Anyanwu vs. Teed February 18, 2017 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 14-3 Muhammad Abdullah Submission (armbar) XCC 26 - Williams vs. Abdullah November 18, 2016 2 1:50 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States Won XCC Middleweight Championship.
Win 13-3 Nah-Shon Burrell Decision (unanimous) CFFC 59 - Morrison vs. Gordon July 9, 2016 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 12-3 Ruslan Melikov Decision (split) CFFC 57 - Gaudinot vs. Honorio March 19, 2016 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 11-3 Walter Howard Submission (rear-naked choke) CFFC 52 - Horcher vs. Regman October 31, 2016 3 4:19 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 10-3 Anthony Smith TKO (knee) CFFC 50 - Smith vs. Williams July 18, 2015 1 1:02 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For CFFC Middleweight Championship.
Loss 10-2 Anthony Smith Submission (inverted triangle choke) CFFC 46 - Williams vs. Smith February 28, 2015 2 1:15 Chester, Pennsylvania, United States Lost CFFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 10-1 Ron Stallings Decision (unanimous) CFFC 43 - Webb vs. Good November 1, 2015 5 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won vacant CFFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 9-1 Dervin Lopez Submission (rear-naked choke) CFFC 38 - Felder vs. Johnson August 9, 2014 2 1:16 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 8-1 Noah Faunce Submission (arm-triangle choke) CFFC 25 - Williams vs. Faunce June 22, 2013 3 1:40 King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Russia
Loss 7–1 Dustin Jacoby TKO (doctor stoppage) CFFC 16 - Williams vs. Jacoby August 24, 2012 1 4:04 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For CFFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Lewis Rumsey Submission (rear-naked choke) CFFC 15 - Williams vs. Rumsey June 30, 2012 1 3:05 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6-0 Andre Gusmao TKO (punches) CFFC 7 - No Mercy April 16, 2011 3 0:16 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5-0 Duane Bastress TKO (doctor stoppage) LITC - Locked in the Cage 6 December 3, 2010 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Defended LITC Middleweight Championship.
Win 4-0 Tiawan Howard Submission (arm-triangle choke) Matrix Fights 2 June 11, 2010 1 4:06 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 3-0 Joey Kirwan Submission (rear-naked choke) LITC - Locked in the Cage 3 April 10, 2010 1 4:14 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Won LITC Middleweight Championship.
Win 2-0 Ariel Sepulveda Submission (triangle choke) LITC - Locked in the Cage 2 January 23, 2010 1 4:59 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 1–0 Jamall Johnson Submission (rear-naked choke) LITC - Locked in the Cage 1 November 9, 2009 1 3:30 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1-2 Dhiego Lima Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter 19 May 7, 2014 (airdate) 2 3:36 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Tuf 19 Quarterfinals round
Win 1-1 Bojan Veličković TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter 19 April 16, 2014 (airdate) 3 0:06 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Tuf 19 Elimination round
Loss 0–1 Dylan Andrews Decision (majority) The Ultimate Fighter 17 January 22, 2013 (airdate) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Tuf 17 Elimination round

Amateur mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 6–0 Ryan Tuno TKO East Coast Combat Challenge November 18, 2008 2 2:00 Newark, Delaware, United States
Win 5–0 Jack Greene Submission (rear-naked choke) Combat Sports Challenge 26 August 30, 2008 1 1:51 Virginia, United States
Win 4–0 Kyle Braun Submission CITC - 12th Strike May 17, 2008 2 0:23 Newark, Delaware, United States
Win 3–0 Robert Peach Submission Combat in the Cage April 12, 2008 1 0:46 Newark, Delaware, United States
Win 2–0 Gemiyale Adkins Submission (armbar) Cage of Vengeance: Punishment September 21, 2007 1 1:26 Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Marlow Talley Submission (armbar) Cage of Vengeance July 21, 2007 1 1:27 New Jersey, United States

See also[edit]


Others articles of the Topic MMA : Martin Nguyen, Chaitanya Gavali, Roldan Sangcha-an, Hamza Kooheji, Mike Jackson (fighter), Levon Lagvilava, PunchOutPower
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  • List of current UFC fighters
  • List of male mixed martial artists

References[edit]

  1. Zangaro, Dave (July 13, 2015). "'South Jersey Strangler' fights to retake MMA title". The Daily Journal.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Weinberg, David (July 18, 2015). "Millville MMA fighter Tim Williams continues challenging journey". The Press of Atlantic City.
  3. Al-Shatti, Shaheen (February 27, 2015). "How to survive double brain surgery and still get punched in the head for a living". MMA Fighting.
  4. "Tim Williams-Anthony Smith Title Bout Tops Cage Fury FC 46". fightnetwork.com. February 26, 2015.
  5. "Smith defends MW title, Anyanwu regains HW belt at CFFC 50". adcombat.com. July 20, 2015.
  6. "TUF 17 Results: Power Ranking the Fighters Following Episode 30". bleacherreport.com. February 7, 2013.
  7. "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 19: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn'". mmajunkie.com. April 17, 2014.
  8. "Episode No. 4 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 19: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn'". mmajunkie.com. May 7, 2014.
  9. "Tim Williams signs with the UFC, meets Oskar Piechota at UFC Austin". mmafighting.com. January 12, 2018.

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