Tim Williams (fighter)
|Born||July 3, 1988|
Millville, New Jersey, United States
|Other names||The South Jersey Strangler|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||63.5 in (161 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Millville, New Jersey, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
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. After recovering from the accident, Williams got into mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Williams made his mma debut in 2007 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.
Williams his pro debut in 2008. 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. 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.
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
Williams first appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 17 losing to Dylan Andrews in the elimination round.
Williams came back for The Ultimate Fighter 19 defeating Bojan Veličković and earning himself a spot in the house. After being the 7th pick for Team Penn, Tim took on Team Edgar's 6th pick Dhiego Lima. Williams lost via rear-naked choke.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship
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.
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.
Championships and achievements
- 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
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||15 wins||3 losses|
|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
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||1 win||2 losses|
|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
|Amateur record breakdown|
|6 matches||6 wins||0 losses|
|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|
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