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Ashley Williams is a Welsh-born grappler, and a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Chris Rees, being one of the most well known European athletes of his generation. Williams is mostly recognized for his accolades in jiu-jitsu’s no-gi circuit, particularly his wins at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) European No-Gi Open, and his performances in submission-only events such as Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI), Polaris, GrappleFest and Kasai Pro.

Ashley Williams Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Ashley Jordan Williams

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: C. Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Braulio Estima > Chris Rees > Ashley Williams

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Munich NoGi Open (2016)
  • 1st Place FBJJF Finnish Open (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Madrid Open (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Zurich Open (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2016)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – LDN (2016)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Rome Open (2016)

Favorite Position/Technique: Z Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Chris Rees JJ

Ashley Williams Biography

Ashley Williams was born on July 18, 1992, in Swansea, Wales, growing up in the Morriston neighborhood.

A sports fan from his toddler days, Ashley was embedded in sporting culture early in life, a habit he maintained all the way through to adulthood, going on to compete in a variety of athletic endeavors such as football (soccer), rugby, athletics, and gymnastics.

While already linked with different sports during his childhood, at the age of 6 Ash also joined the world of martial arts, first through Japanese jiu-jitsu (ju-jutsu/traditional JJ), later with sporadic ventures into judo and kickboxing on later periods.

Ashley and his twin brother Joshua, both practiced ju-jutsu for a number of years, but being highly competitive they hoped to one day test their skills in a sporting environment. When they reached their 15th birthday, coach Kelly Chambers recommended that they give Brazilian jiu-jitsu a try, and test their techniques under that rule-set. Both Williams brothers were black belts in ju-jutsu already and believed their skills, then joining BJJ academy “CRA” in Swansea to get accustomed to the rhythm and rules of the BJJ game.

After one month of training with Chris Rees at CRA (Chris Rees Academy), the two brothers decided to enter a tournament, and although they did not get the results they expected, they were hooked on to grappling and kept training with Rees from then on.

In 2015, after a solid career in the lower belt divisions of the sport, Ashley was awarded his black belt, while still standing on the podium of the British Open, a competition he had won. The belt was tied around Ashley’s waist by long-time coach Chris Rees and Braulio Estima, becoming (at the time) the youngest Welshman to ever be attributed the black belt (21).

While developing his ground game, Ashley Williams also ventured several times into the world of amateur mixed martial arts (MMA), although not with the intent of making a career out of cage fighting, simply to test his ground efficiency.

Ashley Williams’s twin brother Joshua is also a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Chris Rees.

Ashley Williams Grappling Record

31 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    12 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (39%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
33
4
#86e620
RNC
25
3
#5AD3D1
Kimura
8
1
#d1212a
Collar choke
8
1
#fad11b
Heel Hook
8
1
#f58822
Triangle armbar
8
1
#224aba
Submission
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
12 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (8%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    3 (25%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Kneebar
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Ashley Williams Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
8101Samir ChantreSamir ChantreLPts: 4x2Dallas NoGi Open67KG4F2015
9180Max CamposLPointsGrand Slam LDN69KG4F2016
9388Ary FariasAry FariasLPts: 14x6Rome Open70KGSF2016
9922Ichitaro TsukadaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR12016
10269Rafael DomingosLEBI/OTEBI 765KGR12016
10866Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLKneebarNoGi Worlds67KG4F2016
11235Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinLEBI/OTEBI 1061KGR12016
11302Jonathan ThomasJonathan ThomasLPointsPoznan Open70KGSF2016
12317AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 12x0European NoGi73KGF2017
15127Geo MartinezGeo MartinezLEBI/OTEBI 1565KG4F2018
21226Richard AlarconRichard AlarconLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 661KGRR2019
21228Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoD---Kasai Pro 661KGRR2019
23297K. RuotoloLReferee DecisionGrapplefest 870KGSPF2020
23804Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2020
23810Marcin HeldD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2020
23815Dino BucaletD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2020
6339Matthew FuentesWPointsNAGA Florida NG68KGF2015
6340Reynaldo DuarteWPointsNAGA Florida NG68KGSF2015
6341Eduardo de JesusWPointsNAGA Florida NG68KG4F2015
6342Reynaldo DuarteWPointsNAGA Florida68KGSF2015
6343Eduardo de JesusWPointsNAGA Florida68KGF2015
8786Claudemir SouzaWPts: 2x0Madrid Open70KGF2015
9065Marko JokmanovicWKimuraMunich No-Gi73KGF2016
9184David YounanWArmbarGrand Slam LDN69KG3RD2016
9386Cristofer BarriosWArmbarRome Open70KG4F2016
9399Cristofer BarriosWPointsEuropean NoGi67KGSF2016
9400Severi NenonenWPts: 20x0European NoGi67KGF2016
10614Jaakko SarkijarviWCollar chokeFinnish Open70KGSF2016
10615Riku HapulahtiWPts: 6x6, AdvFinnish Open70KGF2016
10861Bruce GuevaraWPointsNoGi Worlds67KGR12016
11304Paul ColeWArmbarHertford Open67KGF2016
12314Royi NeemanWPointsEuropean NoGi73KG4F2017
12316Alex CabanesWPointsEuropean NoGi73KGSF2017
12933Tuomas TammilehtoWRNCZurich Open70KGF2017
15062Jay ButlerWPts: 12x0British Open76KGF2018
15063Spencer HewittWHeel HookFFL UK68KGSPF2018
15122Sergio HernandezWTriangle armbarEBI 1565KGR12018
16845Masakazu ImanariWReferee DecisionPolaris 768KGSPF2018
16983John BattleD---Show the ART 6ABSSPF2018
17157F. RosenthalWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 366KGSPF2018
18333Ben EddyWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 366KGSPF2018
20405Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenWReferee DecisionPolaris 1065KGSPF2019
20823Chris NewmanWSubmissionPantheon Inv.65KGSF2019
20824Kamil WilkWRNCPantheon Inv.65KGF2019
21224Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWRNCKasai Pro 661KGRR2019
22536Richard AlarconRichard AlarconWArmbarPolaris 1261KGSPF2019
23569Kevin CorkhillWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 970KGSPF2020
24108Thomas HalpinThomas HalpinWReferee DecisionPolaris Squads 270KGSPF2020

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