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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:

  • Polaris 70KG Champion (2018)
  • RAW 70KG Champion (2022)
  • 1st Place ADCC EU Trials (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2016, 2022)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2016)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – LDN (2016)

Favorite Position/Technique: Z Guard

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

Team/Association: DRAIG

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.

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

Ashley and his twin brother Joshua, both practiced ju-jutsu for a number of years, but being true to their competitive nature, they craved to 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 give their techniques a challenge under that rule set. Both Williams brothers were black belts in ju-jutsu already and believed in their skills when they joined 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 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

63 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    19 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    29 (46%)
  • BY DECISION
    13 (21%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

29 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
17
5
#86e620
RNC
17
5
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
14
4
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
7
2
#fad11b
Triangle
7
2
#f58822
Reverse triangle
3
1
#224aba
Tarikoplata
3
1
#ff9124
Choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Anaconda choke
3
1
#22c9a5
Guillotine
3
1
#fad223
Kneebar
3
1
#03861f
Kimura
3
1
#039a1f
Collar choke
3
1
#03b41f
Heel Hook
3
1
#03c61f
Triangle armbar
3
1
#03d61f
Submission
3
1
29
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (11%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (22%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    3 (17%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Kneebar
100
2
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ashley Williams Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
8128Samir ChantreSamir ChantreLPts: 4x2Dallas NoGi Open67KG4F2015
9207Max CamposLPointsGrand Slam LDN69KG4F2016
9415Ary FariasAry FariasLPts: 14x6Rome Open70KGSF2016
9949Ichitaro TsukadaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR12016
10296Rafael DomingosLEBI/OTEBI 765KGR12016
10893Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLKneebarNoGi Worlds67KG4F2016
11262Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinLEBI/OTEBI 1061KGR12016
11329Jonathan ThomasJonathan ThomasLPointsPoznan Open70KGSF2016
12349AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 12x0European NoGi73KGF2017
15186Geo MartinezGeo MartinezLEBI/OTEBI 1565KG4F2018
21376Richard AlarconRichard AlarconLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 661KGRR2019
21378Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoD---Kasai Pro 661KGRR2019
23527Kade RuotoloKade RuotoloLReferee DecisionGrapplefest 870KGSPF2020
24062Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2020
24071Marcin HeldD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2020
24076Dino BucaletD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2020
30537Marcelo FaustoMarcelo FaustoLPointsAll StarsN/AN/A2022
35008Diogo ReisDiogo ReisLPts: 2x0ADCC66KGR12022
36835Daniel MairaDaniel MairaLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KG4F2022
42698O. JonesLReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials66KGSF2023
43289Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLKneebarWNO 2070KGSF2023
47047Gairbeg IbragimovLReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials66KGSF2024
6366Matthew FuentesWPointsNAGA Florida NG68KGF2015
6367Reynaldo DuarteWPointsNAGA Florida NG68KGSF2015
6368Eduardo de JesusWPointsNAGA Florida NG68KG4F2015
6369Reynaldo DuarteWPointsNAGA Florida68KGSF2015
6370Eduardo de JesusWPointsNAGA Florida68KGF2015
8813Claudemir SouzaWPts: 2x0Madrid Open70KGF2015
9092Marko JokmanovicWKimuraMunich No-Gi73KGF2016
9211David YounanWArmbarGrand Slam LDN69KG3RD2016
9413Cristofer BarriosWArmbarRome Open70KG4F2016
9426Cristofer BarriosWPointsEuropean NoGi67KGSF2016
9427Severi NenonenWPts: 20x0European NoGi67KGF2016
10641Jaakko SarkijarviWCollar chokeFinnish Open70KGSF2016
10642Riku HapulahtiWPts: 6x6, AdvFinnish Open70KGF2016
10888Bruce GuevaraWPointsNoGi Worlds67KGR12016
11331Paul ColeWArmbarHertford Open67KGF2016
12346Royi NeemanWPointsEuropean NoGi73KG4F2017
12348Alex CabanesWPointsEuropean NoGi73KGSF2017
12966Tuomas TammilehtoWRNCZurich Open70KGF2017
15121Jay ButlerWPts: 12x0British Open76KGF2018
15122Spencer HewittWHeel HookFFL UK68KGSPF2018
15181Sergio HernandezWTriangle armbarEBI 1565KGR12018
16911Masakazu ImanariWReferee DecisionPolaris 768KGSPF2018
17049John BattleD---Show the ART 6ABSSPF2018
17231F. RosenthalWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 366KGSPF2018
18427Ben EddyWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 366KGSPF2018
20546Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenWReferee DecisionPolaris 1065KGSPF2019
20965Chris NewmanWSubmissionPantheon Inv.65KGSF2019
20966Kamil WilkWRNCPantheon Inv.65KGF2019
21374Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWRNCKasai Pro 661KGRR2019
22724Richard AlarconRichard AlarconWArmbarPolaris 1261KGSPF2019
23814Kevin CorkhillWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 970KGSPF2020
24381Thomas HalpinThomas HalpinWReferee DecisionPolaris Squads 270KGSPF2020
27749G. BigdonWTriangleADCC EU Trials66KG8F2021
27752Anthony OliveiraWOutside heel hookADCC EU Trials66KG4F2021
27755Tuomas KokkonenWReverse triangleADCC EU Trials66KGSF2021
27757Gairbeg IbragimovWPts: 0x0, PenADCC EU Trials66KGF2021
29373Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWReferee DecisionPolaris 1866KGSPF2021
29783Robert DegleRobert DegleWRNCGrapple Kings73KGSPF2021
31576Jack SearWReferee DecisionPolaris 1970KGSPF2022
32814Keith KrikorianKeith KrikorianWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 1273KGSPF2022
33506Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWReferee DecisionRAW 270KGSPF2022
35124Hansley PuransingWTarikoplataGrapplefestNASPF2022
35302Sean StewartWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 1373KGSPF2022
35658Tyrone ConnorWPts: 11x0London FO70KGSF2022
35659Lee RenaultWPts: 16x0London FO70KGF2022
35677Sean WhiteWChokeLondon FNGO67KGF2022
36018Carlos ConditWInside heel hookPolaris 22ABSSPF2022
36086Lucas AndradeWInside heel hookEuropean NG67KGSF2022
36087Anthony OliveiraWOutside heel hookEuropean NG67KGF2022
37763Jae YoungWReferee DecisionLondon NGO73KGSF2023
37764Victor DabushWAnaconda chokeLondon NGO73KGF2023
42667Tor ToudahlWTriangleADCC EU Trials66KGR12023
42682Boris TonevWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials66KG16F2023
42691V. BussolottiWN/AADCC EU Trials66KG8F2023
42693M. AltantugsWPts: 2x0ADCC EU Trials66KG4F2023
47030Loris ZanoliniWRNCADCC EU Trials66KGR12024
47035Simon KleinWGuillotineADCC EU Trials66KGR22024
47038Chris SterlingWArmbarADCC EU Trials66KG8F2024
47042Nino OndrisWPts: 9x0ADCC EU Trials66KG4F2024
47049Nadav Bar-gilWOutside heel hookADCC EU Trials66KG3RD2024
47406Abdelmajid FaouriWKneebarAIGA Trials70KG4F2024
47418Ali GherbiWOutside heel hookAIGA Trials70KGSF2024
47423Ali GadjimuradWPointsAIGA Trials70KGF2024
48382Ali ElkWReferee DecisionSubversion70KGSPF2024

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