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

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF European No-Gi Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Munich No-Gi Open Champion (2016)
  • FBJJF Finnish Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Madrid Open Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF Zurich Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF European No-Gi Open 2nd Place (2016)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam – LDN 3rd Place (2016)
  • IBJJF Rome Open 3rd Place (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

28 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    12 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (39%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Armbar
27
3
#86e620
RNC
27
3
#5AD3D1
Submission
9
1
#d1212a
Kimura
9
1
#fad11b
Collar choke
9
1
#f58822
Heel Hook
9
1
#224aba
Triangle armbar
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
11 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (55%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (9%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    3 (27%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

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Kneebar
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Ashley Williams Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
8094Samir ChantreSamir ChantreLPts: 4x2Dallas NoGi Open67KG4F2015
9161Max CamposLPointsGrand Slam LDN69KG4F2016
9369Ary FariasAry FariasLPts: 14x6Rome Open70KGSF2016
9897Ichitaro TsukadaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR12016
10243Rafael DomingosLEBI/OTEBI 765KGR12016
10838Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLKneebarNoGi Worlds67KG4F2016
11203Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinLEBI/OTEBI 1061KGR12016
11268Jonathan ThomasJonathan ThomasLPointsPoznan Open70KGSF2016
12250AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 12x0European NoGi73KGF2017
14996Geo MartinezGeo MartinezLEBI/OTEBI 1565KG4F2018
20854Richard AlarconRichard AlarconLPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 661KGRR2019
20856Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoD---Kasai Pro 661KGRR2019
6334Matthew FuentesWPointsNAGA Florida NG68KGF2015
6335Reynaldo DuarteWPointsNAGA Florida NG68KGSF2015
6336Eduardo de JesusWPointsNAGA Florida NG68KG4F2015
6337Reynaldo DuarteWPointsNAGA Florida68KGSF2015
6338Eduardo de JesusWPointsNAGA Florida68KGF2015
8775Claudemir SouzaWPts: 2x0Madrid Open70KGF2015
9047Marko JokmanovicWKimuraMunich No-Gi73KGF2016
9165David YounanWArmbarGrand Slam LDN69KG3RD2016
9367Cristofer BarriosWArmbarRome Open70KG4F2016
9376Cristofer BarriosWPointsEuropean NoGi67KGSF2016
9377Severi NenonenWPts: 20x0European NoGi67KGF2016
10588Jaakko SarkijarviWCollar chokeFinnish Open70KGSF2016
10589Riku HapulahtiWPts: 6x6, AdvFinnish Open70KGF2016
10833Bruce GuevaraWPointsNoGi Worlds67KGR12016
11270Paul ColeWArmbarHertford Open67KGF2016
12247Royi NeemanWPointsEuropean NoGi73KG4F2017
12249Alex CabanesWPointsEuropean NoGi73KGSF2017
12857Tuomas TammilehtoWRNCZurich Open70KGF2017
14931Jay ButlerWPts: 12x0British Open76KGF2018
14932Spencer HewittWHeel HookFFL UK68KGSPF2018
14991Sergio HernandezWTriangle armbarEBI 1565KGR12018
16677Masakazu ImanariWReferee DecisionPolaris 768KGSPF2018
16813John BattleD---Show the ART 6ABSSPF2018
16981F. RosenthalWReferee DecisionKasai Pro 366KGSPF2018
18110Ben EddyWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 366KGSPF2018
20088E. CrelinstenWReferee DecisionPolaris 1065KGSPF2019
20492Chris NewmanWSubmissionPantheon Inv.65KGSF2019
20493Kamil WilkWRNCPantheon Inv.65KGF2019
20852Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWRNCKasai Pro 661KGRR2019

Ashley Williams vs Marko Jokmanovic

 

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