Jordan Williams


Suffers first submission loss
July 24, 2021
Williams lost to Mickey Gall via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:57 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 27 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Williams started the fight by landing a clean shot and pressing forward, but likely never fully recovered from a hard elbow in the clinch that rung his bell. Another clean shot as the pair returned to their feet forced Williams to take a desperation shot, which allowed Gall to reverse position and lock in the choke. "Bomaye" got his UFC contract off an impressive knockout in his second Contender Series bout, but hasn't looked particularly impressive in either of his two fights in the Octagon, which makes one wonder how long he will hang around in the organization. Williams falls to 9-5 with one no-contest in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
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Next bout on books
April 27, 2021
Williams (back) is scheduled to face Mickey Gall in a welterweight fight at the UFC's July 24 event, Mike Heck of reports.
Williams displayed some toughness while losing his UFC debut versus Nassourdien Imavov on Oct. 3, when he fought with a pre-existing cracked C-3 vertebra. The 30-year-old should be healthier heading into his matchup with Gall, who won the first three fights after signing with the UFC but has since dropped three of his last five bouts.
Fought with pre-existing injury
October 4, 2020
Williams found out from his post-fight injury report that he entered the bout with a crack in his C-3 vertebrae. He also suffered a broken nose and orbital during his unanimous decision (27-29, 27-29, 28-290 defeat to Nassourdine Imavov on Saturday night, Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie reports.
Williams apparently suffered the back injury in his previous fight against Gregory Rodrigues at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series back on Sept. 15. The 29-year-old also absorbed two questionable headbutts from Imavov during their five-round scuffle which resulted in a broken nose. It's unclear when Williams' next fight will come as he will need to take some extended time off to get healthy again.
Legendary toughness in defeat
October 3, 2020
Williams lost to Nassourdine Imavov via unanimous decision (27-29, 27-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday on Fight Island.
Williams and Imavov were both dazed (and cut open) by an accidental clash of heads early in the fight, and Williams was taken down shortly after that exchange. He was able to get back to his feet, and after a few exciting striking exchanges, took a massive knee to the groin that left him out of commission for several minutes. Upon the restart, Williams landed a big left hand, along with several short shots to the head while Imavov looked for a takedown. Williams eventually succumbed to Imavov's wrestling and was taken down a second time, but again was able to spring back up. The final minute was spent fighting off a tight guillotine attempt. For a moment it looked like it was over, but Williams rolled out and threatened with his own takedown in the round's last moments. Both fighters shot for takedowns unsuccessfully in Round 2, and after a few more wild striking exchanges, Williams started to appear visibly tired and got a bit sloppy on the feet. Imavov used this to his advantage and got the fight back to the mat, threatening with another submission and landing some heavy ground-and-pound. Williams was running on fumes entering the third round, and it didn't help that his eye seemed to get the worst of another accidental headbutt. Imavov really started to put it together with his striking after that, and it was a miracle that Williams was somehow able to stay on his feet. Williams may have lost his debut, but this type of performance and toughness should get him a few more shots with the company.
UFC debut set
September 18, 2020
Williams will square off against Nassourdine Imavov in his UFC debut on Oct. 3, Mike Heck of reports.
Williams will enter the Octagon under the UFC promotion for the first time at Fight Island after earning himself a contract as part of Dana White's Contender Series earlier this week and will be available for a fight in short order after not taking much damage versus Gregory Rodrigues. Williams sports a 9-3-1 record for his professional career and will likely aim to keep his opponent at a distance with his one-inch reach advantage.
Third time's the charm
September 15, 2020
WIlliams defeated Gregory Rodrigues via TKO (punches) at 2:19 of Round 1 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. After the show, he was one of three fighters to be awarded official UFC contracts.
Williams picked up a stoppage victory (that was later overturned to a no-contest) in his first Contender Series appearance back in 2018, but it wasn't enough to get signed to the roster. He returned last summer and suffered a narrow, split-decision loss to Ramazan Kuramagomedov, but was invited back for another shot. Despite entering as a (+125) betting underdog against a well-respected jiu-jitsu practitioner, Williams caught Rodriguez with a combination early that ultimately spelled the end. Williams also doesn't cut a lot of weight, so he was definitely the smaller fighter here, but that didn't matter in the least bit. Also unique is that the 29-year-old has an inspirational story due to competing with Type 1 diabetes. Given Williams didn't take much damage here, he should theoretically be ready to make his UFC debut on a relatively short turnaround.