Joe Williams (fighter)

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Joe Williams
Born (1985-07-22) July 22, 1985 (age 32)
Orange, California, United States
Other names Mongo
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight (170 lb)
Middleweight (185 lb)
Reach 69.0 in (175 cm)
Fighting out of Huntington Beach, California, United States
Team Empire Training Center
Kings MMA
Trainer Muay Thai: Rafael Cordeiro
Wrestling: Jacob Harman
Years active 2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 9
By knockout 4
By submission 3
By decision 2
Losses 2
By submission 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Joe Williams (born July 22, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in Bellator's welterweight division.


Williams has an extensive background in wrestling. He started to train when he was eight years old and during his juvenility he earned many state and national titles along with many other honors.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Williams started his professional career in 2011. He fought mainly for California-based promotion Respect in the Cage.

With a record of 7–0 and victories over Strikeforce veteran Eddie Mendez and WEC veteran Fernando Gonzalez, he signed with Bellator.[2]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Williams made his debut on August 24, 2012 at Bellator 73 against fellow newcomer Andy Uhrich. Williams had his first defeat via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).[3]

Williams faced Rod Montoya on October 5, 2012 at Bellator 75. He won via submission in the very first round.[4]

Williams faced UFC veteran Jamie Yager on January 17, 2013 at Bellator 85. He won via TKO in the first round.[5]

Fight Master: Bellator MMA[edit]

On May 6, 2013, it was announced that Williams would be featured as a participant on Bellator MMA reality TV show Fight Master.[6] In the second episode, Joe lost in the entry round via unanimous decision against Cole Williams.[7]

Williams received another chance after the medical suspension of Andy Uhrich due to a cut over his eye during his fight against Dom O'Grady in the entry round.[8] Frank Shamrock picked Williams to fill the last spot of the team.[9] In the fifth episode, Williams is shown facing Ismael Gonzalez in the round of 16 of the tournament. He completely dominated Gonzalez on the ground in round one and finished the fight via submission due to an arm-triangle choke in round two.[10] In the quarterfinals, Williams faced Eric Bradley and lost via majority decision after two rounds.[11]

Post Fight Master[edit]

Williams faced Jesse Juarez on November 2, 2013 at Bellator 106. He lost via submission due to a guillotine choke early in the first round.[12]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

  • Respect in the Cage[1]
    • RITC middleweight title (one time)
    • Three successful title defenses

Adult Citrus Industry[edit]

  • Recipient of "Golden Grapefruit" award

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–2 Jesse Juarez Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 106 November 2, 2013 1 0:57 Long Beach, California, United States
Win 9–1 Jamie Yager TKO (punches) Bellator 85 January 17, 2013 1 4:02 Irvine, California, United States
Win 8–1 Rod Montoya Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 75 October 5, 2012 1 3:17 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Loss 7–1 Andy Uhrich Decision (unanimous) Bellator 73 August 24, 2012 3 5:00 Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, United States
Win 7–0 Vince Alaalatoa Submission (arm-triangle choke) RITC - Respect in the Cage September 10, 2011 3 2:58 Pomona, California, United States Defended RITC middleweight title
Win 6–0 Ben Martin KO (punch) RITC - Respect in the Cage July 30, 2011 1 3:55 Pomona, California, United States Defended RITC middleweight title
Win 5–0 Fernando Gonzalez Decision (split) RITC - Respect in the Cage June 4, 2011 5 5:00 Pomona, California, United States Defended RITC middleweight title
Win 4–0 Eddie Mendez Decision (unanimous) RITC - Respect in the Cage April 23, 2011 5 5:00 Pomona, California, United States Won RITC middleweight title
Win 3–0 Tony Gianopoulos Jr. TKO (punches) RITC - Respect in the Cage March 12, 2011 1 2:57 Pomona, California, United States
Win 2–0 Daniel Mancha TKO (punches) KOTC: Empire February 3, 2011 2 2:06 San Bernardino, California, United States
Win 1–0 Tony Dalton Submission (rear-naked choke) RITC - Respect in the Cage January 15, 2011 3 2:59 Pomona, California, United States


  1. ^ a b Fighter case files: who is Joe Williams? (September 14, 2012)
  2. ^ Bellator 73 lineup finalized with title fight, two tournament finals (August 3, 2012)
  3. ^ Bellator 73 results: Vegh stops Wiuff; Galvão takes Season 6 bantamweight crown by Steven Marrocco ( on August 24, 2012
  4. ^ Bellator 75 prelims results – Ryan Martinez earns tournament alternate slot, Beebe rolls by Jesse Denis ( on October 5, 2012
  5. ^ Bellator 85 results: live play-by-play & updates (January 17, 2013)
  6. ^ 'Fight Master: Bellator MMA' cast unveiled with Riggs, Lozano and 30 others Archived 2013-05-10 at the Wayback Machine. (May 6, 2013)
  7. ^ 'Fight Master: Bellator MMA' recap: episode 2 by Mike Whitman ( on June 26, 2013
  8. ^ 'Fight Master' Episode 3 results recap for Bellator MMA reality show on Spike TV by Brian Hemminger ( on July 10, 2013
  9. ^ 'Fight Master: Bellator MMA' recap: episode 4 by Mike Whitman ( on July 17, 2013
  10. ^ 'Fight Master' episode 5 results recap for Bellator MMA reality show on Spike TV by Brian Hemminger ( on July 24, 2013
  11. ^ Bellator MMA's 'Fight Master' episode No. 9 recap (August 22, 2013)
  12. ^ Eddie Alvarez edges Michael Chandler, regains lightweight title at Bellator 106 by Brian Knapp ( on November 2, 2013