Willie Williams (karateka)
14 July 1951 |
North Carolina, United States
|Other names||Bear Killer|
|Height||2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||105 kg (231 lb; 16.5 st)|
|Team||World Oyama Karate|
|Mixed martial arts record|
In 1979, Willie Williams took part in the Karate World Championships. Around 160 fighters from all over the world were at the start of the open weight class. Williams was able to battle his way through the semifinals, where he was defeated by Keizo Mikabe. He made his second appearance at Karate World Championships in 1984. This time Willie Williams made it to the last 32.
In 1980, Williams fought Japan’s top pro-wrestling star Antonio Inoki for the World Heavyweight Martial Arts Championship in Tokyo. The bout ended in a draw after both competitors repeatedly fell out of the ring. Although the match was worked, it is seen as a precursor to modern mixed martial art. William’s fight against Inoki was voted as the top professional fighting match in Japan in the 20th century in 2003 by professional Japanese fight analysts.
Williams debuted in November 1992 in the combat sport promotion Fighting Network RINGS. After having fought 13 matches for the Japan based organization he retired in October 1994.
- 3rd World Open Karate Tournament 1984 (IKO) - Final 32
- 2nd World Open Karate Tournament 1979 (IKO) - 3rd Place
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||9 wins||4 losses|
|Win||9-4||Pieter Oele||TKO||RINGS - Mega Battle Tournament 1994: Second Round||October 22, 1994||1||6:41||Fukuoka, Japan|
|Win||8-4||Masayuki Naruse||TKO||RINGS - Rings 1994 in Ariake||June 18, 1994||1||10:54||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||7-4||Akira Maeda||Submission||RINGS - Rings 1994 in Sendai||May 17, 1994||1||2:38||Sendai, Japan|
|Loss||7-3||Dick Vrij||Decision||RINGS - Mega Battle Tournament 1993: First Round||October 23, 1993||5||3:00||Fukuoka, Japan|
|Win||7-2||Dick Vrij||Decision||RINGS - Battle Dimension: Toky Bay Area Circuit III||August 21, 1993||5||3:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||6-2||Bitsadze Tariel||Submission||RINGS - Battle Dimension: Osaka Metropolitan Circuit II||July 13, 1993||3||1:35||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||5-2||Volk Han||Submission||RINGS - Battle Dimension: Tokyo Bay Area Circuit II||July 16, 1993||1||11:46||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5-1||Yukihiro Takenami||KO||RINGS - Mega Battle Tournament 1992: Second Round||November 13, 1992||2||1:33||Hiroshima, Japan|
|Loss||4-1||Akira Maeda||Submission||RINGS - Mega Battle VI: Hayate||July 16, 1992||3||2:03||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||4-0||Ton van Maurik||KO||RINGS - Mega Battle V: Shi Shi Ku||June 25, 1992||1||5:08||Hiroshima, Japan|
|Win||3-0||Bitsadze Ameran||KO||RINGS - Mega Battle IV: Kohrin||May 16, 1992||3||2:07||Hiroshima, Japan|
|Win||2-0||Mitsuya Nagai||KO||RINGS - Mega Battle III: Ikazuchi||April 3, 1992||2||1:13||Hiroshima, Japan|
|Win||1-0||Peter Smit||TKO||RINGS - Mega Battle Tournament 1992: Second Round||November 13, 1992||1||2:50||Yokohama, Japan|
|1992-03-26||Nobuaki Kakuta||RINGS - Kakutogi Olympic|
|1991-06-04||Loss||Masaaki Satake||USA Oyama Karate vs. Karate Masamichi||Decision (Unanimous)||3|
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
- "Legendary Karate fighter, film star Willie Williams conducts local seminar". The Daily Herald. 2014-05-27. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
- "World Open Tournaments Kyokushinkai". Kyokushin Canada. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
- Full bout available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0B1mugcGO4