New Jersey: The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its seventh class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the seventh dinner gala to be held at The Event Center in iPlay America in Freehold, NJ on December 6, 2019.
On December 6th, Tim Williams will be inducted as MMA FIGHTER.
After an accident that nearly took my life at the age of 19, I started training to keep me out of trouble. I called all over South Jersey looking for a mma gym. I found a local judo club and trained there for a couple months. While there, I was introduced to BJJ from a local blue belt who opened his own school shortly after. I was doing well competing in grappling tournaments and decided to try mma. I was the only fighter at the school at the time, so I started going to Balance Studios and 302 Bjj to prepare for my first fight. I decided to train there for the remainder of my career and went on as an amateur to be 6-0 mma, 3-0 kickboxing, and 6-1 boxing in addition to placing in a bunch of grappling matches. I was supposed to have my pro debut against Chris Weidman and discovered I had a brain aneurysm. I would have never known if it wasn’t for fighting. After recovering from surgery I went on to win some local titles and got the call for the ultimate fighter show. After losing my second fight in the house I went back to regional scene and built my record to 15-3, which got me signed to Ufc. Unfortunately I lost 2 of my fights and was released. Throughout my whole career I worked as a union carpenter and never trained full time, it was more of a hobby then a job to me. I never expected fighting to take me as far as I went. I’m extremely happy with all the experiences and people I met along the way. Martial Arts has molded me into the man I am today and the sport is one of the best things to ever happen to me. I’m so thankful I found mixed martial arts.
We hope you will join us on December 6, 2019. Mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets early so you can be sure to be a part of New Jersey martial arts history. Call 201-538-4843 or visit www.deadseriousmma.com and get your ticket and join us in a historic night for New Jersey and for martial arts. It is certain to be a terrific night with family, friends, fun, and music.
Here is the complete list of award winners:
2019 Seventh Class Inductee Awards
Gary Shaw – Combat Sports Promoter
Gordon Ryan – Jiu Jitsu
Kumron Vaitayanon – Muay Thai
Marlon Moraes – MMA Fighter
Anthony Ashnault – Wrestling
Gasper Oliver – Amateur MMA Fighter / NJSACB Referee
Dr. Stu Patel – Ringside Physician
Edson Carvalho – MMA Fighter / Corner man
Phil Nurse – Muay Thai
Murat Keshtov – Martial Arts Trainer
Jerry Fatjo – Martial Arts Trainer
Steven Bongiorno – Martial Arts Trainer
Tim William – MMA Fighter
George Sullivan – MMA Fighter
Andy Main – MMA Fighter
Jeff Lentz – MMA Fighter
Corey Anderson – MMA Fighter