Stance: Orthodox
Division: Light Heavyweight
Height: 6' 3"
Reach: 79"
Weight: 235 lbs.


Karl Williams is one of the most accomplished MMA fighters in history. He is a former UFC Lightweight Champion, and he has been fighting professionally since 2009. During his lengthy career, Karl has fought for multiple promotions, including Strikeforce and WEC.

Karl’s fighting style is a mix of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai–two martial arts that have become staples of modern MMA competition. His combination of techniques make him an incredibly dangerous opponent in any situation. Even when he isn’t able to finish fights with strikes or submissions, his ability to dominate opponents on the ground makes him a necessary threat in any matchup.

Karl was born and raised in Washington D.C., where he began training martial arts at age 12 under renowned instructor Roberto Araujo dos Santos (RDS). Under RDS’ tutelage Karl would go on to win numerous local tournaments as well as two national championships by the time he joined the mixed martial arts world in 2006.

After transitioning into professional mixed martial arts competition, Karl competed mostly under small regional organizations before joining Bellator Fighting Championships (now known as Bellator MMA) for its lightweight division tournament series finale event in 2009; this event marked Karl’s official entry into the big leagues of professional combat sports competition around the world and not only did it grant him exposure but also won him an impressive victory over Carlos Prater via first round submission due to arm injuries inflicted during standup exchange which earned him both Fight Of The Night honors from Bellator officials as well as praise from then-Bellator Chairman Bjorn Rebney himself .

In 2011 after experiencing losses against top contenders such as Pat Curran at Bellators Season 4 featherweight tournament finals , Karl switched promotions again while still competing within or above 155 lbs weight class by joining World Extreme Cagefighting(WEC). During his tenure there ,he accrued several victories including notable wins against Shane Roller & Bart Palaszewski both via split decision ; however despite having successfully defended WECs belt twice prior to being acquired by Ultimate Fighting Championship organization alongside other notable fighters after WEC was dissolved into UFCs roster ; unfortunately due to contract negotiations falling through between organization & athlete they could never put together meaningful fight cards featuring fighter meaning after whole ordeal ended up leaving UFC altogether yet again effectively ending his tenure with promotion .

Nowadays , albeit having endured several setbacks outside&inside cage alike throughout course of career ,Kal continues making headlines all around world collecting accolades such Team USA Olympic Judo Nominations throughout course multisport bouts appearances internationally -all while maintaining active presence inside octagon ultimately making sure people always remember why its important for their peers be recognized call attention even if it means putting everything line order seek success . As many know what sets someone apart from average individual often times reflect amount courage willingness take risks so one can reap rewards later down road no matter how long journey may seem be …this idea certainly lives through every single move Kal has made thus far rise stardom pathway glory !

Fight History

Chase Sherman
Karl Williams: Winner
by Unanimous Decision in Round 3
Sat. May 13, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Almeida
Chase Sherman
Awaiting Outcome
Sat. Apr 08, 2023
UFC 287: Pereira vs. Adesanya 2
Lukasz Brzeski
Karl Williams: Winner
by Unanimous Decision in Round 3
Sat. Mar 11, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Yan vs. Dvalishvili