A.J. Williams, the MMWA champion, had challenger Da’Marius Jones pinned. However, as referee Nick Ridenour went to his belly to apply the count, Williams felt the leg grip of Jones’s triangle choke. In danger of passing out, A.J. frantically tapped, just as the ref counted his opponent’s shoulders down for three. The match was a rare double-fall draw.
Since a title can’t be won on a draw, the bout was technically a successful defense for A.J. Williams.
MMWA Executive Director Tony Casta and Commissioner Jim Harris decided that, since Williams tapped out in this case, the title should be vacated until the result of a rematch. That was the scene last month at the South Broadway Athletic Club.
This Saturday at the SBAC, a rematch determines the MMWA Heavyweight Championship.
MMWA Heavyweight Championship (held up)
Da’Marius Jones vs. A.J. Williams
#3Moondog Rover (c) vs. Attila Khan
Barackus vs. Ace Hawkins
Johnathon Zulu vs. Billy Diamond
Bell at 8. Tickets are $8.