UFC’s Jordan Williams receives inspiring gift from leading endocrinologist

Jordan Williams knocks out Rodrigues. Credit: Chris Unger/Zuffa/UFC

Jordan Williams (9-3, 1 NC) had a massive performance on last Tuesday’s edition of Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS), defeating Brazilian prospect Gregory Rodrigues (7-3) by vicious KO.

Williams earned himself a UFC contract, thus completing another step towards his dream of becoming a world champion in the promotion, the biggest stage for mixed martial arts.

It wasn’t always easy for Williams, who is a Type 1 diabetic. The 29-year-old Californian has been told by doctors throughout his career that he shouldn’t be competing in the sport he loves.

“Doctors have told me I’ll die doing this,” Williams told MMA-Prospects.

“Every doctor since I was 19 has told me I should not be fighting. I found out I was diabetic right after I started fighting,” Williams continued.

“I found out mid wrestling season, and I became a state champion. I don’t trust these doctors because they diagnosed me wrong, I was Type 1 they told me I was Type 2, same doctors who told me I couldn’t do this.”

It was earlier this week that Williams received some news that he could hardly believe. Dr. Craig Perlman of New York, a leading endocrinologist, got in contact with Williams.

“I got off the phone with the leading endocrinologist in New York, [Dr. Perlman],” Williams said. “[He] happens to be a die-hard UFC fan. He reached out to me saying gets all these pharmaceutical companies sending him insulin. He said, ‘I’d love to send you these insulins’; he is sending me these for free, even this brand-new, ultra long-lasting insulin that is proven to help when you are low. It’ll be perfect for me in training.”

Since insulin, which is notoriously pricey in the U.S., an uninsured Williams had in the past had to rely on Walmart insulin for short-term needs, which was intended to be sold for dogs.

“Walmart insulin is cheaper,” Williams stated. “You can use it for dogs if they have insulin, that is what I use, currently. It’s cheap. I have a prescription, but it’s like 200$ a vial.”

Despite such a generous and life-changing gesture from Dr. Perlman, Williams had to fight to get the doctor to publicly take credit for the good deed. Dr. Perlman, said Williams, did not want to 

“I said thank you so much for being a sponsor,” Williams told Dr. Perlman. “He said he didn’t want to be a sponsor, he reached out because I inspired him, the way I embrace it, he said he saw in all my interviews that I’m a diabetic. I told him, ‘I’m telling the world, whether he is a sponsor or not.’ I fought for this moment for a doctor like him to do reach out for me. Craig Perlman, thank you.”