William Romero First IQMMA Champion
Iroquois MMA held its fifth card on September 27 in Ohsweken, Ontario. The card was headlined by a featherweight bout between WIlliam Romero and “Money” Mike Roberts where the winner would become the first ever MMA champion crowned in Ontario.
In that match, William Romero from Iron Tiger Muay Thai defeated Mike Roberts from Dan Severn’s camp in Michigan in an all out four round war with Romero. Romero secured the Rear Naked Choke in the fourth and won the IQMMA Featherweight title and the first ever champion in Ontario.
This was the first time a champion was crowned in Ontario. The reason for this is that MMA is considered illegal by the Ontario Athletic Commission. The OAC claims that MMA breaks Canada’s Criminal Code of Law. The Iroquois Nation residing in Ontario formed its own Grand River Athletic Commission to sponsor the MMA. Since this was the first IQMMA title fight, Romero became the first champion to win in the province.
This was the second time that the two had fought. Romero previously TKO’d Roberts in the second round in June at IQMMA 4. Romero trains out of Iron Tiger Muay Thai which is considered a premiere Muay Thai club with one of, if not the best, Muay Thai coach/trainer in the country – Alin Halmagean. However, this MMA title proves that the Iron Tiger gym is not a one trick pony.