Billy first stepped into the cage in July of 2010, after training under Ken Blazick for just a few months. He lost a decision to a fighter that was 4-0, but realized right away that being an MMA fighter was what he wanted to do.
While visiting his sister in Tampa, Billy stopped into Gracie Tampa South, met owner, Matt Arroyo, and the rest is history. He took a fight back home (Niagara Falls) and won by TKO, evening his amateur record.
Three weeks later, Billy took another fight, this time in Ft. Myers, Florida, and submitted his opponent. He would win two more fights in the next six months, and was 4-1 before losing a decision in November of 2011. To this day, Billy says this was the only time he has been in the cage and not been completely focused, and vowed to never let that happen again.
He meant what he said, because he would go on to rattle off four more wins in 2012. His last amateur fight was against undefeated fighter, Sean Bonilla, in which Billy won a unanimous decision.
Billy’s first professional fight was in February of 2013 vs. John DeJesus; a fighter that had seven pro fights under his belt. Billy won a tough decision and was 1-0 as a pro.
Five months later, in his adopted hometown of Tampa, Florida, Billy improved his pro record to 2-0 when he submitted a tough fighter, Howard Reece.
Over the next 10 months, Billy’s patience and determination were tested on countless occasions. While in camp for a November card in Tampa, three different fighters agreed and then backed out. At the last minute, veteran fighter, JP Reese agreed to take the fight.
Reese was an All-American wrestler in college, and it showed in his fight with Billy. The two-time Bellator fighter turned the fight into a wrestling match, and would go on to win a decision over Billy.
Injuries and some bad luck would cause Billy to have to wait seven months for his next fight.
Glory Fights invited Billy to fight as the inaugural Main Event in June of 2014 in Woodbridge, VA. It only took Billy 49 seconds to submit his opponent, Sandro da Silva, via arm bar.
A month later, Billy took a fight in Tampa vs. Isaac Figuerola, and was able to submit Figuerola as well, this time with a rear naked choke, improving his professional record to 3-1.
Glory Fights invited Billy back to Virginia to headline Strike Off 2, against veteran, and two-time Bellator fighter, Terrell Hobbs, in September of 2014.
This would turn out to be a brutal contest that had Billy bloodied but not beaten. After two rounds of exchanging punches with Hobbs, Billy locked a deep triangle choke in and would finish the fight at 2:13 of the third round.
In February of 2015, Billy (5-1) fought once again for Glory Fights in Strike Off 4.
Khama Worthy, a striker from Pittsburgh, was coming into the Main Event having won his last six fights.
Billy stood with Worthy for the first round, but took a lot of shots and was planning to take his opponent to the ground in the second round. However, 10 seconds into the second round, Billy caught Worthy with a huge right and knocked the striker out cold.
This victory put Billy at (6-1) and got the attention of the UFC. He was invited to come out to Vegas and tryout for The Ultimate Fighter 22.
Billy continued to impress the judges and producers of TUF and was invited back to Vegas as one of the final 16 American fighters and in now just one fight away from being on The Ultimate Fighter 22.