Phil De Fries
Philip De Fries (born 21 April 1986) is an English mixed martial artist currently competing in the Heavyweight division of Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki. A professional competitor since 2009, De Fries has formerly competed for the UFC, Bellator, and M-1 Global. He is the current KSW heavyweight champion.
|Phil De Fries|
|Born||21 April 1986|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||261 lb (118 kg; 18 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||79 in (201 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Chula Vista, California, United States|
|Team||The Alliance MMA|
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2009–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
De Fries began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the age of 14, and also worked as a drugs counselor before becoming a professional fighter. Since the very beginning of his MMA career, De Fries has shown great submission skills, defeating the likes of Darren Towler and Stav Economou. He made his professional debut in 2009.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
After his win over Stav Economou, De Fries was scouted and has since signed a fight deal with the UFC.
De Fries was expected to make his debut against Oli Thompson at UFC 138. However, on 17 October 2011, it was revealed that Thompson had to pull out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by Rob Broughton. De Fries won the fight via unanimous decision.
De Fries was expected to face Matt Mitrione on 29 December 2012 at UFC 155. However, Mitrione stepped up to fight Roy Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale and was replaced by Todd Duffee. De Fries lost via first round TKO due to punches.
Following his release from the UFC, De Fries return to action on 31 December 2013 in Japan as he faced Strikeforce veteran Brett Rogers at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2013. He won the fight via rear naked choke submission in the first round.
He then faced Judo specialist Satoshi Ishii on the IGF 1 card which took place on 5 April 2014. De Fries lost this fight via unanimous decision.
In the promotional debut De Fries faced Polish prospect Michał Andryszak for the vacant heavyweight championship at KSW 43: Soldić vs. Du Plessis on 14 April 2018. De Fries won the fight via technical knockout in the first round and claimed the championship.
De Fries was initially expected to make his next title defense against Damian Grabowski at KSW 50 on September 14, 2019. However, Grabowski was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injury, and was replaced by Luis Henrique. De Fries won the fight by split decision.
Championships and AccomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|26 matches||19 wins||6 losses|
|Win||18–6 (1)||Luis Henrique||Decision (split)||KSW 50: London||14 September 2019||5||5:00||London, England||Defended the KSW Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||17–6 (1)||Tomasz Narkun||Decision (unanimous)||KSW 47: The X-Warriors||23 March 2019||5||5:00||Łódź, Poland||Defended the KSW Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||16–6 (1)||Karol Bedorf||Submission (americana)||KSW 45: The Return to Wembley||6 October 2018||2||4:26||London, England||Defended the KSW Heavyweight Championship. Submission of the Night.|
|Win||15–6 (1)||Michał Andryszak||TKO (punches)||KSW 43: Soldić vs. Du Plessis||14 April 2018||1||3:32||Wrocław, Poland||Won KSW Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||14–6 (1)||James Thompson||Submission (guillotine choke)||Bellator 191||15 December 2017||1||1:33||Newcastle, England|
|Win||13–6 (1)||Anton Vyazigin||Decision (majority)||M-1 Challenge 84: Kunchenko vs. Romanov||27 October 2017||3||5:00||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||12–6 (1)||Ivan Shtyrkov||TKO (elbows and punches)||RCC Boxing Promotions: Day of Victory 72||5 May 2017||1||1:51||Yekaterinburg, Russia|
|Win||12–5 (1)||Thomas Denham||TKO (punches)||M4tC 22: Warriors||26 November 2016||1||1:37||Tyne and Wear, England|
|Loss||11–5 (1)||Thomas Denham||TKO (punches)||M4tC 16: Invasion||28 February 2015||1||1:01||Tyne and Wear, England|
|Win||11–4 (1)||Łukasz Parobiec||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M4tC 15: Bad Blood||29 November 2014||1||2:03||Tyne and Wear, England|
|Loss||10–4 (1)||Satoshi Ishii||Decision (unanimous)||Inoki Genome Fight 1||5 April 2014||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||10–3 (1)||Brett Rogers||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2013||31 December 2013||1||3:45||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||9–3 (1)||Matt Mitrione||KO (punches)||UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi||6 April 2013||1||0:19||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Loss||9–2 (1)||Todd Duffee||TKO (punches)||UFC 155||29 December 2012||1||2:04||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–1 (1)||Oli Thompson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera||4 August 2012||2||4:16||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||8–1 (1)||Stipe Miocic||KO (punches)||UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger||15 February 2012||1||0:43||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||8–0 (1)||Rob Broughton||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 138||5 November 2011||3||5:00||Birmingham, England|
|Win||7–0 (1)||Stav Economou||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 16||2 July 2011||2||3:56||Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England|
|Win||6–0 (1)||Colin Robinson||Submission (armbar)||Supremacy Fight Challenge 2||29 May 2011||1||1:33||Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England|
|Win||5–0 (1)||Andy Spiers||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Supremacy Fight Challenge 1||27 February 2011||1||3:14||Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England|
|NC||4–0 (1)||Dave Wilson||NC (punches to the back of the head)||Tyneside Fighting Challenge||20 June 2010||1||N/A||Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England|
|Win||4–0||Darren Towler||Submission (D'arce choke)||Strike and Submit 14||30 May 2010||1||3:37||Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England|
|Win||3–0||Grant Hocking||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strike and Submit 13||28 February 2010||1||1:35||Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England|
|Win||2–0||Jamie Sheldon||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strike and Submit 12||4 October 2009||1||2:10||Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England|
|Win||1–0||Darren Towler||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strike and Submit 10||26 April 2009||1||4:48||Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England|
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- Peter Carroll (8 February 2018). "UFC veteran Phil De Fries signs with KSW". mmafighting.com.
- "KSW 45 results: Phil De Fries taps out Karol Bedorf to keep heavyweight title". mmajunkie.com. 6 October 2018.
- Tristen Critchfield (21 January 2019). "Philip De Fries to Face Tomasz Narkun in Champion vs. Champion Bout at KSW 47". sherdog.com.
- Peter Carroll (3 July 2019). "Phil De Fries vs. Damian Grabowski set for KSW 50 main event". mmafighting.com.