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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 (1986-04-21) 21 April 1986 (age 33)
Sunderland, England
Other namesF-11
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight261 lb (118 kg; 18 st 9 lb)
Reach79 in (201 cm)
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofChula Vista, California, United States
TeamThe Alliance MMA
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2009–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission12
By decision4
By knockout5
By decision1
No contests1
Other information
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.[1]

De Fries was expected to make his debut against Oli Thompson at UFC 138.[2] 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.[3] De Fries won the fight via unanimous decision.

In his second UFC fight, De Fries faced Stipe Miocic on 15 February 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1.[4] He lost the fight via KO in the first round.

De Fries faced former strongman Oli Thompson at UFC on Fox 4.[5] He won the fight via submission in the second round.

De Fries was expected to face Matt Mitrione on 29 December 2012 at UFC 155.[6] However, Mitrione stepped up to fight Roy Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale and was replaced by Todd Duffee.[7] De Fries lost via first round TKO due to punches.

Mitrione vs. De Fries eventually took place on 6 April 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9.[8] He lost the bout via knockout in the first round. Following the loss De Fries was released from the promotion.[9]


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.

Bellator MMAEdit

De Fries made his Bellator MMA debut on 15 December 2017 at Bellator 191 against Pride FC vet James Thompson.[10] He won the fight via submission in the first round.


On 8 February 2018 it was announced that De Fries had signed a four-fight contract with Polish MMA promotion Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki.[11]

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.

On 6 October 2018 De Fries made his first title defense against Karol Bedorf at KSW 45: The Return to Wembley, retaining his championship via keylock submission in the second round.[12]

De Fries successfully defended his title against reigning KSW Light Heavyweight champion Tomasz Narkun at KSW 47 on 23 March 2019, winning the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

De Fries was initially expected to make his next title defense against Damian Grabowski at KSW 50 on September 14, 2019.[14] 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
By knockout 2 5
By submission 13 0
By decision 4 1
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ MMAJunkie Staff "Heavyweight Philip De Fries signs with UFC, expected to debut at UFC 138" Archived 14 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine, MMA Junkie, 29 July 2011, accessed 29 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Sources: Thompson-De Fries Targeted for UFC 138 in England". Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Hathaway, Thompson out of UFC 138". Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Philip De Fries vs. Stipe Miocic added to UFC on FUEL TV 1". 21 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012.
  5. ^ "UK UFC News - Phil De Fries vs. Oli Thompson At UFC On Fox 4". Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Matt Mitrione vs. Phil DeFries Added to UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II". 31 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Todd Duffee back in UFC, faces Phil De Fries at UFC 155". 21 November 2012. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013.
  8. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 9 adds Mitrione-De Fries". mmajunkie.comdate=9 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Phil De Fries, Chris Spang and Five Others Released From The UFC". 30 April 2013. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Thompson vs. De Fries - MMA".
  11. ^ Peter Carroll (8 February 2018). "UFC veteran Phil De Fries signs with KSW".
  12. ^ "KSW 45 results: Phil De Fries taps out Karol Bedorf to keep heavyweight title". 6 October 2018.
  13. ^ Tristen Critchfield (21 January 2019). "Philip De Fries to Face Tomasz Narkun in Champion vs. Champion Bout at KSW 47".
  14. ^ Peter Carroll (3 July 2019). "Phil De Fries vs. Damian Grabowski set for KSW 50 main event".

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