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Ffion Davies is a Welsh grappler and a Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) black belt under Darragh O’Conaill, who is widely regarded as one of the top featherweight competitors of her generation. A judo player for the Wales National Team during her junior years, Davies made a name for herself in the world of BJJ through her many important wins in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit, while representing the East Coast Jiu-Jitsu Academy (ECJJA).

Ffion Davies Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Ffion Eira Davies

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie > Saulo Ribeiro > (Alexandre Ribeiro >) Darragh O’Conaill > Ffion Davies

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2019/2020**)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2019)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LDN (2019 / 2020)
  • 2nd Place ADCC World Championship (2019)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2015 blue, 2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open No-Gi (2018** brown)
  • 1st Place ADCC European Trials (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016/2017 purple)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2018 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Armbar

Weight Division: Peso Pena (58,50 kg / 129.0 lbs)

Team/Association: East Coast Jiu-Jitsu

Ffion Davies Biography

Ffion Eira Davies was born on January 18, 1995, in Swansea, Wales.

Showing interest in physical activities from a young age, Ffion was signed on to different sports from a young age, namely rugby and judo – a martial art she joined at the age of 8, and competed extensively, becoming a Welsh and British Open champion (junior division) as well as a member of the Welsh National Judo team.

Although judo was a big part of her childhood, during her adolescence Davies struggled with self-confidence and felt she didn’t have any solid friendships on the team. Growing disenchanted with the sport, Ffion decided to take a break from any competitive activities. She returned to judo aged 17 for a brief period, but by then the love for the game had faded and once again decided to step away.

In 2013 Ffion Davies found out about mixed martial arts (MMA) and in November that year, decided to join a gym. It was through MMA training that Davies discovered jiu-jitsu, finding similarities to judo but with lesser restrictions, Ffion quickly fell in love with the gi once again.

Swansea BJJ pioneer Chris Rees became Ffion’s first BJJ instructor, one who graded Davies with her blue belt. Although still linked with the Rees affiliation up until her purple belt, soon after her promotion, Ffion and her then-boyfriend chose to sever ties with CRA, to join forces with Darragh O’Conaill‘s East Coast BJJ academy. With EC’s headquarters set in Ireland, the couple followed coach Darragh’s program from a satellite gym set in Cardiff (WAL) – CF24. On June 2018, after splitting from her partner – owner of CF24, Davies decided to spend some time in Ireland, training with coach O’Conaill.

Finding Irish living to be a very positive experience, Ffion decided to prolong her stay and settle in Dublin, and it would be there that Davies was promoted to black belt, on November 27, 2018, by coach Darragh O’Conaill.

Idiosyncrasies

Ffion is a Welsh name, which means Foxglove. The name is often confused with a misspelling error due to its use of two F’s combined. The reason for the FF at the start of the name, however, derives from the inexistence of the letter V in the Welsh alphabet. Instead, the “V” sound is represented by a single F, while F (or Ph) is written as FF.

Ffion Davies Grappling Record

35 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    8 (23%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (71%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
24
6
#86e620
Choke from back
24
6
#5AD3D1
RNC
24
6
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
8
2
#fad11b
Submission
8
2
#f58822
Katagatame
4
1
#224aba
Reverse triangle
4
1
#ff9124
Triangle armbar
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    1 (14%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (71%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Kneebar
20
1
#86e620
Triangle
20
1
#5AD3D1
Straight ankle lock
20
1
#d1212a
Guillotine
20
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ffion Davies Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18439Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersLKneebarNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
18836Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLTriangleEuropean OpenABS4F2019
19990Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaLPts: 10x2World Pro62KGF2019
20384Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.58KGSF2019
20676Catherine PerretCatherine PerretLGuillotineF2W 114N/ASPF2019
21680Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLToe holdADCC60KGF2019
23507Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 9ABSSPF2020
18387Dimitra MindrinouWBow and arrowSpain Nat Pro62KGSF2018
18388Laura PerettiWSubmissionSpain Nat Pro62KGF2018
18389Emilia TuukkanenWReverse triangleDublin Open58KGF2018
18392Arantzazu PerezWChoke from backDublin OpenABSSF2018
18393Claire ThevenonWRNCDublin OpenABSF2018
18435N. SoaresWTriangle armbarNoGi Worlds57KG4F2018
18436Heather RafteryWArmbarNoGi Worlds57KGSF2018
18437Amanda MonteiroAmanda MonteiroWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds57KGF2018
18438Jessica SantosWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18832Gabriela FechterWChoke from backEuropean Open58KGRR2019
18833Gabriela FechterWChoke from backEuropean Open58KGF2019
18840Kelly KilarciyanWChoke from backNetherlands Pro62KGF2019
19169Chris McDonaghWRNCGrappleFestABSSPF2019
19253S. KoikkalainenWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19255Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWPts: 8x0Grand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19256Larissa PaesWPts: 11x4Grand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19376Gezari MatudaWKatagatamePolaris 955KGSPF2019
19388Nathalie RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American58KGSF2019
19389Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWPts: 4x2Pan American58KGF2019
19988Nikki SullivanWArmbarWorld Pro62KG4F2019
19989Kira SungWBow and arrowWorld Pro62KGSF2019
21676Rikako YuasaRikako YuasaWPts: 12x0ADCC60KG4F2019
21679Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWArmbarADCC60KGSF2019
22513Carolina CarrielloWArmbarDublin Open58KGSF2019
22514Julia MaeeWArmbarDublin Open58KGF2019
22896Katherina HillWArmbarEuropean Open64KG4F2020
22897Nikki SullivanWPts: 11x0European Open64KGSF2020
22898C. BaumgartenWRNCEuropean Open64KGF2020
22900Patricia CaiadoWRNCEuropean OpenABSR12020
22901C. BaumgartenWChoke from backEuropean OpenABS4F2020
22903Larissa CamposLarissa CamposWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean OpenABSSF2020
22904Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersWPts: 4x0European OpenABSF2020
23381Alexa YanesWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2020
23382Julia MaeleWPts: 7x0Grand Slam LDN62KGF2020
23738Magdalena LoskaWRNCPolaris Squads66KGSPF2020

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