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

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC (2022)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2022 / 2023)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2018 / 2021 / 2023**)
  • 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 IBJJF Pan Championship (2022 / 2023)
  • 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

74 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    20 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    44 (59%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

44 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
27
12
#86e620
Armbar
25
11
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
18
8
#d1212a
Submission
11
5
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
7
3
#f58822
Katagatame
5
2
#224aba
Tarikoplata
2
1
#ff9124
Reverse triangle
2
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle armbar
2
1
44
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (21%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Toe hold
25
2
#86e620
Kneebar
13
1
#5AD3D1
Triangle
13
1
#d1212a
Straight ankle lock
13
1
#fad11b
Guillotine
13
1
#f58822
Reverse triangle
13
1
#224aba
Choke from back
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ffion Davies Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18569Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersLKneebarNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
18968Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLTriangleEuropean OpenABS4F2019
20158Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaLPts: 10x2World Pro62KGF2019
20558Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.58KGSF2019
20850Catherine PerretCatherine PerretLGuillotineF2W 114N/ASPF2019
21880Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLToe holdADCC60KGF2019
23812Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 9ABSSPF2020
28367Gabi McCombLReverse triangleNoGi WorldsABS4F2021
30705Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 11ABSSPF2022
31183Priscilla AssuncaoLPts: 4x3Grand Slam LDN62KG4F2022
31747Nathalie RibeiroLPts: 2x0Pan American64KGF2022
38220Elisabeth ClayElisabeth ClayLToe holdPolaris 2366KGSF2023
38387Ana VieiraAna VieiraLChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2023
38556Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American64KGF2023
18517Dimitra MindrinouWBow and arrowSpain Nat Pro62KGSF2018
18518Laura PerettiWSubmissionSpain Nat Pro62KGF2018
18519Emilia TuukkanenWReverse triangleDublin Open58KGF2018
18522Arantzazu PerezWChoke from backDublin OpenABSSF2018
18523Claire ThevenonWRNCDublin OpenABSF2018
18565N. SoaresWTriangle armbarNoGi Worlds57KG4F2018
18566Heather RafteryWArmbarNoGi Worlds57KGSF2018
18567Amanda MonteiroAmanda MonteiroWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds57KGF2018
18568Jessica SantosWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18964Gabriela FechterWChoke from backEuropean Open58KGRR2019
18965Gabriela FechterWChoke from backEuropean Open58KGF2019
18974Kelly KilarciyanWChoke from backNetherlands Pro62KGF2019
19320Chris McDonaghWRNCGrappleFestABSSPF2019
19408S. KoikkalainenWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19410Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWPts: 8x0Grand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19411Larissa PaesWPts: 11x4Grand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19536Gezari MatudaWKatagatamePolaris 955KGSPF2019
19548Nathalie RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American58KGSF2019
19549Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWPts: 4x2Pan American58KGF2019
20156Nikki SullivanWArmbarWorld Pro62KG4F2019
20157K. SungWBow and arrowWorld Pro62KGSF2019
21876Rikako YuasaRikako YuasaWPts: 12x0ADCC60KG4F2019
21879Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWArmbarADCC60KGSF2019
22749Carolina CarrielloWArmbarDublin Open58KGSF2019
22750Julia MaeeWArmbarDublin Open58KGF2019
23156Katherina HillWArmbarEuropean Open64KG4F2020
23157Nikki SullivanWPts: 11x0European Open64KGSF2020
23158C. BaumgartenWRNCEuropean Open64KGF2020
23161Patricia CaiadoWRNCEuropean OpenABSR12020
23162C. BaumgartenWChoke from backEuropean OpenABS4F2020
23164Larissa CamposLarissa CamposWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean OpenABSSF2020
23165Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersWPts: 4x0European OpenABSF2020
23671Alexa YanesWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2020
23672Julia MaeleWPts: 7x0Grand Slam LDN62KGF2020
24061Magdalena LoskaWRNCPolaris Squads66KGSPF2020
28348Taylor BiagiWRNCNoGi Worlds61KG4F2021
28351Nikki SullivanWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KGSF2021
28352Hannah SharpWPointsNoGi Worlds61KGF2021
28362Fernanda MazzeliWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12021
28450Nathalie RibeiroWReferee DecisionWNO 1055KGSPF2021
29684Kate SheehanWTarikoplataGrappling Ind.68KGRR2021
29685Priscila BatistaWArmbarGrappling Ind.68KGRR2021
31179Nadine TavaresWPts: 7x0Grand Slam LDN62KGR12022
31189Violeta AngelovaWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KGRPC2022
31190Vitoria VieiraVitoria VieiraWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KGRPC2022
31191Larissa PaesWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KG3RD2022
31741Thamires MonteiroWReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2022
31746Margot CiccarelliMargot CiccarelliWArmbarPan American64KGSF2022
33077Kristin MikkelsonWRNCWorld Champ.64KG8F2022
33083Vitoria VieiraVitoria VieiraWBow and arrowWorld Champ.64KG4F2022
33085Margot CiccarelliMargot CiccarelliWPts: 7x0World Champ.64KGSF2022
33087Janaina LebreJanaina LebreWPts: 2x0World Champ.64KGF2022
33133Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 7ABS4F2022
33143Paige IvetteWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 7ABSSF2022
33146Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 7ABSF2022
33507Vitoria VieiraVitoria VieiraWArmbarRAW 266KGSPF2022
35089Adele FornarinoAdele FornarinoWRNCADCC60KG4F2022
35091Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 6x0ADCC60KGSF2022
35093Brianna Ste-MarieBrianna Ste-MarieWPts: 10x0ADCC60KGF2022
38216Giovanna JaraGiovanna JaraWPts: 4x1Polaris 2366KG4F2023
38383Maria ClaudiaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12023
38551Larissa MartinsWRNCPan American64KG4F2023
38555Janine MuttonWPts: 2x0Pan American64KGSF2023
40489Larissa MartinsWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KG8F2023
40492Julia AlvesJulia AlvesWPts: 2x0World Champ.64KG4F2023
40494Luciane SilvaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGSF2023
40496Janaina LebreJanaina LebreWPts: 6x0World Champ.64KGF2023
42092Jasmine RochaJasmine RochaWReferee DecisionWNO 1957KGSPF2023
45790Joanna TrindadeWKatagatameNoGi World61KGSF2023
45791Amanda BruseWPts: 21x0NoGi World61KGF2023
45818Janine MuttonWArmbarNoGi WorldABSR12023
45819Elizabeth MitrovicWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldABS4F2023
45824Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldABSSF2023
45825Gabrielle McCombWRNCNoGi WorldABSF2023

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