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Ffion Davies

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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
Choke from back
24
6
#86e620
RNC
24
6
#5AD3D1
Armbar
24
6
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
8
2
#fad11b
Submission
8
2
#f58822
Reverse triangle
4
1
#224aba
Triangle armbar
4
1
#ff9124
Katagatame
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
Straight ankle lock
20
1
#86e620
Guillotine
20
1
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
20
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
20
1
#fad11b
Triangle
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ffion Davies Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18475Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersLKneebarNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
18873Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLTriangleEuropean OpenABS4F2019
20030Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaLPts: 10x2World Pro62KGF2019
20424Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.58KGSF2019
20716Catherine PerretCatherine PerretLGuillotineF2W 114N/ASPF2019
21730Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLToe holdADCC60KGF2019
23591Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 9ABSSPF2020
18423Dimitra MindrinouWBow and arrowSpain Nat Pro62KGSF2018
18424Laura PerettiWSubmissionSpain Nat Pro62KGF2018
18425Emilia TuukkanenWReverse triangleDublin Open58KGF2018
18428Arantzazu PerezWChoke from backDublin OpenABSSF2018
18429Claire ThevenonWRNCDublin OpenABSF2018
18471N. SoaresWTriangle armbarNoGi Worlds57KG4F2018
18472Heather RafteryWArmbarNoGi Worlds57KGSF2018
18473Amanda MonteiroAmanda MonteiroWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds57KGF2018
18474Jessica SantosWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18869Gabriela FechterWChoke from backEuropean Open58KGRR2019
18870Gabriela FechterWChoke from backEuropean Open58KGF2019
18877Kelly KilarciyanWChoke from backNetherlands Pro62KGF2019
19206Chris McDonaghWRNCGrappleFestABSSPF2019
19290S. KoikkalainenWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19292Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWPts: 8x0Grand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19293Larissa PaesWPts: 11x4Grand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19416Gezari MatudaWKatagatamePolaris 955KGSPF2019
19428Nathalie RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American58KGSF2019
19429Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWPts: 4x2Pan American58KGF2019
20028Nikki SullivanWArmbarWorld Pro62KG4F2019
20029Kira SungWBow and arrowWorld Pro62KGSF2019
21726Rikako YuasaRikako YuasaWPts: 12x0ADCC60KG4F2019
21729Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWArmbarADCC60KGSF2019
22570Carolina CarrielloWArmbarDublin Open58KGSF2019
22571Julia MaeeWArmbarDublin Open58KGF2019
22963Katherina HillWArmbarEuropean Open64KG4F2020
22964Nikki SullivanWPts: 11x0European Open64KGSF2020
22965C. BaumgartenWRNCEuropean Open64KGF2020
22967Patricia CaiadoWRNCEuropean OpenABSR12020
22968C. BaumgartenWChoke from backEuropean OpenABS4F2020
22970Larissa CamposLarissa CamposWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean OpenABSSF2020
22971Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersWPts: 4x0European OpenABSF2020
23453Alexa YanesWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2020
23454Julia MaeleWPts: 7x0Grand Slam LDN62KGF2020
23831Magdalena LoskaWRNCPolaris Squads66KGSPF2020

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