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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 World Championship (2022)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2018 / 2021)
  • 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

59 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    14 (24%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    38 (64%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

38 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
26
10
#86e620
Armbar
26
10
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
16
6
#d1212a
Submission
13
5
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
8
3
#f58822
Katagatame
3
1
#224aba
Tarikoplata
3
1
#ff9124
Reverse triangle
3
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle armbar
3
1
38
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
11 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (55%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (18%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Kneebar
17
1
#86e620
Triangle
17
1
#5AD3D1
Straight ankle lock
17
1
#d1212a
Guillotine
17
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
17
1
#f58822
Reverse triangle
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ffion Davies Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18560Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersLKneebarNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
18959Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLTriangleEuropean OpenABS4F2019
20144Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaLPts: 10x2World Pro62KGF2019
20544Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.58KGSF2019
20836Catherine PerretCatherine PerretLGuillotineF2W 114N/ASPF2019
21865Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLToe holdADCC60KGF2019
23782Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 9ABSSPF2020
28326Gabi McCombLReverse triangleNoGi WorldsABS4F2021
30628Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 11ABSSPF2022
31102Priscilla AssuncaoLPts: 4x3Grand Slam LDN62KG4F2022
31666Nathalie RibeiroLPts: 2x0Pan American64KGF2022
18508Dimitra MindrinouWBow and arrowSpain Nat Pro62KGSF2018
18509Laura PerettiWSubmissionSpain Nat Pro62KGF2018
18510Emilia TuukkanenWReverse triangleDublin Open58KGF2018
18513Arantzazu PerezWChoke from backDublin OpenABSSF2018
18514Claire ThevenonWRNCDublin OpenABSF2018
18556N. SoaresWTriangle armbarNoGi Worlds57KG4F2018
18557Heather RafteryWArmbarNoGi Worlds57KGSF2018
18558Amanda MonteiroAmanda MonteiroWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds57KGF2018
18559Jessica SantosWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18955Gabriela FechterWChoke from backEuropean Open58KGRR2019
18956Gabriela FechterWChoke from backEuropean Open58KGF2019
18963Kelly KilarciyanWChoke from backNetherlands Pro62KGF2019
19308Chris McDonaghWRNCGrappleFestABSSPF2019
19396S. KoikkalainenWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19398Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWPts: 8x0Grand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19399Larissa PaesWPts: 11x4Grand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19524Gezari MatudaWKatagatamePolaris 955KGSPF2019
19536Nathalie RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American58KGSF2019
19537Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWPts: 4x2Pan American58KGF2019
20142Nikki SullivanWArmbarWorld Pro62KG4F2019
20143K. SungWBow and arrowWorld Pro62KGSF2019
21861Rikako YuasaRikako YuasaWPts: 12x0ADCC60KG4F2019
21864Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWArmbarADCC60KGSF2019
22724Carolina CarrielloWArmbarDublin Open58KGSF2019
22725Julia MaeeWArmbarDublin Open58KGF2019
23131Katherina HillWArmbarEuropean Open64KG4F2020
23132Nikki SullivanWPts: 11x0European Open64KGSF2020
23133C. BaumgartenWRNCEuropean Open64KGF2020
23136Patricia CaiadoWRNCEuropean OpenABSR12020
23137C. BaumgartenWChoke from backEuropean OpenABS4F2020
23139Larissa CamposLarissa CamposWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean OpenABSSF2020
23140Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersWPts: 4x0European OpenABSF2020
23641Alexa YanesWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2020
23642Julia MaeleWPts: 7x0Grand Slam LDN62KGF2020
24030Magdalena LoskaWRNCPolaris Squads66KGSPF2020
28307Taylor BiagiWRNCNoGi Worlds61KG4F2021
28310Nikki SullivanWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KGSF2021
28311Hannah SharpWPointsNoGi Worlds61KGF2021
28321Fernanda MazzeliWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12021
28407Nathalie RibeiroWReferee DecisionWNO 1055KGSPF2021
29637Kate SheehanWTarikoplataGrappling Ind.68KGRR2021
29638Priscila BatistaWArmbarGrappling Ind.68KGRR2021
31098Nadine TavaresWPts: 7x0Grand Slam LDN62KGR12022
31108Violeta AngelovaWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KGRPC2022
31109Vitoria VieiraVitoria VieiraWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KGRPC2022
31110Larissa PaesWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KG3RD2022
31660Thamires MonteiroWReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2022
31665Margot CiccarelliMargot CiccarelliWArmbarPan American64KGSF2022
32984Kristin MikkelsonWRNCWorld Champ.64KG8F2022
32990Vitoria VieiraVitoria VieiraWBow and arrowWorld Champ.64KG4F2022
32992Margot CiccarelliMargot CiccarelliWPts: 7x0World Champ.64KGSF2022
32994Janaina LebreJanaina LebreWPts: 2x0World Champ.64KGF2022
33040Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 7ABS4F2022
33050Paige IvetteWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 7ABSSF2022
33053Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 7ABSF2022
33404Vitoria VieiraVitoria VieiraWArmbarRAW 266KGSPF2022
34962Adele FornarinoWRNCADCC60KG4F2022
34964Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 6x0ADCC60KGSF2022
34966Brianna Ste-MarieBrianna Ste-MarieWPts: 10x0ADCC60KGF2022

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