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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

78 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    20 (26%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    47 (60%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

47 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
28
13
#86e620
RNC
28
13
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
17
8
#d1212a
Submission
11
5
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
6
3
#f58822
Katagatame
4
2
#224aba
Tarikoplata
2
1
#ff9124
Reverse triangle
2
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle armbar
2
1
47
(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
Choke from back
13
1
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
1
#d1212a
Triangle
13
1
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
13
1
#f58822
Guillotine
13
1
#224aba
Reverse triangle
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ffion Davies Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18576Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersLKneebarNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
18975Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLTriangleEuropean OpenABS4F2019
20165Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaLPts: 10x2World Pro62KGF2019
20565Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.58KGSF2019
20857Catherine PerretCatherine PerretLGuillotineF2W 114N/ASPF2019
21890Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLToe holdADCC60KGF2019
23822Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 9ABSSPF2020
28380Gabi McCombLReverse triangleNoGi WorldsABS4F2021
30719Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 11ABSSPF2022
31198Priscilla AssuncaoLPts: 4x3Grand Slam LDN62KG4F2022
31762Nathalie RibeiroLPts: 2x0Pan American64KGF2022
38251Elisabeth ClayElisabeth ClayLToe holdPolaris 2366KGSF2023
38420Ana VieiraAna VieiraLChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2023
38594Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American64KGF2023
18524Dimitra MindrinouWBow and arrowSpain Nat Pro62KGSF2018
18525Laura PerettiWSubmissionSpain Nat Pro62KGF2018
18526Emilia TuukkanenWReverse triangleDublin Open58KGF2018
18529Arantzazu PerezWChoke from backDublin OpenABSSF2018
18530Claire ThevenonWRNCDublin OpenABSF2018
18572N. SoaresWTriangle armbarNoGi Worlds57KG4F2018
18573Heather RafteryWArmbarNoGi Worlds57KGSF2018
18574Amanda MonteiroAmanda MonteiroWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds57KGF2018
18575Jessica SantosWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18971Gabriela FechterWChoke from backEuropean Open58KGRR2019
18972Gabriela FechterWChoke from backEuropean Open58KGF2019
18981Kelly KilarciyanWChoke from backNetherlands Pro62KGF2019
19327Chris McDonaghWRNCGrappleFestABSSPF2019
19415S. KoikkalainenWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19417Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWPts: 8x0Grand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19418Larissa PaesWPts: 11x4Grand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19543Gezari MatudaWKatagatamePolaris 955KGSPF2019
19555Nathalie RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American58KGSF2019
19556Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWPts: 4x2Pan American58KGF2019
20163Nikki SullivanWArmbarWorld Pro62KG4F2019
20164K. SungWBow and arrowWorld Pro62KGSF2019
21886Rikako YuasaRikako YuasaWPts: 12x0ADCC60KG4F2019
21889Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWArmbarADCC60KGSF2019
22759Carolina CarrielloWArmbarDublin Open58KGSF2019
22760Julia MaeeWArmbarDublin Open58KGF2019
23166Katherina HillWArmbarEuropean Open64KG4F2020
23167Nikki SullivanWPts: 11x0European Open64KGSF2020
23168C. BaumgartenWRNCEuropean Open64KGF2020
23171Patricia CaiadoWRNCEuropean OpenABSR12020
23172C. BaumgartenWChoke from backEuropean OpenABS4F2020
23174Larissa CamposLarissa CamposWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean OpenABSSF2020
23175Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersWPts: 4x0European OpenABSF2020
23681Alexa YanesWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2020
23682Julia MaeleWPts: 7x0Grand Slam LDN62KGF2020
24071Magdalena LoskaWRNCPolaris Squads66KGSPF2020
28361Taylor BiagiWRNCNoGi Worlds61KG4F2021
28364Nikki SullivanWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KGSF2021
28365Hannah SharpWPointsNoGi Worlds61KGF2021
28375Fernanda MazzeliWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12021
28463Nathalie RibeiroWReferee DecisionWNO 1055KGSPF2021
29697Kate SheehanWTarikoplataGrappling Ind.68KGRR2021
29698Priscila BatistaWArmbarGrappling Ind.68KGRR2021
31194Nadine TavaresWPts: 7x0Grand Slam LDN62KGR12022
31204Violeta AngelovaWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KGRPC2022
31205Vitoria VieiraVitoria VieiraWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KGRPC2022
31206Larissa PaesWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KG3RD2022
31756Thamires MonteiroWReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2022
31761Margot CiccarelliMargot CiccarelliWArmbarPan American64KGSF2022
33095Kristin MikkelsonWRNCWorld Champ.64KG8F2022
33101Vitoria VieiraVitoria VieiraWBow and arrowWorld Champ.64KG4F2022
33103Margot CiccarelliMargot CiccarelliWPts: 7x0World Champ.64KGSF2022
33105Janaina LebreJanaina LebreWPts: 2x0World Champ.64KGF2022
33151Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 7ABS4F2022
33161Paige IvetteWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 7ABSSF2022
33164Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 7ABSF2022
33525Vitoria VieiraVitoria VieiraWArmbarRAW 266KGSPF2022
35107Adele FornarinoAdele FornarinoWRNCADCC60KG4F2022
35109Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 6x0ADCC60KGSF2022
35111Brianna Ste-MarieBrianna Ste-MarieWPts: 10x0ADCC60KGF2022
38247Giovanna JaraGiovanna JaraWPts: 4x1Polaris 2366KG4F2023
38416Maria ClaudiaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12023
38589Larissa MartinsWRNCPan American64KG4F2023
38593Janine MuttonWPts: 2x0Pan American64KGSF2023
40538Larissa MartinsWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KG8F2023
40541Julia AlvesJulia AlvesWPts: 2x0World Champ.64KG4F2023
40543Luciane SilvaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGSF2023
40545Janaina LebreJanaina LebreWPts: 6x0World Champ.64KGF2023
42156Jasmine RochaJasmine RochaWReferee DecisionWNO 1957KGSPF2023
45864Joanna TrindadeWKatagatameNoGi World61KGSF2023
45865Amanda BruseWPts: 21x0NoGi World61KGF2023
45890Janine MuttonWArmbarNoGi WorldABSR12023
45891Elizabeth MitrovicWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldABS4F2023
45896Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldABSSF2023
45897Gabrielle McCombWRNCNoGi WorldABSF2023
46352Luana PinheiroWRNCADXC2NASPF2024
48104Brianna Ste-MarieBrianna Ste-MarieWReferee DecisionPolaris 2756KGSPF2024
48424Nikki GriffithsNikki GriffithsWArmbarSubversion65KGSPF2024
49937Morgan BlackMorgan BlackWArmbarADXC 461KGSPF2024

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