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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

34 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    8 (24%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (71%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

24 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
25
6
#86e620
Armbar
25
6
#5AD3D1
RNC
21
5
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
8
2
#fad11b
Submission
8
2
#f58822
Reverse triangle
4
1
#224aba
Triangle armbar
4
1
#ff9124
Katagatame
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
5 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    1 (20%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (80%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Kneebar
25
1
#86e620
Triangle
25
1
#5AD3D1
Straight ankle lock
25
1
#d1212a
Toe hold
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ffion Davies Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18402Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersLKneebarNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
18795Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLTriangleEuropean OpenABS4F2019
19928Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaLPts: 10x2World Pro62KGF2019
20319Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.58KGSF2019
21590Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLToe holdADCC60KGF2019
18352Dimitra MindrinouWBow and arrowSpain Nat Pro62KGSF2018
18353Laura PerettiWSubmissionSpain Nat Pro62KGF2018
18354Emilia TuukkanenWReverse triangleDublin Open58KGF2018
18357Arantzazu PerezWChoke from backDublin OpenABSSF2018
18358Claire ThevenonWRNCDublin OpenABSF2018
18398N. SoaresWTriangle armbarNoGi Worlds57KG4F2018
18399Heather RafteryWArmbarNoGi Worlds57KGSF2018
18400Amanda MonteiroAmanda MonteiroWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds57KGF2018
18401Jessica SantosWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18791Gabriela FechterWChoke from backEuropean Open58KGRR2019
18792Gabriela FechterWChoke from backEuropean Open58KGF2019
18797Kelly KilarciyanWChoke from backNetherlands Pro62KGF2019
19119Chris McDonaghWRNCGrappleFestABSSPF2019
19203S. KoikkalainenWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19205Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWPts: 8x0Grand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19206Larissa PaesWPts: 11x4Grand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19322Gezari MatudaWKatagatamePolaris 955KGSPF2019
19333Nathalie RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American58KGSF2019
19334Karen AntunesKaren AntunesWPts: 4x2Pan American58KGF2019
19926Nikki SullivanWArmbarWorld Pro62KG4F2019
19927Kira SungWBow and arrowWorld Pro62KGSF2019
21586Rikako YuasaRikako YuasaWPts: 12x0ADCC60KG4F2019
21589Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWArmbarADCC60KGSF2019
22385Carolina CarrielloWArmbarDublin Open58KGSF2019
22386Julia MaeeWArmbarDublin Open58KGF2019
22752Katherina HillWArmbarEuropean Open64KG4F2020
22753Nikki SullivanWPts: 11x0European Open64KGSF2020
22754C. BaumgartenWRNCEuropean Open64KGF2020
22756Patricia CaiadoWRNCEuropean OpenABSR12020
22757C. BaumgartenWChoke from backEuropean OpenABS4F2020
22759Larissa CamposLarissa CamposWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean OpenABSSF2020
22760Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersWPts: 4x0European OpenABSF2020
23212Alexa YanesWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2020
23213Julia MaeleWPts: 7x0Grand Slam LDN62KGF2020

Ffion Davies vs Larissa Campos

Ffion Davies vs Emilia Tuukkanen

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