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Ffion Davies To Defend Tezos WNO Title: Meet The Jiu-Jitsu Champion

Ffion Davies To Defend Tezos WNO Title: Meet The Jiu-Jitsu Champion

Ffion Davies will defend her 125-pound WNO title at Tezos WNO 19: Meregali vs. Duarte in Austin. Meet the no.1 pound-for-pound female no-gi grappler

Aug 9, 2023 by Joe Harrington

Ffion Davies is one the best female jiu-jitsu athletes in the world, and she has the hardware to show it. 

Davies won the WNO 125-pound championship on Oct. 22, 2021 when she defeated Nathalie Ribeiro at WNO: The Return of Gordon Ryan. Davies won the belt as part of the co-main event that night via decision. 

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She returns to the main event scene and is putting that title on the line on Aug. 10 at Tezos WNO 19: Meregali vs. Duarte in Austin, Texas in the Palmer Center. Davies faces a challenger with quite the pedigree in Jasmine Rocha, who's father is UFC and jiu-jitsu medalist Victor Rocha. Jasmine Rocha's brother Achilles is also on the undercard. 

This is Rocha's second appearance on a WNO card but her first as part of the main event. She beat Amanda Bruse earlier this year on the WNO 17: Pena vs. Rodriguez card. 

Davies and Rocha share the main event with Nicholas Meregali and Kaynan Duarte who square off in a heavyweight bout after Davies-Rocha. 

Meregali made quick work of Pedro Marinho in the last WNO event in May, but now faces Duarte, the 2022 ADCC World Champion in the light heavyweight division. Duarte won gold in the super-heavyweight division at the 2023 IBJJF European Championships.

That match will follow the flyweight title match. Here's what to know about Ffion Davies. 

Ffion Davies Is The No.1 Lightweight BJJ Fighter

Davies ended 2022 ranked no.1 in the FloGrappling Lightweight Female Black Belt rankings. She was ranked no.4 earlier that year, but jumped to no.1. 

Davies was ranked no.6 in the pound-for-pound gi rankings. 

When it comes to no-gi, Davies finished 2022 as the no.1 ranked pound-for-pound grappler and no.1 at 125-pounds. 

Rocha was ranked No.4 in the 125-pound no-gi rankings. 

Ffion Davies Was First British ADCC Medalist 

Davies, 28, has made history throughout her career. 

Born in Wales, Davies is the first UK-born ADCC medalist and is the IBJJF black belt No-Gi World champion from the UK. She currently lives and trains in New York. 

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This Is Ffion Davies' WNO Title Defense

Davies, a black belt since 2018, became the champ in the 125-pound class in late 2021 but didn't defend the title in 2022. Her match against Rocha will be her first title defense. 

Ffion Davies Is On A Roll With IBJJF, ADCC Titles

Davies won back-to-back gold medals at IBJJF Worlds and an ADCC World championship. 

She won her second IBJJF World title in June. She has won two IBJJF World No-Gi Championships, once in 2018 and another in 2021.

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The next Tezos WNO event is Aug. 10 in Austin, Texas at the Palmer Events Center. 

The co-main event of Nicholas Meregali vs. Kanan Durate is a no-gi match. The card also includes Felipe Pena, Nicky Ryan and more. Tezos WNO: Meregali vs. Duarte will stream on FloGrappling and the FloSports app. 

Replays of the matches will be available on both platforms.