GrappleFest 9: Tayane & Ffion To Tangle In Openweight Affair

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Professional grappling comes home to the UK on July 4 as GrappleFest returns with their ninth event! 

The promotion has put together an ambitious main event featuring lightweight competitor Ffion Davies and super-heavyweight world champion Tayane Porfirio that is certain to thrill. Supporting the leading ladies in the co-main event is guaranteed between Jackson Sousa and Dan Strauss.

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Main Event: Ffion Davies Vs Tayane Porfirio


This is a matchup that nobody asked for but has clearly captured everyone's attention now that it's here – kudos to the clever minds over at GrappleFest for setting this up. 

Ffion Davies was a breakout star in 2019, capturing the 2019 European, Pan, and Brazilian National Championships. She also earned a stunning submission win over the GOAT of women's jiu-jitsu, Beatriz Mesquita, at ADCC later that year. She's the most accomplished European jiu-Jitsu athlete of all time, and her black bet career remains yet its infancy. 

Meanwhile, Tayane Porfirio was on a rocketship to the top of the jiu-jitsu world before getting handed a four-year doping ban (only affecting appearances in the IBJJF) by USADA in 2018. Since then, the Brazilian athlete relocated to the UK, and this is her first time back in action.

The size difference in this match is incredible, with Tayane likely weighing in 40-45 kilos (89-100lbs) more than Ffion. Considering the format is submission-only and no-gi, Ffion does stand a strong chance of pulling off the upset.

Co-Main: Jackson Sousa vs Daniel Strauss


Daniel Strauss, or "The Raspberry Ape," is one of the UK's most beloved grappling stars. 

A black belt under Roger Gracie, Strauss is a veteran of promotions such as ADCC, Polaris, EBI, and more. Exceptionally physical and not afraid of making things nasty, Strauss can be considered a showman and loves to play to the crowd; we expect him to hurl himself into the fire against Jackson Sousa. 

Sousa, a Brazilian-born competitor representing Checkmat and currently living in London, is one of the best competitors of his generation. A technician who can also turn up the pace to a level that is hard for others to match, Sousa has solid wrestling and incredible passing.

Full Card

  • Ffion Davies vs Tayane Porfirio (open weight)
  • Jackson Sousa vs Dan Strauss u94kgs
  • Ashley Williams vs Kevin Corkhill u70kgs
  • Lew Long vs Ben Hills u90kgs
  • Chris Walsh vs Freddie Sykes u90kgs
  • Ellis Younger vs Craig McIntosh 75kgs
  • Wing Chau Cheung vs Yousuf Nabi u75kgs
  • Lee Chadwick vs Edward Aitken u100kgs
  • Ollie Bates vs Michael D'Aguiar 70kgs
  • Mick Stanton vs Kieran Malone 90kgs
  • Tyreeze Cunlifffe vs Lucas De Sales 77kgs
  • Jack Fletcher vs Thomas Burroughs 70kgs

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