Top ranked UK heavyweight Phil De Fries (14-6) has signed with Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki otherwise known as KSW on a four-fight deal. The 31-year-old has fought all over the world in some of the biggest promotions around including making five appearances in the UFC.
The submission ace has registered twelve stoppage wins and holds career victories over the likes of Oli Thompson, Brett Rogers and, most recently, he submitted James Thompson in the first round this past December in Bellator.
“It’s great to sign with KSW. I’ve fought all over the world and KSW is one of the biggest stages around,” said De Fries. “I’m the best I’ve ever been in my career right now, my training is going great, and I can’t wait to show people the best Phil De Fries yet. I’m coming into KSW to prove something and I am coming for that heavyweight title!”
De Fries joins an exciting KSW heavyweight division which includes Michal Andryszak (20-6), Mariusz Pudzianowski (12-5), Karol Bedorf (14-3), Fernando Rodrigues Jr. (11-4) and more. KSW co-owner Martin Lewandowski spoke of his excitement about adding the Englishman to the roster.
“Phil is a great addition to KSW. He has fought all over the world against some of the best around,” stated Lewandowski. “He is in his prime, he is big, he has experience and he has such a dangerous submission game. Phil De Fries is a threat to everyone in the KSW heavyweight division. I can’t wait to see him debut.”
News on his debut will be announced soon.
Next KSW event
KSW 42 on March 3 and it will be headlined by a Champ vs. Champ superfight between Mamed Khalidov (34-4-2) and Tomasz Narkun (14-2), the card will also feature a match-up between fan favourite Michal Materla (25-5) and UFC veteran Scott Askham (15-4) while KSW legend Lukasz Jurkowski (16-10), lightweight champ Mateusz Gamrot (13-0, 1 NC), and flyweight champ ‘The Violence Queen’ Ariane Lipski (10-3) will also appear on the card.
People can watch live from anywhere around the world on March 3 via online PPV on KSWTV.com.