Damian Grabowski

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Damian Grabowski
Born (1980-05-12) May 12, 1980 (age 34)
Opole, Poland
Other names Polish Pit Bull
Residence Opole, Poland
Nationality Polish
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 240 lb (109 kg; 17 st 2 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Opole, Poland
Team Lutadores Opole
FightSpirit Gym
Rank brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 20
By knockout 6
By submission 11
By decision 3
Losses 2
By submission 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 10, 2013

Damian Grabowski (born May 12, 1980) is a Polish mixed martial artist. He fights in the heavyweight division and competed for various European MMA promotions, gathering a perfect record of twelve wins in a streak, all by stoppage, with four of them earned in a one-night sixteen men heavyweight tournament, before signing with Bellator. Grabowski is a multiple Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion of Poland,vice champion of the world and Europe champion. According to the global-mma.com rankings, he is the number 5 ranked fighter in the world (outside of the UFC).

Biography[edit]

Grabowski comes from a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling background, having much success in those disciplines. Damian is currently ranked as #1 Polish Heavyweight Mixed Martial Artist by MMAROCKS.PL [1] and #1 European Heavyweight Mixed Martial Artist by groundandpound.de [2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Grabowski defeated Kiril Handzhiyski at FX3 on June 13 in London (a last-minute replacement for Gary Rawlings).

Damian was then scheduled to fight PRIDE veteran Valentijn Overeem at a Beast of the East event in November in Gdynia, Poland and also Thorsten Kronz (known from Team Germany on M-1) on December 5 in Darmstadt, Germany on Mix Fight Gala IX.

[3] [4] Damian sustained a shoulder injury during training just a few days before the Overeem fight and had to drop out of both.

He recently returned with a first-round armbar win against Dion Staring and then fought at BOTE - Gdynia II in June against Michał Kita to determine the best heavyweight fighter in Poland. After connecting with a powerful upkick that cut the eyebrow of Kita, who slipped, falling out of the ring, Damian was declared the winner by doctor stoppage due to a heavily swollen eye.[5]

MMAROCKS.PL first announced that Damian signed a contract with Bellator FC and will compete in their heavyweight tournament at Bellator XXV in August 2010.[6] His opponent in the first round was Scott Barrett [7] .[8] He won the fight via unanimous decision and was expected to face Neil Grove in the semi-finals, but instead faced Cole Konrad. His winning streak of thirteen snapped, as he lost the fight via unanimous decision, being unable to stop the takedowns of Konrad, the future winner of the tournament.

For almost three years, Grabowski was on impressive 6- win streak winning with Joaquim Ferreira On MMA Attack, with Eddie Sanchez on MMA Attack 2, with Dave Huckaba on Bellator 67, with Stav Economou on MMA Attack 3, with Tadas Rimkevicius on M-1 Challenge 39, and with Kenny Garner on M-1 Challenge 44: Battle of Kulikovo. The last one was for the M-1 Heavyweight Championship.

During M-1 Challenge 50 (August 15, 2014), Grabowski fought against his friend, also the Polish fighter, unbeated Marcin Tybura. Tybura managed to take Grabowski down early in the first round and won the fight by mean of the north/south choke. Surprised Grabowski didn't spare the compliments for Tybura after the fight, as the championship belt left in Poland.

Trivia[edit]

Grabowski's entrance song is 40:1 by Sabaton.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Ultimate Cage Fighters Championship
    • UCFC 2009 Heavyweight Tournament Winner

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 20–2 Konstantin Gluhov Submission (arm-triangle choke) M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire November 25, 2014 3 1:47 Beijing, China
Loss 19–2 Marcin Tybura Technical Submission (north/south choke) M-1 Challenge 50: Battle on Neva August 15, 2014 1 1:28 St. Petersburg, Russia Lost the M-1 Heavyweight Championship
Win 19–1 Kenny Garner Submission (arm-triangle choke) M-1 Challenge 44: Battle Of Kulikovo Nov 30, 2013 3 2:30 Tula, Russia Won the M-1 Heavyweight Championship
Win 18–1 Tadas Rimkevicius TKO (punches) M-1 Challenge 39 May 23, 2013 2 3:28 Moscow, Russia
Win 17–1 Stav Economou Decision (split) MMA Attack 3 April 27, 2013 3 5:00 Katowice, Poland
Win 16–1 Dave Huckaba Decision (unanimous) Bellator 67 May 4, 2012 3 5:00 Rama, Ontario, Canada
Win 15–1 Eddie Sanchez Submission (kimura) MMA Attack 2 April 27, 2012 2 2:02 Katowice, Poland
Win 14–1 Joaquim Ferreira Submission (guillotine choke) MMA Attack November 5, 2011 1 2:57 Warsaw, Poland
Loss 13–1 Cole Konrad Decision (unanimous) Bellator 29 September 16, 2010 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Bellator Season 3 Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 13–0 Scott Barrett Decision (unanimous) Bellator 25 August 19, 2010 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States Bellator Season 3 Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 12–0 Michał Kita TKO (doctor stoppage) BOTE: Grabowski vs. Kita June 12, 2010 1 3:25 Gdynia, Poland
Win 11–0 Dion Staring Submission (armbar) BOTE: Chahbari vs. Souwer January 30, 2010 2 2:44 Zutphen, Netherlands
Win 10–0 Kiril Handzhiyski Submission (rear-naked choke) FX3: Rough Justice June 13, 2009 1 1:27 London, England
Win 9–0 Miodrag Petković Submission (rear-naked choke) UCFC: 20,000 Dollar Tournament April 4, 2009 2 3:48 Vienna, Austria UCFC 2009 Heavyweight Tournament Final.
Win 8–0 Lincon Rodrigues Submission (kimura) UCFC: 20,000 Dollar Tournament April 4, 2009 1 2:24 Vienna, Austria UCFC 2009 Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 7–0 Martinsh Egle TKO (punches) UCFC: 20,000 Dollar Tournament April 4, 2009 1 0:29 Vienna, Austria UCFC 2009 Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 6–0 Elvedin Tukić TKO (punches) UCFC: 20,000 Dollar Tournament April 4, 2009 1 1:24 Vienna, Austria UCFC 2009 Heavyweight Tournament Opening Round.
Win 5–0 Martin Čermák Submission (punches) Pro Fight 3 February 22, 2009 1 1:02 Olsztyn, Poland
Win 4–0 Deividas Banalities Submission (arm-triangle choke) Bushido Lithuania: Hero's 2008 November 8, 2008 2 1:52 Vilnius, Lithuania
Win 3–0 Dion Staring Submission (armbar) Fight Sensation 3 May 24, 2008 1 N/A Doetinchem, Netherlands
Win 2–0 Ireneusz Cholewa TKO (punches) Mielnie Gala July 18, 2007 1 N/A Mielno, Poland
Win 1–0 Paweł Kubiak TKO (doctor stoppage) Gladiator's Series June 24, 2007 1 1:33 Tychy, Poland

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