Stav Economou

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Stav Economou
Σταύρος Οικονόμου
Born Stavros Economou
(1986-07-07) 7 July 1986 (age 28)
Southend-on-Sea, Essex. UK.
Native name Σταύρος Οικονόμου
Other names Crazy Bear
Nationality Cypriot
English
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 260 lb (120 kg; 19 st)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 73"
Style BJJ, boxing.
Fighting out of Southend-on-Sea, England
Team Sure Grip Vale Tudo
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 20
Wins 15
By knockout 9
By submission 3
By decision 3
Losses 4
By submission 2
By decision 2
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 11 March 2011

Stavros Economou (Greek: Σταύρος Οικονόμου, born 7 July 1986) is an English mixed martial artist of Cypriot descent, who fights at heavyweight. He is known for his rotund figure, strange hairsyles and nickname "Crazy Bear". He holds wins over Bob Sapp,Linton Vassell and Former UFC Champion Ricco Rodriguez [1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Economou had his first professional fight at the age of 20 against Carlo Massara in his home town of Southend-on-Sea. He won the fight via KO in the first round and went on to win his next five fights in similar fashion. He was given his chance to shine in the UK's biggest MMA promotion, Cage Rage. He took on Polish muscleman Piotr Kuśmierz in July 2008 at Cage Rage 27: Step Up. The fight wore on as both fighters tired themselves out and Economou emerged the victor by way of unanimous decision.[2] Cage Rage then went bankrupt, however, and Crazy Bear returned to the Ultimate Warrior Challenge, where he had the majority of his early fights.

In July 2009, he recorded his first loss to current UFC fighter Karlos Vemola at the Cage Fighters Championship 7 when he was submitted by rear-naked choke. His next fight saw him rebound against Linton Vassell to win the Ultimate Warrior Challenge Heavyweight Title at Ultimate Warrior Challenge 11: Onslaught.[3]

He then entered Ultimate Challenge MMA. In his first fight with the promotion, he beat Shola Adeniran by rear-naked choke at Ultimate Challenge MMA: Resurrection. After this, he was given a title shot and faced Heavyweight Champion Neil Grove at Ultimate Challenge MMA: Never Back Down in May 2010. Despite Economou's flurry of powerful punches late in the third round, the fight ended in a draw and Grove retained his title.[4] A rematch was expected later in the year. However, Grove then signed with the Bellator Fighting Championships and vacated his belt.

At UWC: 14 IMPACT Stav was defeated by Jason Dutton by TKO. This fight however will not appear on his MMA record as this was a K1 fight.

Economou was then set to headline BAMMA 5 against American super heavyweight Bob Sapp on 4 December 2010.[5] The event was cancelled, however, due to a snow storm.[6] Stav ended up fighting Sapp on 11 March 2011 and won the fight via first round TKO.

On 2 July 2011 Stav suffered the second loss of his MMA career when he lost by rear naked choke in the first round to the undefeated Phil De Fries.

He next competed against Poland's Tomasz Czerwinski at UCMMA 26 - The Real Deal.[7] He won via first round submission.

His most recent fight was against Deividas Banaitis at Ultimate Warrior Challenge 20.[8] He won the fight via submission (kimura) in round one.[9]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 15–4–1 James Mulheron Decision (unanimous) M4TC 13 - Nemesis 22 February 2014 3 5:00 Houghton-le-Spring, England
Win 15–3–1 Kamil Bazelak TKO (punches) AWOL MMA 3 1 December 2013 1 2:40 Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Loss 14–3–1 Damian Grabowski Decision (split) MMA Attack 3 27 April 2013 3 5:00 Katowice, Poland
Win 14–2–1 Deividas Banaitis Submission (kimura) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 20 1 September 2012 1 3:37 Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Win 13–2–1 Ricco Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) Dubai FC 1 - The Beginning 4 May 2012 3 5:00 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Win 12–2–1 Tomasz Czerwinski Submission (keylock) UCMMA 26 - The Real Deal 4 February 2012 1 3:06 London, England
Loss 11–2–1 Phil De Fries Submission (rear-naked choke) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 16 2 July 2011 2 3:56 Southend-on-Sea, England
Win 11–1–1 SappBob Sapp TKO (punches) ADFC: Round 3 11 March 2011 1 1:45 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Draw 10–1–1 Neil Grove Draw UCMMA 12 - Never Back Down 8 May 2010 3 5:00 London, England For the Ultimate Challenge Heavyweight Championship.
Win 10–1 AdeniranShola Adeniran Submission (rear-naked choke) UCMMA 10 - Resurrection 6 February 2010 1 1:13 London, England
Win 9–1 VassellLinton Vassell Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 11: Onslaught 28 November 2009 3 5:00 Southend-on-Sea, England Won the Ultimate Warrior Challenge Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 8–1 VemolaKarlos Vemola Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fighters Championship 7 4 July 2009 1 1:57 Purfleet, England
Win 8–0 TheodoulouTheo Theodoulou TKO (punches) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 8: Vendetta 8 November 2008 1 1:55 Southend-on-Sea, England
Win 7–0 KusmierzMarcin Bartkiewicz Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 27 12 July 2008 3 5:00 London, England
Win 6–0 KrbanjevicDarko Krbanjevic KO Ultimate Warrior Challenge 7: Redemption 31 May 2008 1 3:38 Essex, England
Win 5–0 RasmussenTommy Rasmussen TKO Ultimate Warrior Challenge 6 1 March 2008 1 4:10 Essex, England
Win 4–0 AchilliAlfredo Achilli TKO (punches) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 5 10 November 2007 2 2:16 England
Win 3–0 GillRonnie Gill KO Ultimate Warrior Challenge 4 2 June 2007 1 2:51 England
Win 2–0 SimsKev Sims TKO Ultimate Warrior Challenge 3 24 February 2007 1 2:51 England
Win 1–0 MassaraCarlo Massara KO Ultimate Warrior Challenge 2 4 November 2006 1 0:41 Southend-on-Sea, England

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