Tomasz Drwal

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Tomasz Drwal
Born (1982-01-22) January 22, 1982 (age 32)
Nowy Sącz, Poland[1]
Other names Gorilla
Nationality Polish
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Fighting out of Krakow, Poland
Team Alliance MMA
Years active 2004 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 21
By knockout 12
By submission 6
By decision 3
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 1
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Tomasz Witold Drwal (born January 22, 1982) is a Polish mixed martial artist from Nowy Sącz. Drwal was a dominating light heavyweight fighter in Europe, gathering a record of 14–1 in various European MMA promotions before he signed a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Career[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

He lost his UFC debut against Thiago Silva at UFC 75 on September 8, 2007.[2]

He returned to action after knee surgery at UFC 93 in January 2009 and defeated the debuting Ivan Serati via KO in the first round.

His next fight was a first round TKO over Mike Ciesnolevicz on the TUF 9 Finale on June 20, 2009 (a replacement for injured Eric Schafer).

Moving down to middleweight, he defeated Drew McFedries at UFC 103 in the second round by rear naked choke submission.

Drwal faced Rousimar Palhares on March 27, 2010 at UFC 111, losing after an early slip via heel hook submission which appeared to injure Drwal. Palhares was subsequently suspended for 90 days for continuing to apply pressure to the lock after the referee intervened.[3] In fact, the heel hook caused no bone fractures,[4] which is to be expected since heel hooks are a danger to ankle and knee ligaments, as well as knee cartilage, not bones.

Drwal then fought David Branch on September 15, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 22.[5] Drwal was initially set to fight Nick Catone who had to withdraw from the fight due to injury.[6] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Following two subsequent losses, Drwal was released from his UFC contract.[7]

Post-UFC[edit]

Tomasz returned to his winning ways knocking out Leonardo Lucio Nascimento at FAŁ 2 in his native Poland. His next fights were for new Polish promotion called MMA Attack, in which to this point he had two fights, against Gary Padilla and Wes Swofford, and all of them he won, respectively by unanimous decision and submission via armbar in 1st round.

Personal life[edit]

Drwal runs his own gym in Poland, the "Change Gym", but trains also at Alliance Training Center in San Diego before his fights.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 21–4–1 Delson Heleno KO (punch) Pro MMA Challenge 1 - Drwal vs. Heleno March 1, 2014 1 4:03 Wroclaw, Poland
Win 20–4–1 Wes Swofford Submission (armbar) MMA Attack 3 April 27, 2013 1 3:00 Katowice, Poland
Win 19–4–1 Gary Padilla Decision (unanimous) MMA Attack November 5, 2011 2 5:00 Warsaw, Poland
Win 18–4–1 Leonardo Lucio Nascimento KO (punches) Fighters Arena Łódź 2 March 26, 2011 2 3:37 Łódź, Poland Catchweight 90kg
Loss 17–4–1 David Branch Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares September 15, 2010 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Loss 17–3–1 Rousimar Palhares Submission (heel hook) UFC 111 March 27, 2010 1 0:45 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 17–2–1 Drew McFedries Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 103 September 19, 2009 2 1:03 Dallas, Texas, United States Middleweight debut
Win 16–2–1 Mike Ciesnolevicz TKO (knee and punches) The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale June 20, 2009 1 4:48 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight 208 lb; Knockout of the Night
Win 15–2–1 Ivan Serati KO (punches) UFC 93 January 17, 2009 1 2:02 Dublin, Ireland
Loss 14–2–1 Thiago Silva TKO (punches) UFC 75 September 8, 2007 2 4:23 London, England
Win 14–1–1 Andre Fyeet Submission (rear-naked choke) Fight Club Berlin 9 April 22, 2007 1 3:22 Berlin, Germany
Win 13–1–1 Valdas Pocevičius TKO (punches) WFCA: Grand Prix 2007 January 27, 2007 1 N/A Riga, Latvia
Win 12–1–1 Lucio Linhares TKO (punches) The Cage: Volume 4 December 3, 2005 1 3:32 Helsinki, Finland
Win 11–1–1 Pavel Nohynek KO Fight Club Berlin 6 November 25, 2005 1 2:03 Berlin, Germany
Win 10–1–1 Nordin Asrih KO BFS: Mix Fight Gala 5 October 2, 2005 1 N/A Düsseldorf, Germany
Win 9–1–1 Denis Juskevic KO OC: Freefight Romania June 11, 2005 1 N/A Romania
Win 8–1–1 Martin Kubes TKO Fight Club Berlin 5 April 24, 2005 N/A N/A Berlin, Germany
Win 7–1–1 Przemysław Tomczyk Submission (triangle armbar) MMA: Sport 1 March 18, 2005 1 1:24 Warsaw, Poland
Win 6–1–1 Michael Knaap Submission (choke) BFS: Mix Fight Gala 4 March 6, 2005 2 N/A Düsseldorf, Germany
Win 5–1–1 Ulf Fritzmann Submission (strikes) Fight Club Berlin 4 November 14, 2004 1 N/A Berlin, Germany
Win 4–1–1 Jacek Buczko Decision Colosseum 3 September 19, 2004 2 5:00 Bielsko-Biała, Poland
Win 3–1–1 Krzysztof Gołaszewski Decision Colosseum 3 September 19, 2004 2 5:00 Bielsko-Biała, Poland
Win 2–1–1 Sławomir Zakrzewski TKO (punches) Colosseum 3 September 19, 2004 1 1:36 Bielsko-Biała, Poland
Loss 1–1–1 Ulf Fritzmann Submission Fight Club Berlin 3 March 28, 2004 1 N/A Berlin, Germany
Win 1–0–1 Daniel Les TKO (punches) Colosseum 1 March 21, 2004 1 2:15 Bielsko-Biała, Poland
Draw 0–0–1 Piotr Baginski Draw Berserkers Arena 2 January 11, 2004 1 30:00 Szczecin, Poland

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