Damian Grabowski

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Damian Grabowski
Damian Grabowski i Matesz Borek.jpg
Born (1980-05-12) May 12, 1980 (age 39)
Opole, Poland
Other namesThe Polish Pit Bull
ResidenceOpole, Poland
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight261.4 lb (119 kg; 18 st 9 lb)
Reach75 in (191 cm)
StyleSubmission Wrestling, BJJ
Fighting out ofOpole, Poland
TeamLutadores Opole
FightSpirit Gym
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active2007 - present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission11
By decision3
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 10, 2013

Damian Grabowski (born May 12, 1980) is a Polish mixed martial artist and currently competes in Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW). He competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's heavyweight division and has 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.


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 [2] and #1 European Heavyweight Mixed Martial Artist by groundandpound.de [3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

European career[edit]

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

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

Grabowski then returned in 2008 with a first-round armbar win against Dion Staring and then fought 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 and fell out of the ring, Grabowski was declared the winner by doctor stoppage due to a heavily swollen eye.[5]

Grabowski won bouts with Stav Economou at MMA Attack 3, with Tadas Rimkevicius at M-1 Challenge 39, and with Kenny Garner at 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, unbeaten 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.


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

After defeating Joaquim Ferreira and Eddie Sanchez for the MMA Attack promotion, Grabowski fought one more time in Bellator in May 2012 where he defeated Dave Huckaba at Bellator 67.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

After amassing a record of 20 wins against 2 losses, Grabowski was signed by the UFC to a contact. He debuted against Derrick Lewis on February 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 82.[9] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[10]

Grabowski faced Anthony Hamilton on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201.[11] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[12]

Grabowski was expected to face Viktor Pešta on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[13] However, Grabowski was removed from the bout on December 21 for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Alexey Oleynik.[14]

Grabowski was expected to face Christian Colombo on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109.[15] However, the pairing was scrapped as both fighters sustained injuries in the weeks leading up to the event.[16] The pairing was left intact and was rescheduled for July 22, 2017 at UFC on Fox 25.[17] Subsequently, Colombo was removed from the fight on June 22 for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Chase Sherman.[18] Grabowski lost the fight by unanimous decision.[19]

On August 14, 2018, it was announced that Grabowski was released from UFC.[20]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 22–5 Karol Bedorf TKO KSW 49: Soldić vs. Kaszubowski May 18, 2019 2 3:56 Gdańsk/Sopot, Poland KSW debut
Win 21–5 Jose Rodrigo Guelke TKO (punches) FEN 22: Poznań Fight Night October 20, 2018 1 3:21 Poznań, Poland
Loss 20–5 Chase Sherman Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum July 22, 2017 3 5:00 Uniondale, New York, United States
Loss 20–4 Anthony Hamilton KO (punches) UFC 201 July 30, 2016 1 0:14 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 20–3 Derrick Lewis TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson February 6, 2016 1 2:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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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  2. ^ "Ranking Polskich zawodników MMA". MMA Rocks!.
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  13. ^ Dave Doyle (2016-11-04). "UFC returns to Phoenix; three fights announced". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
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  17. ^ Staff (2017-05-30). "UFC on FOX 25 in New York takes shape with slew of new additions". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
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  19. ^ "UFC on FOX 25 results: Aggressive Chase Sherman wins unanimous decision vs. Damian Grabowski". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-22. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  20. ^ "Dustin Poirier Passing On 'Most Violent' Title Ahead Of Nate Diaz Fight". Retrieved 2018-08-16.

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