May 12, 1980 |
|Other names||The Polish Pit Bull|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Style||Submission Wrestling, BJJ|
|Fighting out of||Opole, Poland|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2007 - present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Damian Grabowski (born May 12, 1980) is a Polish mixed martial artist. He fights 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  and #1 European Heavyweight Mixed Martial Artist by groundandpound.de 
Mixed martial arts career
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. 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.
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. His opponent in the first round was Scott Barrett. 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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.
Grabowski was expected to face Viktor Pešta on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103. However, Grabowski was removed from the bout on December 21 for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Oleksiy Oliynyk.
Grabowski was expected to face Christian Colombo on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109. However, the pairing was scrapped as both fighters sustained injuries in the weeks leading up to the event.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bellator Fighting Championships
- Ultimate Cage Fighters Championship
- UCFC 2009 Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- M-1 Global
- M-1 2013 Heavyweight Champion
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|24 matches||20 wins||4 losses|
|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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- Dave Doyle (2016-11-04). "UFC returns to Phoenix; three fights announced". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
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