7 July 1986
|Native name||Σταύρος Οικονόμου|
|Other names||Crazy Bear|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||260 lb (120 kg; 19 st)|
|Fighting out of||Southend-on-Sea, England|
|Team||Sure Grip Vale Tudo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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 
Mixed martial arts career
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. 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.
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. 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. The event was cancelled, however, due to a snow storm. 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.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|24 matches||18 wins||5 losses|
|Win||18–5–1||Dan Konecke||Submission (guillotine choke)||Bellator 179||May 19, 2017||1||1:05||London, England|
|Loss||17–5–1||Thiago Silva||Decision (unanimous)||WFCA 17: Grand Prix Akhmat||April 9, 2016||3||5:00||Grozny, Russia|
|Win||17–4–1||Matteo Riccetti||Submission (guillotine choke)||UWC 26: Ultimate Warrior Challenge||October 17, 2015||1||2:48||Southend, Essex, England|
|Win||16–4–1||Kamil Bazelak||Submission (kimura)||UWC 25: Ultimate Warrior Challenge||February 28, 2015||1||2:38||Southend, Essex, England|
|Loss||15–4–1||James Mulheron||Decision (unanimous)||M4TC 13 - Nemesis||February 22, 2014||3||5:00||Houghton-le-Spring, England|
|Win||15–3–1||Kamil Bazelak||TKO (punches)||AWOL MMA 3||December 1, 2013||1||2:40||Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom|
|Loss||14–3–1||Damian Grabowski||Decision (split)||MMA Attack 3||April 27, 2013||3||5:00||Katowice, Poland|
|Win||14–2–1||Deividas Banaitis||Submission (kimura)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 20||September 1, 2012||1||3:37||Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom|
|Win||13–2–1||Ricco Rodriguez||Decision (unanimous)||Dubai FC 1 - The Beginning||May 4, 2012||3||5:00||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||12–2–1||Tomasz Czerwinski||Submission (keylock)||UCMMA 26 - The Real Deal||February 4, 2012||1||3:06||London, England|
|Loss||11–2–1||Phil De Fries||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 16||July 2, 2011||2||3:56||Southend-on-Sea, England|
|Win||11–1–1||Bob Sapp||TKO (punches)||ADFC: Round 3||March 11, 2011||1||1:45||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Draw||10–1–1||Neil Grove||Draw||UCMMA 12: Never Back Down||May 8, 2010||3||5:00||London, England||For the Ultimate Challenge Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||10–1||Shola Adeniran||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UCMMA 10: Resurrection||February 6, 2010||1||1:13||London, England|
|Win||9–1||Linton Vassell||Decision (unanimous)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 11: Onslaught||November 28, 2009||3||5:00||Southend-on-Sea, England||Won the Ultimate Warrior Challenge Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||8–1||Karlos Vemola||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Fighters Championship 7||July 4, 2009||1||1:57||Purfleet, England|
|Win||8–0||Theo Theodoulou||TKO (punches)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 8: Vendetta||November 8, 2008||1||1:55||Southend-on-Sea, England|
|Win||7–0||Marcin Bartkiewicz||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Rage 27||July 12, 2008||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||6–0||Darko Krbanjevic||KO||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 7: Redemption||May 31, 2008||1||3:38||Essex, England|
|Win||5–0||Tommy Rasmussen||TKO||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 6||March 1, 2008||1||4:10||Essex, England|
|Win||4–0||Alfredo Achilli||TKO (punches)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 5||November 10, 2007||2||2:16||England|
|Win||3–0||Ronnie Gill||KO||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 4||June 2, 2007||1||2:51||England|
|Win||2–0||Kev Sims||TKO||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 3||February 24, 2007||1||2:51||England|
|Win||1–0||Carlo Massara||KO||Ultimate Warrior Challenge 2||November 4, 2006||1||0:41||Southend-on-Sea, England|
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- "Cage Rage 27: Piotr Kuśmierz vs. Stav Economou". Mmahound.com. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- Whitehead, Lee (2009-12-01). "Economou new UWC Heavyweight Champ". Mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- "UCMMA: Manuwa Continues To Reign At Never Back Down". News.fightmagazine.com. 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- Jay Furness. "BAMMA 5 Heading North".
- Staff (May 19, 2017). "Bellator 179 results: Rory MacDonald dominates Paul Daley for first win since 2014". mmajunkie.com.