We recently got some time with one of the UK’s brightest stars right now, Ffion Davies in between her training for her upcoming superfight with Magdalena Loska on Polaris Squads. Even by virtue of her name alone, it’s well known that Davies was born in Wales. She spent her entire Judo and MMA career there, and even the majority of her BJJ career there as well. It wasn’t until relatively recently that she decided to make the move to Ireland and switch to training under Darragh O’Conaill at East Coast Jiu-Jitsu.
Because of this big move, we wanted to find out a little more about the unique perspective Ffion Davies has, and what she found to be the main differences between training in two different countries:
Ffion Davies – “I think I have a lot more people who are similar size to me. I have a lot more girls who can challenge me and give me really tough rounds, which is nice because obviously I compete against women and I feel like I should be able to train with more women who would give me tough rolls and stuff.”
This made perfect sense, as a huge number of BJJ schools across the world suffer from small numbers of women and of course, even smaller numbers again of active female competitors. When she elaborated, Davies explained that this strong competition team was another factor in her decision:
Ffion Davies – “When i was in Wales the girls were a lot newer to Jiu-Jitsu and size-wise, there’s a lot more people who are closer to my size who are guys. And everyone has the same goal, they compete often when there are competitions. They all go to worlds and go to Europeans.”
Ffion Davies features in a superfight on Polaris Squads, which will be streamed live on 27th September on UFC FightPass, click here to subscribe and watch.