British heavyweight Phil De Fries has signed for Polish-based MMA promotion KSW.
The Sunderland submission specialist has put pen to paper on a four-fight deal that will see him feature on one of the biggest shows in Europe.
KSW are renowned for their big-ticket event staging and are the market-leading promotion in their home country of Poland. Over the last 12-18 months the organisation has looked to broaden its horizons, hosting shows across the continent, including here in the UK.
And hot on the heels of their signing of former UFC and BAMMA middleweight Scott Askham, KSW has now added heavyweight De Fries to their ranks, and the 31-year-old couldn’t be happier with the move.
“It’s great to sign with KSW,” said the Brit.
“I’ve fought all over the world and KSW is one of the biggest stages around.
“I’m the best I’ve ever been in my career right now, my training is going great, and I can’t wait to show people the best Phil De Fries yet.
“I’m coming into KSW to prove something and I am coming for that heavyweight title!”
De Fries has a career record of 14 wins, 6 losses, and is currently riding a two-fight win streak, having defeated Russian Anton Vyazigin at M-1 Challenge and fellow Brit James Thompson at Bellator 191.
He has competed across the globe for a variety of promotions, most notably the UFC, where he had a five-fight stint with the organisation from 2011 to 2013.
KSW co-owner Martin Lewandowski said he was delighted to add De Fries to his growing heavyweight roster.
“Phil is a great addition to KSW,” he said.
“He has fought all over the world against some of the best around.
“He is in his prime, he is big, he has experience and he has such a dangerous submission game.
“Phil De Fries is a threat to everyone in the KSW heavyweight division. I can’t wait to see him debut.”
News of De Fries’ KSW debut bout will be announced in the coming weeks.