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KSW Champ Philip De Fries to Face Josh Barnett in Grappling Match on Feb. 24

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Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki heavyweight champion Philip De
Fries will square off against Josh Barnett
in a grappling match on Feb. 24.

The Polish promotion recently announced the booking.
KSW “Epic” takes place at PreZero Arena in Gliwice, Poland and
is available via pay-per-view.

The 37-year-old De Frieds is on a 12-fight winning streak in MMA
that dates back to October 2017. He’s successfully defended the KSW
heavyweight strap nine times and is coming off a second-round
submission of Szymon
Bajor at KSW 84 this past July. Fourteen of his 24 career
victories have come by way of submission.

A former UFC heavyweight champion, Barnett hasn’t competed in MMA
since 2016, when he submitted Andrei
Arlovski at UFC Fight Night 93. “The Warmaster” has competed in
combat sports, most recently defeating Shoma
Shibisai via first-round TKO in a mixed-rules bout in December
2022. He also bested Marcin
Rozalski in a bare-knuckle affair in October 2020 and was
submitted by Gordon Ryan
at Quintet 3 in 2018.

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