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KSW champ Phil De Fries to face former UFC champion Josh Barnett on Feb. 24, submission grappling match

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A return to competition is imminent for former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett, who will take on current KSW heavyweight champ Phil De Fries in a submission grappling match at “KSW: Epic” on Feb. 24 in Gliwice, Poland.

KSW announced this matchup via social media on Friday.

Barnett, 46, hasn’t competed in MMA since September 2016, but he’s sparingly partaken in grappling matches. He competed most recently at the Catch Wrestling World Championship 2023 event in October and lost to Owen Livesey.

De Fries, a one-time Bellator and former UFC fighter, has proven to be KSW’s greatest champion with nine consecutive title defenses dating back to October 2018. De Fries (37), most recently defeated Szymon Barjor via rear-naked technical submission at KSW 84 in July 2018.





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