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Josh Barnett To Have Grappling Match Against KSW’s Phil De Fries

Josh Barnett To Have Grappling Match Against KSW’s Phil De Fries

Josh Barnett, the former UFC heavyweight champion, is set to make a grand return to the competitive arena…
With a submission grappling match against none other than the KSW’s reigning heavyweight champion Phil De Fries!

The event is scheduled to take place on February 24th in Poland; marking Barnett’s first foray into combat sports since his last appearance in 2022.

Josh Barnett, also known as “The Warmaster”, has been away from the combat sports scene for a while – focusing on his career in professional wrestling and his role as a commentator, including appearances on AEW television.

Phil De Fries, also known as “S-11”, has made a name for himself in KSW – amassing an impressive 12-fight winning streak, including a notable victory over Szymon Bajor last July.

Barnett is excited about the match, stating the following:

Four years ago, the lineal KSW world champion, Marcin Różalski challenged me to a bare-knuckle fight. I went to his realm, and I beat him.
Now, here comes Phil De Fries. I challenge you to come to my realm.

Phil De Fries, I challenge you, on your home turf as KSW heavyweight champion, to a grappling match.
Where I thrive.

It’s truly going to be an epic night, at KSW: Epic.