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Stav Economou

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Stav Economou
BornStavros Economou
(1986-07-07) 7 July 1986 (age 35)
Native nameΣταύρος Οικονόμου
Other namesCrazy Bear
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight260 lb (120 kg; 19 st)
Reach73 in (185 cm)
StyleBJJ, boxing.
Fighting out ofSouthend-on-Sea, England
TeamSure Grip Vale Tudo
Years active2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout10
By submission5
By decision3
By submission2
By decision3
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 11 March 2011

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Stavros Economou (Greek: Σταύρος Οικονόμου, born 7 July 1986) is an English mixed martial artist of Cypriot descent, who fights at heavyweight. He is known for his rotund figure, strange hairsyles and nickname "Crazy Bear". He holds wins over Bob Sapp, Linton Vassell and Former UFC Champion Ricco Rodriguez [1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Economou had his first professional fight at the age of 20 against Carlo Massara in his home town of Southend-on-Sea. He won the fight via KO in the first round and went on to win his next five fights in similar fashion. He was given his chance to shine in the UK's biggest MMA promotion, Cage Rage. He took on Polish muscleman Piotr Kuśmierz in July 2008 at Cage Rage 27: Step Up. The fight wore on as both fighters tired themselves out and Economou emerged the victor by way of unanimous decision.[2] Cage Rage then went bankrupt, however, and Crazy Bear returned to the Ultimate Warrior Challenge, where he had the majority of his early fights.

In July 2009, he recorded his first loss to current UFC fighter Karlos Vemola at the Cage Fighters Championship 7 when he was submitted by rear-naked choke. His next fight saw him rebound against Linton Vassell to win the Ultimate Warrior Challenge Heavyweight Title at Ultimate Warrior Challenge 11: Onslaught.[3]

He then entered Ultimate Challenge MMA. In his first fight with the promotion, he beat Shola Adeniran by rear-naked choke at Ultimate Challenge MMA: Resurrection. After this, he was given a title shot and faced Heavyweight Champion Neil Grove at Ultimate Challenge MMA: Never Back Down in May 2010. Despite Economou's flurry of powerful punches late in the third round, the fight ended in a draw and Grove retained his title.[4] A rematch was expected later in the year. However, Grove then signed with the Bellator Fighting Championships and vacated his belt.

At UWC: 14 IMPACT Stav was defeated by Jason Dutton by TKO. This fight however will not appear on his MMA record as this was a K1 fight.

Economou was then set to headline BAMMA 5 against American super heavyweight Bob Sapp on 4 December 2010.[5] The event was cancelled, however, due to a snow storm.[6] Stav ended up fighting Sapp on 11 March 2011 and won the fight via first round TKO.

On 2 July 2011 Stav suffered the second loss of his MMA career when he lost by rear naked choke in the first round to the undefeated Phil De Fries.

He next competed against Poland's Tomasz Czerwinski at UCMMA 26 - The Real Deal.[7] He won via first round submission.

Economou faced Deividas Banaitis at Ultimate Warrior Challenge 20.[8] He won the fight via submission (kimura) in round one.[9]

In May 2017, Economou debuted for Bellator MMA on the undercard at Bellator 179. He faced Dan Konecke and won the fight via guillotine choke submission early in the first round.[10]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
NC 18–5–1 (1) Chi Lewis-Parry NC (illegal elbow strikes) BAMMA 34 March 9, 2018 1 1:36 London, England
Win 18–5–1 Dan Konecke Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 179 May 19, 2017 1 1:05 London, England
Loss 17–5–1 Thiago Silva Decision (unanimous) WFCA 17: Grand Prix Akhmat April 9, 2016 3 5:00 Grozny, Russia
Win 17–4–1 Matteo Riccetti Submission (guillotine choke) UWC 26: Ultimate Warrior Challenge October 17, 2015 1 2:48 Southend, Essex, England
Win 16–4–1 Kamil Bazelak Submission (kimura) UWC 25: Ultimate Warrior Challenge February 28, 2015 1 2:38 Southend, Essex, England
Loss 15–4–1 James Mulheron Decision (unanimous) M4TC 13 - Nemesis February 22, 2014 3 5:00 Houghton-le-Spring, England
Win 15–3–1 Kamil Bazelak TKO (punches) AWOL MMA 3 December 1, 2013 1 2:40 Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Loss 14–3–1 Damian Grabowski Decision (split) MMA Attack 3 April 27, 2013 3 5:00 Katowice, Poland
Win 14–2–1 Deividas Banaitis Submission (kimura) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 20 September 1, 2012 1 3:37 Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Win 13–2–1 Ricco Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) Dubai FC 1 - The Beginning May 4, 2012 3 5:00 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Win 12–2–1 Tomasz Czerwinski Submission (keylock) UCMMA 26 - The Real Deal February 4, 2012 1 3:06 London, England
Loss 11–2–1 Phil De Fries Submission (rear-naked choke) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 16 July 2, 2011 2 3:56 Southend-on-Sea, England
Win 11–1–1 Bob Sapp TKO (punches) ADFC: Round 3 March 11, 2011 1 1:45 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Draw 10–1–1 Neil Grove Draw UCMMA 12: Never Back Down May 8, 2010 3 5:00 London, England For the Ultimate Challenge Heavyweight Championship.
Win 10–1 Shola Adeniran Submission (rear-naked choke) UCMMA 10: Resurrection February 6, 2010 1 1:13 London, England
Win 9–1 Linton Vassell Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 11: Onslaught November 28, 2009 3 5:00 Southend-on-Sea, England Won the Ultimate Warrior Challenge Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 8–1 Karlos Vémola Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fighters Championship 7 July 4, 2009 1 1:57 Purfleet, England
Win 8–0 Theo Theodoulou TKO (punches) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 8: Vendetta November 8, 2008 1 1:55 Southend-on-Sea, England
Win 7–0 Marcin Bartkiewicz Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 27 July 12, 2008 3 5:00 London, England
Win 6–0 Darko Krbanjevic KO Ultimate Warrior Challenge 7: Redemption May 31, 2008 1 3:38 Essex, England
Win 5–0 Tommy Rasmussen TKO Ultimate Warrior Challenge 6 March 1, 2008 1 4:10 Essex, England
Win 4–0 Alfredo Achilli TKO (punches) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 5 November 10, 2007 2 2:16 England
Win 3–0 Ronnie Gill KO Ultimate Warrior Challenge 4 June 2, 2007 1 2:51 England
Win 2–0 Kev Sims TKO Ultimate Warrior Challenge 3 February 24, 2007 1 2:51 England
Win 1–0 Carlo Massara KO Ultimate Warrior Challenge 2 November 4, 2006 1 0:41 Southend-on-Sea, England


  1. Warriors Of MMA (2010-04-20). "Stav 'Crazy Bear'. He holds wins over Bob Sapp, Linton Vassell and Former UFC Champion Ricco Rodriguez Economou Interview". Warriorsofmma.com. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  2. "Cage Rage 27: Piotr Kuśmierz vs. Stav Economou". Mmahound.com. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  3. Whitehead, Lee (2009-12-01). "Economou new UWC Heavyweight Champ". Mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  4. "UCMMA: Manuwa Continues To Reign At Never Back Down". News.fightmagazine.com. 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  5. Jay Furness. "BAMMA 5 Heading North". Archived from the original on 13 March 2012.
  6. "Other sports: athletics, motorsport, superbikes, snooker...and more - Mirror Online". blogs.mirror.co.uk.
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  10. Staff (May 19, 2017). "Bellator 179 results: Rory MacDonald dominates Paul Daley for first win since 2014". Mmajunkie.com.

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