Stephan "DQ" De La Rey
- Submission : 0 Wins - 1 Losses
- TKO/KO : 1 Wins - 1 Losses
- Decision : 1 Wins - 0 Losses
- Age : 25
- Height : 6'0" (1.82 m)
- Reach : 74,01" (188 cm)
- Leg Span : 42,32"(107.5cm)
- Stance : Orthodox
- BG Discipline : MMA
- From : South Africa
- Fighting out of : Hatfield, Pretoria
- Gym : Team CIT MMA
- Trainer : Morne Visser
- Submission : 40%
- Takedowns : 20%
- Striking : 40%
Pro Fight History
Orlando MashabaEFC 82WinR1 KO (Strikes)–
Aly KalambayEFC 77WinR3 Decision (Unanimous)–
Trezeguet KanyindaEFC 62LossR1 TKO (Punches)–
Warren RichardsEFC 60LossR3 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)–
Exhibition Fight History
When & why did you start martial arts training?
I started with a karate class when I was 3 years old and continued with that until I was 12. In this time I represented my country on 5 occasions.
How did you transition to MMA?
I was a bit of a problem child with anger issues. One of my friends started MMA with team CIT when we were 16. His father, one of my parent’s good friends and a decorated Karate athlete, suggested that I start training with his son. My parents were hesitant at firs but over some time I convinced them to allow me to join the club as I was extremely adamant to participate in the sport. It was only when I was 20 years old that I decided to start taking the sport seriously and start competing.
What are your achievements?
I have represented my country in 2016 at the IMMAF All African Open and lost in the final against an athlete from Sweden and won a Silver medal.
How did you get your fight name?
The name actually chose me. 3 of my first 4 Victories came by way of Disqualification. My teammates started calling me DQ de la Rey. At first I hated it as I felt it took away the credit of those victories. In all 3 fights I was dominating the fight and my opponent resorted to an illegal move. Out of desperation I guess. After some time I got used to my team mates referring to me as DQ and now I am proud of my name as it is part of my journey and molded me into the fighter and person I am today.
- Silver Medalist at the 2016 African Open