Stephan "DQ" De La Rey
- Submission : 0 Wins - 2 Losses
- TKO/KO : 2 Wins - 1 Losses
- Decision : 1 Wins - 2 Losses
- Age : 28
- 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
Billy OosthuizenEFC 100LossDecision (Unanimous)
Demba SeckEFC 96LossR3 Decision (Split)
Zwelibanzi NgemaEFC Fight Night 2WinR1 KO (Strikes)–
Amisi KabeyaEFC 83WinR3 Verbal Submission–
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