Ole Laursen

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Ole Laursen
Ole Laursen.jpg
Born Ole Baguio Laursen
(1977-08-21) August 21, 1977 (age 37)
Manila, Philippines
Other names Iron Fist
Nationality Filipino (Born)
Danish (Raise)
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb; 11.3 st)
Division Welterweight
Style Muay Thai
Fighting out of Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand
Team Legacy Gym
Years active 1998–present
Kickboxing record
Total 54
Wins 34
By knockout 10
Losses 20
Mixed martial arts record
Total 10
Wins 6
By knockout 2
By submission 2
By decision 2
Losses 4
By submission 3
By decision 1
Amateur career
Total 6
Wins 5
By knockout 5
Losses 1
Other information
Website http://www.legacygym.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 2, 2013

Ole 'Iron Fist' Laursen (born August 21, 1977) is a Filipino-Danish Welterweight Muay Thai kickboxer and mixed martial artist currently competing in ONE FC's Lightweight division.

Background[edit]

Laursen was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Denmark when he was two years old. Laursen got involved with martial arts through his older brother Christian, and was 15 when he began training in Muay Thai.

Laursen currently lives in Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand and fights out of his own Legacy Gym.

Laursen trained with Peter J McCarthy, the subject, director and producer of the documentary, Fight of Flight which won "Best Foreign Documentary" at the Long Island Film Festival, New York as well as three other "Best Documentary" awards at festivals in Hamburg, Toronto and California. Laursen assisted the production team in Ubon Ratchatani.

Kickboxing / K-1 / Muay Thai career[edit]

As an amateur Laursen had six fights before turning professional. He lost his first amateur bout, took a year off, and then came back with five straight wins – all by knockout, winning the 1998 Danish amateur kickboxing title in the process. He made his professional debut in 2000 and picked up his first major honour that summer, defeating Eval Denton to win the I.K.F. European title.[1] Laursen relocated from Europe to San Diego in the United States, where he won the vacant I.M.T.C. Championship in 2001.[2] However, he was unable to defend his title later on that year, losing a controversial decision to the Thai fighter Kongnapa in what many thought was a Laursen victory.[3]

In 2002 Laursen made his first appearance for the K-1 organization at the K-1 World MAX 2002 USA in Denver, Colorado, where he made the final only to lose to U.S rival Duane Ludwig.[4] This defeat meant that Laursen was unable to participate in the inaugural K-1 MAX final but he made up somewhat for that defeat by winning the prestigious King's Cup in Bangkok, Thailand at the end of the year.[5] In 2003 Laursen signed up with the newly formed European promotion SuperLeague where he faced Shane Chapman on his debut only to lose by decision.[6] Despite this defeat Laursen had some initial success in SuperLeague with his Muay Thai style favouring five round matches, going 4 and 2 with the organization by the end of 2004 and beating world champions such as Peter Crooke and Kamal El Amrani.

Over the following years Laursen spent much of his fighting time flicking back and forth between SuperLeague and K-1, although the increased competition (and shorter fight times introduced by SuperLeague) meant that he had little success with either promotion – finishing with an overall record of 4-5 SuperLeague, and 2-6 in K-1.

He returned to kickboxing to face pound-for-pound great Giorgio Petrosyan in Trieste, Italy on March 2, 2013. Severely overmatched, he was he dropped with a knee to the liver before being knocking him out with a left high kick immediately after in round one.[7][8][9][10]

Boxing career[edit]

Laursen had a trial with the Philippines National Boxing Team and was accepted but decided to move to Thailand instead of staying in the Philippines to pursue a career in boxing.[11]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Laursen made his professional MMA debut in 2006 and had two fights with the K-1 Hero's promotion in Japan. He lost his first fight against Genki Sudo by decision and his second fight to Caol Uno by third round submission. Laursen was suffering from a knee injury and was not able to train properly for the fight with Uno.[12]

Laursen did not begin to fight MMA regularly again until 2010 because he was focused on his K-1 and Muay Thai career, a decision he has subsequently said he regrets.[13] His next two fights were both in China, with Laursen submitting Liu Guang Yao in 2007 and knocking out Shawn David in 2009.

In 2010 he signed with ESPN Star Sports promotion Martial Combat in Singapore. He defeated Eduardo Pachu in the third round of their five round 'super fight' at Martial Combat 1.[14] His second fight was against Nick LeConte at Martial Combat 8 and Laursen won by unanimous decision. His final fight for Martial Combat was against Malaysian Muay Thai champion Jian Kai Chee at Martial Combat 12 and Laursen won by TKO in the first round.

In November 2010 MMA website Bloody Elbow ranked Laursen number eight on a list of the top lightweight prospects in the world.[15]

ONE Fighting Championship[edit]

On July 15, 2011 it was announced that Laursen had signed with One Fighting Championship.[16] On July 18 it was announced that Laursen would be facing fellow Filipino Eduard Folayang at ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on September 3.[17] On August 17, 2011 it was announced that Laursen had injured his knee in training and would be unable to fight Folayang at ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion. He was replaced by South Korean fighter A Sol Kwon.

On February 4, 2012 it was announced that Laursen would be facing Felipe Enomoto at ONE Fighting Championship: Battle of Heroes in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 11, 2012.[18] He lost the fight via submission in the second round.

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing

  • 2002 King's Cup Muay Thai Champion -70 kg
  • 2002 K-1 World MAX USA runner up -70 kg
  • 2001 I.M.T.C. Muay Thai Super Welterweight World Champion -70 kg
  • 2000 I.K.F. Pro Muay Thai European Champion -70 kg
  • 1998 Danish Amateur Kickboxing Champion

MMA

  • Martial Combat
    • 2010 Martial Combat Superfight Lightweight Champion -73 kg
  • ONE Fighting Championship
    • Fight of the Night (1 Time)

Professional Kickboxing Record[edit]

Professional Kickboxing Record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 6–4 Joe Ray Submission (guillotine choke) Dare Fight Sports: Rebels of MMA October 12, 2013 3 N/A Bangkok, Thailand
Win 6–3 Eduard Folayang Decision (split) ONE Fighting Championship: War of the Lions March 31, 2012 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore Earned Fight of the Night Bonus
Loss 5–3 Felipe Enomoto Submission (rear-naked choke) ONE Fighting Championship: Battle of Heroes February 11, 2012 2 3:49 Jakarta, Indonesia
Win 5–2 Jian Kai Chee TKO (punches) Martial Combat 12 October 16, 2010 1 2:18 Sentosa, Singapore
Win 4–2 Nick LeConte Decision (majority) Martial Combat 8 August 19, 2010 3 5:00 Sentosa, Singapore
Win 3–2 Eduardo Pachu Submission (rear-naked choke) Martial Combat 1 May 12, 2010 3 0:50 Sentosa, Singapore Won Martial Combat Lightweight Championship
Win 2–2 Shawn David KO (punch) AOW 12: Invincible May 23, 2009 1 3:39 Beijing, China
Win 1–2 Liu Guang Yao Submission (rear-naked choke) AOW 9: Fists of Fury November 25, 2007 1 5:27 Beijing, China
Loss 0–2 Caol Uno Submission (rear-naked choke) Hero's 5 May 3, 2006 2 4:36 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix opening round.
Loss 0–1 Genki Sudo Decision (unanimous) Hero's 4 March 15, 2006 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IKF NIGHT Of CHAMPIONS In England! (Scroll Down)". www.ikfkickboxing.com. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  2. ^ "IKF Kickboxers Keep Active Win or Lose! (Scroll Down)". www.ikfkickboxing.com. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  3. ^ "warriors Cup Of America Iii". message.axkickboxing.com. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  4. ^ "LUDWIG TAKES K-1 USA MIDDLEWEIGHT TOURNAMENT". www.ikfkickboxing.com. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  5. ^ "Dec. 5 King's Birthday Promotion Results". http://message.axkickboxing.com. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  6. ^ "Matchmaking SuperLeague Austria 2003, Wr. Stadthalle, Vienna 10/05/2003 (Results)". http://www.superleague.tv. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  7. ^ Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Ole Laursen, March 2 In Italy
  8. ^ Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Ole Laursen Tomorrow, Live Stream
  9. ^ March Madness: Kickboxing Fights to Watch This Month
  10. ^ Giorgio Petrosyan Gets First KO in 3 Years Against Ole Laursen (Video)
  11. ^ http://filipinoboxingjournal.com/2011/07/20/boxing-philippines-pacquiao-folayang-mma-hotshot-ole-laursen-talks-fbj/
  12. ^ http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/8/2/2310952/one-fc-exclusive-ole-laursen-tuf-filipino-eduard-folayang-mma-news
  13. ^ http://www.seamma.com/olelaursen.htm
  14. ^ "Ole Laursen beats Eduardo Pachu to win Lightweight Championship Belt in mixed martial arts". http://redsports.sg. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  15. ^ http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2010/11/6/1797633/world-mma-lightweight-scouting-report-8-ole-laursen
  16. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Singapores-One-FC-Launches-Gracies-Filipino-Champs-Aboard-33963
  17. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Baroni-Yoshida-Gregor-Gracie-Added-to-One-FCs-Sept-3-Debut-34093
  18. ^ "Ole Laursen vs Felipe Enomoto and Bae Young Kwon vs Eric Kelly Confirmed for ONE FC 2". Retrieved 4 February 2012.