Ole Laursen

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Ole Laursen
Ole Laursen.jpg
BornOle Baguio Laursen
(1977-08-21) August 21, 1977 (age 41)
Manila, Philippines
Other namesIron Fist
NationalityFilipino (Born)
Danish (Raise)
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb; 11.3 st)
StyleMuay Thai
Fighting out ofUbon Ratchatani, Thailand
TeamLegacy Gym
Years active1998–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout12
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission4
By decision2
By submission3
By decision1
Amateur record
By knockout5

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.

Early life[edit]

Laursen was born in Manila, Philippines to Danish father and a Spanish-Filipino mother and moved to Denmark with his family 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 dropped with a knee to the liver before being knocked 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]


  • 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


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

Professional Kickboxing Record[edit]

36 Wins (10 (T)KO's), 20 Losses
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2013-03-02 Loss Italy Giorgio Petrosyan Gotti Promotions Trieste, Italy KO (left high kick) 1 2:10
2013-01-25 Win Thailand Local thai fighter Fight Night Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand KO (Legkick) 1
2013-01-11 Win Thailand Local thai fighter Fight Night Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand KO (Bodyshoot) 2
2008-06-14 Loss Czech Republic Jiri Zak Eight Brawl, Quarter Finals Copenhagen, Denmark Ref stopped fight (Leg Injury) 3
2008-05-31 Loss South Africa Virgil Kalakoda K-1 Scandinavia MAX 2008, Super Fight Stockholm, Sweden Ext.R Decision (Unanimous) 4 3:00
2007-06-28 Loss Netherlands Andy Souwer K-1 World MAX 2007 Final Elimination Tokyo, Japan TKO (Foot injury) 1 2:07
Fails to qualify for K-1 World MAX 2007 Final.
2007-04-04 Loss Japan Masato K-1 World MAX 2007 World Elite Showcase Yokohama, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2006-09-24 Loss Thailand Buakaw Por. Pramuk K-1 MAX North European Qualification, Super Fight Stockholm, Sweden TKO (Ref Stop/Left Hook) 2 2:49
2006-05-20 Win France Jean-Charles Skarbowsky K-1 Scandinavia Grand Prix 2006 Stockholm, Sweden Ext.R Decision (Unanimous) 4 3:00
2006-04-05 Loss Armenia Gago Drago K-1 World MAX 2006 World Tournament Open Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
Fails to qualify for K-1 World MAX 2006 Final.
2006-01-14 Loss France Farid Villaume The Night of the Superfights III Villebon-sur-Yvette, France KO 2
2005-10-22 Loss Austria Foad Sadeghi SuperLeague Heavy Knockout 2005 Vienna, Austria Decision 3 3:00
2005-09-24 Loss Turkey Ali Gunyar SuperLeague Turkey 2005, Quarter Finals Tokyo, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2005-04-09 Loss Portugal José Reis SuperLeague Austria 2005 Vienna, Austria Decision 5 3:00
2005-01-23 Loss Japan Hiroki Shishido Shoot Boxing Ground Zero Fukuoka, Japan KO (Right High Kick) 3 0:22
2004-10-22 Win Germany Kamal El Amrani SuperLeague Germany 2004 Oberhausen, Germany KO (Knees) 5
2004-09-19 Loss Netherlands Andy Souwer S-Cup 2004, Quarter Finals Yokohama, Japan TKO (Ref Stop) 1 2:37
2004-05-22 Win Assyria Fadi Merza SuperLeague Switzerland 2004 Winterthur, Switzerland Decision 5 3:00
2004-03-30 Loss Belgium Gregory Swerts SuperLeague Italy 2004 Padova, Italy Decision 5 3:00
2004-03-04 Loss Thailand Nuengtrakarn Por.Muang Ubon S1 World Championships 2004, Quarter Finals Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
2003-12-06 Win Assyria Fadi Merza SuperLeague Netherlands 2003 Rotterdam, Netherlands Decision 5 3:00
2003-09-27 Win England Peter Crooke SuperLeague Germany 2003 Wuppertal, Germany TKO 2
2003-05-10 Loss New Zealand Shane Chapman SuperLeague Austria 2003 Vienna, Austria Decision 5 3:00
2003-03-15 Loss Thailand Jomhod Kiatadisak K-1 World GP 2003 Scandinavia Stockholm, Sweden Decision 3 3:00
2003-02-15 Win Suriname Imro Main VF3 - Rumble in the West Aarhus, Denmark Decision 5 3:00
2002-12-05 Win Sudan Faisal Zakaria King's Birthday 2002, Final Bangkok, Thailand KO 2
Wins King's Cup 2002 tournament -70 kg.
2002-12-05 Win Romania Florin Vintilă King's Birthday 2002, Semi Finals Bangkok, Thailand KO 1
2002-03-15 Loss United States Duane Ludwig K-1 World MAX 2002 USA, Final Denver, Colorado, USA Ext.R Decision (Unanimous) 4 3:00
Fight was for K-1 World MAX 2002 USA tournament -70 kg. Fails to qualify for K-1 World MAX 2002 Final.
2002-03-15 Win Canada Jason Jillian K-1 World MAX 2002 USA, Semi Finals Denver, Colorado, USA KO (Punch) 1 0:43
2001-10-12 Win Thailand BM Sasiprappa Warriors Cup 4 Culver City, California, USA KO
2001-06-03 Loss Thailand Kongnapa Warriors Cup 3 Burbank, California, USA Decision (Split) 5 3:00
Loses I.M.T.C. Muay Thai Super Welterweight World title -70 kg.
2001-02-25 Win Thailand Khunpon Dechkampu Warriors Cup 2 Burbank, California, USA Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Wins vacant I.M.T.C. Muay Thai Super Welterweight World title -70 kg.
2000-06-29 Win England Eval Denton I.K.F. Night of Champions St Helens, England, UK Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Wins Denton's I.K.F. Pro Muay Thai Middleweight European title -75 kg.
2000-04-15 Loss Finland Petri Martinez Copenhagen, Denmark TKO 3

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 8–4 Cheik Kone KO (punch) KFWC World Cup January 24, 2017 1 N/A Ningxiang, China
Win 7–4 Ansagan Kuseinov Submission (Kimura) Art of War 16 January 16, 2016 1 N/A Beijing, China
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]


  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". message.axkickboxing.com. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  6. ^ "Matchmaking SuperLeague Austria 2003, Wr. Stadthalle, Vienna 10/05/2003 (Results)". 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". 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.