Simeon Thoresen

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Simeon Thoresen
Born (1984-03-14) March 14, 1984 (age 34)
Sandefjord, Norway
Other names The Grin
Residence Oslo, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Division Welterweight
Fighting out of Oslo, Norway
Team Hellboy MMA
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 23
Wins 17
By knockout 1
By submission 15
By decision 1
Losses 5
By knockout 2
By decision 3
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 02.07.2011

Simeon Thoresen (born March 14, 1984) is a Norwegian mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of Cage Warriors. A professional competitor since 2006, he formerly competed for the UFC, DEEP, and BAMMA.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]


He started training karate at an early age, but choose to devote himself to gymnastics instead at the age of 8.[1]

Thoresen started training BJJ and Thai Boxing in 2003 with Jan T. Stange.[2] With no experience in grappling he was dominated and humiliated by a grappler during a training session. This experience led Thoresen to start training extensively on his ground game.[1] He trained with Team Valhall and Team Pammachon in Sandefjord for a while and won his first and only amateur MMA match in 2005.

After that he moved on to Oslo and Hellboy Hansen MMA in order to train full-time.[2] He attributes much of his success to his training under Joachim Hansen.[1] Hansen in turn has describe Thoresen as “a guy with amazing talent, who I truly believe will be a champion in the future.”[3]

Early career[edit]

Thoresen made his professional debut in August 2006 with a win over Clifford Hall at Intense Fighting 5: Caged. He still maintains close ties with Team Valhall and is usually cornered during his matches by Valhall Gym's main MMA coach Tommy Rasmussen and Jan T. Stange.

At Adrenaline 2: Rise of the Champions he defeated Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt André Mineus and amateur Shooto champion Cole Lauritsen to win the Adrenaline Sports welterweight title in Denmark.[4] He never defended his title and on December 7, 2008 Adrenaline announced that Thoresen "has forfeit his championship belt, since he has signed a contract with a very big promotion in Japan."[5]

Thoresen debuted for the DEEP in October 2008, losing to Eiji Ishikawa by majority decision. Following the loss, Thoresen competed primarily in England for promotions such as Cage Wars and BAMMA. He amassed an impressive streak (7 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw) over the next two and half years.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Thoresen confirmed that he had signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC on December 29, 2011.[6]

In his debut, Thoresen faced fellow newcomer Besam Yousef on April 14, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva.[7] He won the fight via submission in the second round.

Thoresen next fought Seth Baczynski on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.[8] Thoresen used his reach to keep Baczynski at bay and landed several big punches that caused a gash on the nose of Baczynski, Thoresen was then knocked out by a punch from Baczynski late in the first round.

Thoresen faced David Mitchell on January 26, 2013 at UFC on Fox 6.[9] Thoresen lost the fight via unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion.[10]

Post-UFC career[edit]

Thoresen was expected to face Peter Sobotta at MMA Attack 4 on October 26, 2013, however the event was cancelled.[11]

Due to his previous fight being cancelled, Thoresen was then scheduled for a fight against Domingos Mestre at Superior Challenge 9 on November 13, 2013. However, Thoresen was forced from the bout due to injury.[12]

In February, 2014, one year post his UFC career, Thoresen signed a five-fight deal with Cage Warriors.[13] His first fight was on June 7, 2014 against Jake Bostwick at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 69. He lost the fight via majority decision.

March 28, 2015, Thoresen fought Jack Mason at British Challenge MMA 10 in Colchester, Essex, England. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Ultimate Warrior Challenge
    • UWC Welterweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–6–1 Jack Mason Decision (unanimous) British Challenge MMA 10 March 28, 2015 3 5:00 Colchester, England
Loss 17–5–1 Jake Bostwick Decision (majority) Cage Warriors FC 69 June 7, 2014 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 17–4–1 David Mitchell Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson January 26, 2013 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 17–3–1 Seth Baczynski KO (punch) UFC 152 September 22, 2012 1 4:10 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 17–2–1 Besam Yousef Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva April 14, 2012 2 2:36 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 16–2–1 Manuel Garcia Submission (rear-naked choke) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 17 October 10, 2011 1 0:34 Southend-on-Sea, England Defended the UWC Welterweight Championship.
Win 15–2–1 Fabricio Nascimento Submission (rear-naked choke) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 16 July 2, 2011 1 2:35 Essex, England Won the UWC Welterweight Championship.
Loss 14–2–1 Seydina Seck TKO (punches & knees to the body) ADFC: Round 3 March 11, 2011 1 2:02 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 14–1–1 Vaidas Valancius Submission (rear naked choke) Cage Wars December 10, 2010 1 4:44 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 13–1–1 Marco Santi Submission (rear naked choke) BAMMA 4 September 25, 2010 1 3:59 Birmingham, England
Win 12–1–1 John Maguire Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 3 May 15, 2010 3 5:00 Birmingham, England
Draw 11–1–1 Michael Costa Draw Art of War 14 September 26, 2009 2 5:00 Cotai, Macau
Win 11–1 Sam Rocha Submission (rear-naked choke) Pain and Glory: Underground May 24, 2009 1 0:44 London, England
Win 10–1 Aurelijus Kerpe Submission (arm-triangle choke) Pain and Glory: Underground May 24, 2009 2 N/A London, England
Loss 9–1 Eiji Ishikawa Decision (majority) DEEP: 38 Impact October 23, 2008 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–0 Matt Thorpe Submission (kimura) Cage Warriors: Enter the Rough House 7 July 12, 2008 1 0:51 Nottingham, England
Win 8–0 Cole Lauritsen Submission (armbar) Adrenaline 2: Rise of the Champions April 12, 2008 1 4:03 Denmark
Win 7–0 Andre Mineus Submission (armbar) Adrenaline 2: Rise of the Champions April 12, 2008 2 1:30 Denmark
Win 6–0 Paul Jenkins Submission (armbar) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 6 March 1, 2008 1 1:06 Essex, England
Win 5–0 Chas Jacquier TKO (strikes) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 5 November 10, 2007 1 3:04 England
Win 4–0 Soli Clichko Submission (armbar) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 4 June 2, 2007 1 1:33 England
Win 3–0 Clifford Hall Submission (triangle choke) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 3 February 24, 2007 1 2:16 England
Win 2–0 Lee Dickson Submission (triangle choke) Ultimate Warrior Challenge 2 November 4, 2006 2 4:01 Southend, England
Win 1–0 Clifford Hall Submission (triangle choke) Intense Fighting 5 August 19, 2006 2 1:12 England

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Simeon Thoresen and the new breed". Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Fighters listing Vallhal Gym". Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "European throwdown in search of the next Bisping". Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Fightcard for ADRENALINE 2, April 12th 2008". Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "ANDRENALINE 4: The nexzt generation". Retrieved 26 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Ryan O'Leary (December 29, 2011). "Norwegian Simeon Thoresen Signs UFC Contract". Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 2 in Sweden adds Yousef vs. Thoresen". April 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen added to UFC 152 in Toronto". July 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ "UFC on Fox 6 Gets David Mitchell vs. Simeon Thoresen". December 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ Staff (February 20, 2013). "UFC releases Jon Fitch, Vladimir Matyushenko, 14 others". 
  11. ^ "MMA Attack 4 event cancelled". 2013-10-26. 
  12. ^ "Domingos Mestre vs. Simeon Thoresen, cancelled bout". Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  13. ^ "Norwegian UFC veteran Simeon Thoresen returns to Cage Warriors". 2014-02-07. 

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