March 14, 1984 |
|Other names||The Grin|
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||78 kg (172 lb)|
|Fighting out of||Oslo, Norway|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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
Thoresen started training BJJ and Thai Boxing in 2003 with Jan T. Stange. 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. 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. He attributes much of his success to his training under Joachim Hansen. Hansen in turn has describe Thoresen as “a guy with amazing talent, who I truly believe will be a champion in the future.”
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. 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."
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
Thoresen confirmed that he had signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC on December 29, 2011.
Thoresen next fought Seth Baczynski on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. 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.
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.
In February, 2014, one year post his UFC career, Thoresen signed a five-fight deal with Cage Warriors. 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
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Warrior Challenge
- UWC Welterweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|24 matches||17 wins||6 losses|
|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|
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- "Fighters listing Vallhal Gym". Retrieved 6 October 2009.
- "European throwdown in search of the next Bisping". Retrieved 6 October 2009.
- "Fightcard for ADRENALINE 2, April 12th 2008". Retrieved 6 October 2009.
- "ANDRENALINE 4: The nexzt generation". Retrieved 26 October 2009.
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- "Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen added to UFC 152 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. July 24, 2012.
- "UFC on Fox 6 Gets David Mitchell vs. Simeon Thoresen". mmaweekly.com. December 3, 2012.
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- "MMA Attack 4 event cancelled". tapology.com. 2013-10-26.
- "Domingos Mestre vs. Simeon Thoresen, cancelled bout". tapology.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
- "Norwegian UFC veteran Simeon Thoresen returns to Cage Warriors". mmajunkie.com. 2014-02-07.