Ole Laursen made a triumphant return to the Art of War ring on Saturday night. The Filipino-Danish lightweight showcased some impressive submission skills to finish Ansagan Kuseinov with a Kimura early in the opening round.
Laursen’s fought for Art of War in 2007 and 2009, winning both fights. He was booked to headline the organisation’s first card in seven years which took place at the Beijing Olympic Sports Centre and featured nine fights.
Kuseinov show for an early takedown and briefly succeeded in putting Laursen on his back only for the Muay Thai specialist to bounce straight back up. Seconds later he landed a second takedown and ended up in the 38-year-old’s guard.
Laursen immediately locked his hands around Kuseinov’s left arm. The Kazakh quickly recognised the danger but was powerless to prevent his opponent from cranking the Kimura so hard that he had no option but to tap.
It was Laursen’s first win since 2012 and takes his overall record to 7-4, with three wins out of three for Art of War. He also picked up a 50,000 RMB ‘submission of the night’ bonus while Kuseinov drops to 5-4 after a second successive loss.
The ‘KO of the night’ bonus went to Tsuyoshi Yamashita (4-1) who finished Rong Fan (0-1) with a head kick. He faced competition from Handong Kong (1-3) who scored a spectacular knockout of his own with two brutal soccer kicks to the head of Sandeep Kumar (7-2).
Interestingly Art of War adopted similar regulations to ONE Championship for this event with all fighters forced to compete at their walk around weight. They were checked every day in the buildup to the fight to prevent anyone from engaging in extreme dehydration tactics.
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