Norway’s Kim Thinghaugen Lands Nordic’s First Ever Twister

Valhall Gym’s Kim Thinghaugen (4-1) finished his Saturday’s bout against Huseyin Garabet (4-7) with a twister… yes, a twister. While no official records are kept, MMAViking.com’s research team believes it just may be the first ever twister finish from a Nordic fighter in a pro MMA bout. ‘I kind of taught myself it… I just watched an Eddie Bravo video to learn the set up’ says the Norwegian to MMAViking.com about his remarkable Warrior Fight Series 5 main event finish in the third round.

Yeah baby! Kim Thinghaugen won by a first round twister! #MMA #mixedmartialarts ???? #valhallgym

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While now training in Larvik, Norway, the featherweight also trains in Los Angeles. “I’m planing on getting back there (in the USA) before this years fall. There I usually train with Felipe Werdum at Werdums combat team. But when Im in Norway Im with Valhall gym, and for this camp I worked a lot with Kay Erikssen, Victor Liland, Henrik Lie and Quinton.”

“Everything kind of happens fast in a fight so, I remember that I dived in on his legs and took him down. After a couple of scrambles I got his back and from there I transitioned to the twister. Awesome!!”

The fighter with a 4 win and 1 loss record, was paired up against a tough striker in London, but didn’t necessarily focus on getting the fight to the ground. Known as “Kimbo,” Thinghaugen hasn’t had a submission since his pro debut back in 2012. He last fight at Contenders East Anglia – Norwich 13, where he won by TKO.