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Mitch "The Dragon" Chilson is not the only good-looking fighter here for the inaugural Martial Combat event.

The New Paper meets three other gladiators who will have no problems charming the socks off women MMA enthusiasts.

OLE "IRON FIST" LAURSEN, 32
Thailand

Laursen's menacing expression says it all - his opponents fear him for his talent in muay thai, a combat art he began practising at the age of 15. Born in the Philippines and brought up in Denmark, the hunky tattooed beefcake now makes Ubon, Thailand, his home. That's where he runs his own gym, Legacy.

"At 19, I knew MMA was what I wanted to do with my life," said the professional fighter.

His nickname Iron Fist was given to him by his older brother when they were teenagers.

"It's the name of a comic book we both loved, he felt it suited me because I hit hard with my fists."

AYESFORTHESEGUYS ZHANG JINGXONG "LIGHTNING", 28
Taiwan

He's not called Lightning for no reason. Taichung native Zhang, who picked up taekwondo when he was just in kindergarten, is known for his swift and sharp moves.

"My speed is my greatest strength," said the tall, dashing dude, who will take on Singapore representative Mitch Chilson for the first time.

"I've watched him (Chilson) in videos and I'm confident of putting up a good fight.

"Our styles differ greatly, so we'll need to up our sense of rhythm and pacing."

WIKTOR "THE SLAYER" SWENSSON, 26
Sweden

Towering over most of his fighting compatriots at 1.88m, Swensson - who picked up MMA when he was an army regular seven years ago - may look like a gentle giant, but he executes one of the most aggressive moves in the sport.

"My best tactic is the ground-and-pound. I am good at pinning my opponents to the ground and punching them," he said.

This Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist used to own a martial arts school in his native country before relocating to Phuket, Thailand, in 2008.

"I want to improve my muay thai skills and Thailand is the mecca for muay thai."

keeyunt@sph.com.sg

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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