"The Bad Boy" from Denmark
Lars Besand Interview
Sometimes you meet people and you know right away you're going to like them. Lars Besand is one of
those people. His wit and sense of humor plus friendliness makes you feel like you've been old friends for
years and years. It's a credit to his character. Lars is also one accomplished fighter - Ultimate Combat
super fight champion and Danish heavyweight Shootfighting champion. We were very fortunate to
have Lars put some time aside for us to answer some questions we shot off to him during his very busy
schedule. For those of you not familiar with internet lingo, here's a quick cheat sheet:
lol = laughing out loud
*s* = smile
rofl = rolling on the floor laughing
TFG.tv: Lars, tell us a little about yourself for those who may not have had the chance to become familiar with you..
LB: Okeidookii.. let me see.. hmm.. Born in the town called Skagen, in Denmark! Nice little town - friendly
people - and cool beaches in the summer! Married to Susanne, with whom I have 2 fantastic children -
Lærke (3 years) & Nanna (6 years) - and they mean worlds to me!! I usually, fight in the minus 84 kg [ 185
lbs] weight class (I think it’s called middleweight - according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission) - I
started out a HEAVYweight *lol* When I started fighting, I weighed about 119 kg [ 262 lbs.] !!!! I was
Huuuuge *s* ... My nickname .. Bad Boy.. hehe.. for those who’ve seen me fight - it makes sense.. as,
outside the cage - I’m very friendly and talkative.. and inside the cage - I’m, just plain, bad .. hehe.. but in a
good way *LOL*
TFG.tv: How's the MMA scene there?
LB: In Scandinavia, it's prospering alot - mainly thank to a few really hardworking guys - and among them,
my mentor August Wallén - president of Shootfighting International. He’s worked so hard, for mma and
shootfighting to be accepted in Scandinavia and Europe - and is Succeeding!! In Denmark, the major mma
organization is Shootfighting Denmark, (affiliated with Shootfighting International) which is run by Carl Otto
Knudsen - one of the pioneers of Danish MMA! And, still the government in Denmark, is a little wary of
mma - even though we’ve proved on many occasions that we are, serious, honest and hardworking athletes
- and NOT some bum fight clones *lol* But, we are getting more and more accepted - day by day. which is
very cool.. as alot of the fighters work really hard for it!
TFG.tv: How did you get started in Martial Arts ?
LB: Hehe.. I think, basically, like all other young dudes out there... Saw all the Ninja Master, Bruce Lee &
Kung Fu movies - at a very young age... and started out, at the nearest deadly martial art gym - The Skagen
Shotokan Karate gym.... hehe.. I actually showed up in a black Gi on the first day *rofl* imagine the
Lars at European Vale Tudo against Scott Ireland
TFG.tv: Who has been an influence on you?
LB: Well to begin with, My Father - for not making me a wuss *lol* And, martial arts wise -definitely August
Wallen And Carl Otto Knudsen - their technical expertise has improved my game immensely!! And,
August is by far the best trainer/teacher any mma student could want - he’s always as a
teacher / trainer / fighter / mma-fan, evolving - never being stuck in one place!! Which is great for us - his
TFG.tv: What's your favorite part of Martial Arts?
LB: The Friends I get around the world - people in mma are above all, the friendliest people around!! Even
the fighters I’m matched up against - always willing to talk and exchange ideas and stuff.. and - for me
- a close second place - must be the competing part - that really gets me going!!
TFG.tv: How did you make the transition into MMA?
LB: After having studied WTF Tae kwon do for 10 years and more.. getting the 2nd Dan. I started out trying
different things at seminars - and I’d only heard of ultimate fighting at that point... and somehow, I stumbled
across Shootfighting in Aalborg, Denmark - and I attended a seminar with August Wallen - And BANG, I
was hooked - that was it - No looking back!! No Remorse - it got my attention 110%!!
Getting his kicks with Pierre Guillet!!
TFG.tv: What's your training / schedule like?
LB: Hehe.. hard, I think *lol* basically, as a pro fighter in Denmark, I can't make a living out of it.. and thus,
I got to have a full time job on the side to support my fantastic family.. so, I usually get up very early,
around 4.30 or 5 in the morning.. do my cardio/strength programs.. go to work from 7 to 15 [3pm] - pick up
the kids.. chill out with them... go to training at 18 o’clock [6pm] - come home around 22.00 [10pm] ..and
tadaaa, fall asleep *lol*
TFG.tv: How does your family feel about you stepping into the ring?
LB: In the beginning, my wife was a little anxious, but now she knows how much it means to me - and
she’s seen that, mma is a fairly harmless sport! which she actually enjoys seeing - both live and on the tv!
TFG.tv: What are some of the events you've participated in.
LB: Recently, I fought on some of the best shows in Europe, Ultimate Combat www.mlsports.co.uk and, on
the same fight card as the mighty Guy Mezger www.guymezger.com and Travis Lutter, at the event called
European Vale Tudo www.europeanvaletudo.com - I won both my fights via G´N´P! [ground and pound]
Lars vs. Sol
TFG.tv: If you could fight in any organization tomorrow, which would it be and why?
LB: Hmm...difficult one.. but I would have to be realistic.. and say, Shooto in Japan - and Hook N Shoot in
the U.S. - both shows have VERY talented and very high technical level fighters!! Much respect to them..
but yes, would love to go to Japan and fight.. I think I would do alright down there!
TFG.tv: Who's been you toughest opponent to date?
LB: Sol "Zero Tolerance" Gilbert - a war @ ultimate combat 4 - pheww.. we fought to a draw.. and after
that, I radically changed the way I train and live as a fighter!!
TFG.tv: Who would you like to fight?
LB: Hmm.. someone famous *lol* I don't really know... time will tell.. *s*
TFG.tv: If you could make a match between any two fighters in the world, who would they be and why and
who's your favorite fighter?
LB: Oh, in my little fantasy world - it would have to be "El Guapo" [Bas Rutten] vs. "The Axe Murderer"
[Wanderlei Silva]!!! These two and Jerome LeBanner are above all my biggest hero’s in the fightgame!!
TFG.tv: Which MMA events do you like to watch?
LB: Well, UFC off course and Pride.. and, closely, Shooto Japan, hook n shoot - and IVC *S*
Meneghal vs. Besand
TFG.tv: What would you like to see happen with MMA throughout the world.
LB: I would love to see mma get the respect it deserves - both for the fighters, the game - everything! As we
are some of the hardest working athletes out there I think!!
TFG.tv: What's something that people would be surprised to learn about you?
LB: .Hmm... difficult one.. maybe, that I once had hair all the way down to my bottom *lol* and loved Black
Metal.. but, I still like hardcore music today!! I thrive on it!!
TFG.tv: What's next for you?
LB: To evolve into a super fighting machine *rofl* no, just to get better at my game.. and hopefully, compete
all over Europe.. and, maybe some kind of world title this year.. but the future has yet to reveal itself.. but,
Denmark - I’m coming soon to fight in a big city :)
TFG.tv: Is there anyone you would like to thank for their support ?
LB: ... Alot of people have supported me along the way... - I would like to thank August Wallen & Marko
Ervasti, my mentors in Shootfighting; for all of their wisdom and teaching skills!! Carl Otto Knudsen - for
bringing MMA a step further up the ladder in Scandinavia!! Kim Hovgaard and All of the Guys @ Ålborg
Submission Fighting for being so nice and friendly @ all of our cozy sparring sessions! Dale Addams,
CSP, and Team Ultimate Combat! SWS 4 Life! All of the Craze peemps on Martial Arts.dk - Reeeespect!!
S.h.o.o.t. Spain - cool dudes and hardcore fighters!! SPRAWL, FAIRTEX, - for making sure I look the
Business!! Tue Trnka - for his great work for Danish mma!! Team Warriors - for their loving support!! Skagen
Fight Gym - Thomas Hinrichsen and all of the others - I respect you all soo much!! And, lastly, to all my
fans *s* and all of your emails .. great stuff!!!
and.. oh..be sure to visit our new site www.skagenfightgym.dk - which will be online shortly!!!
Together with Andy Foreman and Kim "Hardcore" Hovgaard!
TFG.tv: Thank You for your time.
LB: No , Thank you for the interview - always great to help the Viking Spirit out into the world!!
TheFightGame.tv would like to thank Mr. Besand once again for his time in answering our questions and for
letting us use his pictures for this interview. We hope we get the pleasure to see you fight here in the