2012 World MMA Middleweight Scouting Report: #8 – Tor Troeng

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Photo by Henrik Wall, MMAViking.com

Name: 22px-flag_of_sweden Tor Troeng
Nickname: The Hammer
Age: 28
Height: 6'2"
Location:
Umea, Sweden

Sweden's Tor Troeng (14-4-1) has done everything he can to become an upper-echelon mixed martial artist. He's accumulated fourteen wins in nineteen appearances in a six-year period. He's traveled to Gordo Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil, spent time at London Shootfighters, and even made his way stateside to train at Alliance Training Center in San Diego, California. Troeng has walked the walk.

Unfortunately, walking and talking are two different actions. Troeng's loss to former UFC fighter Thales Leites at Superior Challenge 6 last October, a second round rear naked choke defeat, derailed Troeng's run, at least in the immediate future. It proved that he needed more seasoning despite racking up a 7-1 record in his last eight appearances.

Troeng returned at Superior Challenge 7 in April, beating heralded prospect Robert Jocz by decision. He followed up the win by submitting Tomas Kuzela at Battle of Botnia 4 in September and knocking out Andre Reinders in three minutes and seventeen seconds at GCF 7 in December.

Wielding a solid jab and a well-balanced striking arsenal, Troeng hasn't had issues with equally technical punchers. He also possesses a proven submission game and a long 6'2" frame that helps him control and devastate the opposition from the top.

So, what gives? Why isn't Troeng one of the strongest European prospects? Troeng isn't overwhelmingly great in any one area, and it becomes apparent when a world-class grappler like Thales Leites finds his way into your guard and begins passing effortlessly.

That isn't to say Troeng can't attain a higher level of skill, but he needs to face stiffer competition to test himself, specifically against international talent outside of Sweden. That may come easier for him if the UFC picks him up.

Check out video footage of Tor Troeng after the jump...

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Tor Troeng HL

Tor Troeng vs. Andre Reinders
Gladiator Championship Fighting 7
December 3, 2011

Tor Troeng vs. Thales Leites
Superior Challenge 6
October 29, 2010

Tor Troeng vs. Matt Thorpe
Battle of Botnia 2
December 12, 2009

Tor Troeng vs. Bruno Silva
Battle of Botnia
May 2, 2009

Tor Troeng vs. Lucio Linhares
Shooto Finland - Chicago Collision 3
November 17, 2007

Tor Troeng vs. Mamed Khalidov
Full Contact Prestige 3
February 25, 2007

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