Spong Debuting at Nov.3 in World Series of Fighting
ook out light heavyweights, Tyrone Spong is coming.
After hinting that he'd be making his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut for Titan Fighting Championships on November 2nd, Spong will now instead officially be making his debut in for the inaugural World Series of Fighting show on November 3, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rumors abound that his upcoming opponent will be veteran of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 10 and fellow light heavyweight, James McSweeney.
If so, it would be an interesting style match-up as McSweeney has kickboxing experience, although he's been much more adept on the ground in his recent contests, winning six of seven fights including four submissions.
Spong currently trains out of Imperial Athletics alongside several other talented "Blackzilians" his own size like Rashad Evans, Alistair Overeem, Anthony Johnson and Vitor Belfort.
In making the transition to MMA, Spong might bring the best set of striking credentials ever to the light heavyweight division.
"The King of the Ring" began his K-1 kickboxing career in 2003 at just 18 years old and competed in a wide range of bouts from shootboxing to Muay Thai to traditional kickboxing. Throughout his career, Spong won seven titles and accumulated a very impressive 68-6-1 record with one no contest mixed in.
An interesting factoid, he defeated World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo via unanimous decision to qualify for the K-1 World Grand Prix in 2010.
In his first and only K-1 Grand Prix, Spong met Alistair Overeem in the quarterfinals. Despite being dwarfed in size, he took the eventual tournament winner the distance, losing a decision.
In his last kickboxing bout before switching to MMA, Spong knocked out K-1 legend Peter Aertz in the third round at It's Showtime! in Brussels, Belgium this past June.
How do you expect the 27 year old Spong to fare in MMA? We all know his striking is legit, but will he be able to bring the other parts of his game up to snuff?
hahaha James McSweeney is getting knocked the **** out!
09-20-2012 05:40 AM
McSweeney has evolved pretty impressively since his UFC run, but he really needs to get it to the ground to stand a chance, his Kickboxing background has been greatly overhyped.
09-20-2012 05:44 AM
For folks that don't know.. Tyrone Spong is a top 5 HW kickboxer, yet he's got the frame of a MW, only a few years ago he was fighting at 66kgs. One of the greatest p4p strikers in existence.
As Killstarz said.. McSweeney will be without a head by the end of the night.
09-21-2012 01:57 PM
Oh dear, this will not end well for James. Spong is incredible.
09-22-2012 12:16 AM
Well I wonder how this is going to have an effect on the World Series of Fighting debut.
09-22-2012 11:27 AM
He could move a little more for my taste. It was impressive how he could stand the force of Overeem and even put quite some own pressure on him at times, but there was mostly only forward and backward motion.
We'll see how he developped the other aspects of MMA. And I hope to see some of his body shots and get some Bas Rutten déjà vus.
09-22-2012 11:32 AM
Spong has a good insight if McSweeney is the opponent...James was originally Rashads striking coach at Jacksons right? and coached McSweeney on TUF10. I could see McSweeney subbing Spong given half the chance.