Tyrone Spong is riding fairly high these days. His current 5-fight win streak includes crushing KO’s of legends Peter Aerts and Remy Bonjasky that have nudged him up to #4 in the GLORY rankings, and sandwiched in, between he smashed Some Guy in his MMA debut at World Series Of Fighting 1.
Spong had ambitious plans to continue this run by co-headlining WSOF 3 and apparently fighting someone at GLORY’s big event in NYC only 8 days later, but it now seems at least one of those ain’t happening. As first reported by The Nose last week and now backed up by Sherdog, Spong won’t have a new visa in time to allow a proper MMA camp with the Blackzillians, and so must postpone his second appearance with the little gloves. I guess WSOF will have to fall back on the guaranteed barnburner* of Volkmann vs Fancy Pants as a co-main event, and well… good luck with that. Anyway, Spong could still make the GLORY show since he can train at home in Holland for that one, but with Daniel Ghita already set to face #13 ranked Brice Guidon, we sadly won’t get the #3 vs #4 match I’d have hoped for. Can’t blame Ghita for taking an easier opponent as a rebound from the ass whuppin’ that Gokhan Saki just gave him. Enter Errol Zimmerman, perhaps?
Spong’s fought in one-day tournaments more than once before, but I can’t help but think that his plan says something about how he viewed his prospective WSOF opponent. Sporting a record of 11-2, Angel DeAnda isn’t exactly a can, but considering all but one of his fights ended by (T)KO, he’s also not the guy to test if Spong can actually mix his martial arts. Throwing an MMA slugger in against an elite kickboxer with six times as many fights under his belt sure looks like a gimme match for Spong… as long as he doesn’t get Overeem’d, that is.
* Not a guarantee.
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