Posted 08/06/2013 by admin in WSOF

World Series of Fighting 4 Preview

By Jon Lane, August 5th, 2013 

One of the best kickboxers in the world, Tyrone “King of the Ring” Spong will headline Saturday’s World Series of Fighting 4 event when he battles Angel “The Dream” DeAndra. A kickboxer since 2001, Spong made a successful MMA debut last November with a first-round knockout of Travis Bartlett at the first WSOF event in Las Vegas.

The victory was so impressive and absolute it was enough for WSOF officials to place Spong in Saturday’s main event. In June, he won GLORY’s 95-kilogram kickboxing title with a first-round TKO of Danyo Ilunga in New York. Training with the Blackziilians in South Florida, Spong is already living up to the hype, and come Saturday night he’s determined to reach the next level.

“I’m training with some of the best MMA fighters in the world,” Spong said in a conference call promoting the event. “I’m very satisfied with my camp. I know it’s a quick turnaround, but it just shows that I’m in great shape and that I don’t need to take too much time off. I’m just ready and I just want to give the fans what they want.

“I thank Angel DeAnda for accepting this fight. He seems like the type of guy who really likes to bring it and who gives the fans what they expect: a hard and exciting fight. Everyone who knows me understands that that’s one of the things that I stand for.”

DeAnda (11-2) could prove to be a tough customer. He’s made a name for himself on the California circuit and is unbeaten in his last four fights, including last November’s victory over former Strikeforce top contender Anthony Ruiz.

“This is the biggest fight of my career so far. I’m ready to go in there and get it on with Tyrone Spong, a true kickboxing legend who is trying to make his name in MMA. And now I’m trying to make my name. We’re just two fighters trying to make it to the top. I’m always pushing myself so whatever it takes to get to the top of the World Series of Fighting I will do.”

Also on the card, to be held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., is the co-main event pitting former UFC lightweight and featherweight Tyson Griffin (16-6), against Gesias Cavalcante (17-7-1, 2 NC). Another name competitor is “Sugar” Ray Sefo (2-1), who stepped down as WSOF promoter to accept one last fight, this against Dave Huckaba (20-5). Sefo is a veteran kickboxer who last competed in March 2012 (unanimous decision loss to Mirko Cro Cop and has also faced Spong (UD loss). The last time Sefo was in an MMA cage was for Strikeforce in 2011, a submission loss to Valentjin Overeem.

Despite the inactivity, Sefo hasn’t formally announced his retirement from combat sports, but said over the media call that it’s “99.9 percent sure that this will be my last fight.” That .01 percent is a slight opening for another bout in March 2014, but first thing’s first.

“I’ve always said I’m a smart enough guy to know when to hang it up and I’ve got a lot more on my plate right now, even though I would really love to compete some more,” Sefo said. “There are just some other things that are taking priority right now.

“I don’t know what Dave means by nobody knows who he is. I know who he is and he’s definitely a force to be reckoned with. His record speaks for itself. I’ve got nothing but respect for Dave and I know he’s going to be a tough opponent. And I know we are going to put on a good show.”

Huckaba is a veteran of the independent circuit with one fight for Bellator Fighting Championships. “The Bad Man” is a winner of nine of his last 10 fights and enters the biggest fight of his seven-year career.

“This is a big opportunity for me, especially fighting a kickboxing legend like Ray Sefo,” Huckaba said. “I’ve put in a lot of camp. I feel like a lot of people don’t give me the respect that’s due to me or that people don’t really know who I am. So to fight someone who is at Ray Sefo’s level is going to be exciting. My training camp has been great. It’s probably the first one I’ve been through where I’ve had no injuries. Everything is just going good right now and falling together at the right time.”

Official weigh-ins take place this Friday, August 9th at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) at Ontario’s Dave & Buster’s located at 4821 Mills Circle and can also be seen via livestream on



Date: August 10, 2013

Location: Ontario, California

Venue: Citizens Business Bank Arena

Broadcast: NBC Sports Network


MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network, 10:30 p.m. ET)

Tyrone Spong vs. Angel DeAnda

Brandon Hempleman vs. Marlon Moraes

Dave Huckaba vs. Ray Sefo

Keon Caldwell vs. Nick Newell

Gesias Cavalcante vs. Tyson Griffin



Gerald Harris vs. Jorge Santiago

Lewis Gonzalez vs. Antonio McKee

Lew Polley vs. Hans Stringer

Jared Papazian vs. John Robles

Isaac Gutierrez vs. Victor Valenzuela