World Series Of Fighting 4 took place last night, which featured a light-heavyweight bout between Tyrone Spong and Angel DeAnda. Coming into this bout, Spong was one of the most experienced and talented strikers, holding over nine world championships in the K-1 kickboxing tournament. Early in this fight, Spong unleashed some nasty leg kicks, forcing DeAnda back on several occasions.
DeAnda was game, however, often landing some good counter strikes. It made Spong respect DeAnda’s power and skill, making it a back and forth battle for three rounds. Spong was content on his leg kicking game, and even threw some good flying knees to the body of DeAnda. At the end of the day, Spong walked away with a dominant decision, and it’s clear he still has some things to work on before he’s ready to transition over to the UFC.
Training out of the Blackzillians camp, alongside Rashad Evans, Spong has relied on his kickboxing game in both of his MMA bouts. It has served him well, but it was clear last night he needs to mix things up a bit in terms of his combos. Spong would throw a powerful leg kick, but he wouldn’t follow it up with anything substantial. Such a rudimentary game plan will not work against the elite in the light-heavyweight division.
To Spong’s credit, he prevented DeAnda from taking him down, which is a credit to training alongside fighters like Evans, who is one of the best wrestlers in the UFC. It was only Spong’s second MMA bout, so he has plenty of time to improve and fulfill his title aspirations.