The Ultimate Fighting Championship is so spread out, that for a novice fan, it’s hard to see the smaller promotions responsible for developing talent in their shadows. These promotions are also the same who carry the task of cutting paychecks to veterans who’ve been cut by the UFC on the down slope of their careers. Pretty much giving them a home while the bug to fight slowly starts to dissipate.
World Series of Fighting is putting on their fourth installment August 10, 2013 at the Citizen’s Bank Arena in Ontario, California. With WSOF 4, you’re served up a dish of Tyrone Spong (1-0) vs. Angel Deanda (11-2) as the Main Event. Wait a sec…What?!! How does a guy with one MMA fight headline a card?
It’s simple!! Did you not see his last fight? At WSOF 1, Spong dispatched Travis Barlett in 3:15 of the 1st Round in his MMA debut. Not to mention, he holds a stunning kickboxing record of 72-6-1-1 with 45 of those victories by way of knockout. Knowing this, I think this makes Spong one of the most feared strikers in MMA by default.
Spong’s opponent, Angel Deanda, is a heavy handed fighter in his own right. Out of the 11 victories that Deanda holds, 10 of them come via knockout. So, he’s no stranger to slinging the leather. One of the blemishes on Deanda’s record is a 1st Round knockout loss to UFC veteran James Irvin. Either way, Spong vs. Deanda will not disappoint the MMA audience who so often thirst for teeth grinding finishes.
Ok, that’s the main event. So, why else should I watch this card? You’re kidding, right? Veterans Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante vs. Tyson Griffin, Gerald Harris back to action, a rising Marlon Moraes set to impress after a landmark debut, and Ray Sefo (2-1) vs. David Huckaba (20-5).
Wait!! What? Yes the organizational President Ray Sefo is set to make his promotional debut inside his own organization. How often to you see an organizational president compete in his own promotion? No, I mean legit promotion. Not some garage born promotion who you could find constantly hitting up National Guard Armories for venues. Sefo much like Spong isn’t to be underestimated. An extensive career in kickboxing with 56 victories and 38 of them by knockout should be something novice fans shouldn’t take lightly.
Huckaba, 16 knockouts in 20 wins, is 9-1 in his last 10 fights. Knockout power Huckaba has, but don’t let that overshadow that he has 3 submissions to his credit including in his last bout over Carter Williams in another promotion.
Also, a highlight on this card will be Nick Newell. Newell suffers from congenital amputation. Basically he was born with just barely half of his left arm. Psht!! Like that stops him!! Newell is undefeated in his career at 9-0, with 6 submissions to his credit along with, get this……2 knockouts!! No way!! Yes, it’s true!! Newell comes from a regional organization where he recently vacated their title. He will make his debut for WSOF live on the main card. Keep your eyes out for him!!
World Series of Fighting 4 Prelims can be viewed at http://wsof.com/ . WSOF 4 Main Card can be viewed immediately after on NBC Sports Network. Check your local cable or satellite provider for times. DON’T FORGET…AUGUST 10!!
WSOF 4 CARD:
Main Card (NBC Sports Network)
Main Event: Tyrone Spong (1-0) vs. Angel Deanda (11-2)
Marlon Moraes (10-4-1) vs. Brandon Hempleman (9-1)
Ray Sefo (2-1) vs. Dave Huckaba (20-5)
Nick Newell (9-0) vs. Keon Caldwell (9-1)
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (17-7-1) vs. Tyson Griffin (16-6)
Preliminary Card (WSOF Website)
Gerald Harris (21-5) vs. Jorge Santiago (25-11)
Lewis Gonzales (8-0) vs. Antonio McKee (28-5-2)
Lew Polley (10-4) vs. Hans Stringer (21-5-2)
Joe Murphy (6-1) vs. John Robles (7-1)
Isaac Gutierrez (5-3) vs. Victor Valenzuela (12-6-2)