Tyrone Spong, one of combat sports’ most prolific fighters, is returning to mixed martial arts this summer.
World Series of Fighting executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz informed MMA Fighting that Spong would return at WSOF 22, Aug. 1. The welterweight title match will be between champion Rousimar Palhares and former Strikeforce middleweight titleholder Jake Shields. Bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes is scheduled to defend his title against Team Nogueira prospect Sheymon Moraes.
Spong, known as the “King of the Ring,” decided to add mixed martial arts to his resume back in 2012 and started training with the Blackzillians. In his pro debut at the inaugural WSOF event, he knocked out Travis Bartlett in the first round. Almost a year later he defeated Angel DeAnda via decision.
The “King of the Ring” took a brief absence from MMA to compete at Glory 15 in April 2014 where he advanced to the finals of the Glory World Series light heavyweight title tournament by defeating Saulo Cavalari. In the championship match against Gökhan Saki, he suffered a leg injury. Spong underwent surgery for the leg back in October.
In March, he fought his first two professional boxing matches. He knocked out Gabor Farkas in 74 seconds. Fifteen days later he finished Emre Altintas in just under two minutes.
Abdel-Aziz did not reveal Spong’s opponent during the interview, which isn’t surprising.
Return bouts are always a gamble for fighters. It will be interesting to see if Spong has any cage rust on him. Any opponent WSOF puts against him will most likely go for the previously injured leg. If the company wants to see a striking clinic, they may put Spong up against Mike Kyle or Jared Hamman.
Some critics may overlook Spong and not see him as championship material simply because of his lack of MMA experience. Despite this, him being a three-sport combat athlete does make him an attraction.
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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220
UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)
Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:
“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.
If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.
Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.
UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
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