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Tyrone Spong discusses his MMA debut with World Series of Fighting.
Tomnorrow, the World Series of Fighting inaugural card will kick off with a fantastic event. The promotion, headed by veteran kickboxing superstar, Ray Sefo, has pulled out all the stops in order to put together a real hard charger. With names like Andrei Arlovski, Gerald Harris, Gesias Cavalcante, and Josh Burkman, fans are almost guaranteed to get some quality, entertaining fights. The event will air on NBC Sports channel (formerly Versus), and if you don't get the channel from your cable provider, WSOF has taken an extra measure for viewers and will be providing a free stream of the event via Sherdog. That's what I call going the extra mile.
One name on the card that really interests me, is Tyrone Spong. The Dutch kickboxer, known for being one of the most devastating strikers in the world, will be making his light heavyweight debut against 7-2 Travis Bartlett. Despite the difference in experience, I can't help but worry for Bartlett's safety. With Spong training with the likes of Alistair Overeem, Rashad Evans, Mario Sperry and Henri Hooft, it's a pretty safe bet to say that he's coming in for a finish, and it will most likely be a nasty one. I recently got a couple minutes with Tyrone, to discuss his debut. Here's what he had to say:
I'm excited about my debut and the debut of WSOF. It's one big debut. A lot of people know me from my kickboxing fights, and I would feel honored if I could do well enough to become the face of this promotion. I'm looking forward to putting on a great show for all the fans, and from there, we can see what's going to happen.
It's all business with me. I know he's coming in with the 7-2 record, and that's a nice record, but I have a flawless MMA record right now at 0-0. I'm planning on keeping my record flawless. I won't feel sorry if I knock him out. Not at all. When we get in the cage, it's all about business. We're both well trained athletes, and we know the consequences before we step in there to fight. Getting knocked out is part of the game.
I've been working a lot on my ground game. This is not a kickboxing match. It's an MMA fight. You have to make sure you're ready for whatever comes your way. Even though you want to provide yourself with new weapons, you still have to maintain your old weapons and keep them sharp. I feel like my striking and my ground game are both on point for this fight. This is the earliest stage of my MMA career, so first things first, I have to make sure that I win, and I plan to win by any means necessary.
You can follow Tyrone via his Twitter account, @Tyrone_Spong