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Kickboxing champ Tyrone Spong considering MMA debut, promises title run

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Sick and tired of lay-and-pray? Tyrone Spong might just be your new favorite fighter.

The soon-to-be-26-year-old Dutch-Surinamese kickboxer, who opened his striking career unbeaten in his first 65 outings, may soon make the transition to mixed martial arts in the U.S.

If (when) he does, Spong has one promise: You will be entertained.

"The American fans have shown me a lot of love and a lot of respect," Spong recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "They motivate me. It's guys like that help you keep pushing to get better. If I do come here to the U.S. to do MMA, I will entertain you. That's a promise."

Long a staple of the kickboxing scene, MMA fans recently took notice of the knockout artist after he defeated Ray Sefo in a K-1 bout this past October and then took a much-larger Alistair Overeem to a hard-fought decision in a December 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix quarterfinal contest.

Spong was then linked to former UFC champ Rashad Evans, who worked with the striking expert in preparation for a UFC 133 bout with Tito Ortiz. Spong said he took the time working with "The Blackzilians" to pick up a few groundfighting techniques in preparation for a potential move to MMA.


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Post #1   8/30/11 3:06:49PM   

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If I had to put money on it, id say he gets taken down...a lot. I wouldn't wanna stand with him...even for a photo op

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Posted by prophecy033

If I had to put money on it, id say he gets taken down...a lot. I wouldn't wanna star with him...even for a photo op



But I would still love to see him in MMA! U never know he might pick up some good takedown defence and subs quickly! I really hope so!

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he could essentially be a more powerful Pat Barry type fighter

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Tyrone is one of my favorite kickboxers so I'm excited to see his MMA debut. I just hope it goes better than Gokhan Saki and Badr Hari's.

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If Pat Barry can become half successful in MMA at 32, Tyrone Spong can be just as successful at 26.

WAR SPONG

Post #6   8/31/11 6:40:15PM