the sport of mixed martial arts continues to explode onto the global sports
scene, more and more competitors from other forms of athletics are making their
way into the MMA world. Professional boxers, football players, wrestlers, and
others have tried their hand at success in the fastest growing sport in the
world. Most have faltered in pursuit of their goal. Famed kickboxer Tyrone
Spong is planning to join the ranks of top fighters next, and is doing
everything he can to make sure he has success.
King of the Ring,” as he is known, is a disciple of kickboxing legend and
former K-1 world champion “Mr. Perfect” Ernesto Hoost. With Henri Hooft as his head coach, Spong has
run through the competition in Muay Thai, compiling an incredible record of 104
fights, 99 wins and 70 KOs (5-losses, 1-Draw and 1-No Contest). Still only 25
years old, Spong is now ready to make the transition to a new frontier: MMA.
in Suriname, Spong and his family moved to the Netherlands when he was five. He
made his amateur kickboxing debut in 2001, compiling an 8-1 record before
making the decision to turn professional at the age of 16. Spong started off
his career with a seven-fight undefeated streak to earn his first title, the
W.K.N. Thaiboxing European Middleweight Championship.
2005 saw Spong compete at the A-1 Combat Cup, where he landed three consecutive
knockouts to earn his first tournament championship. The next year, he experienced
two big victories in knockouts of respected Muay Thai veteran Joerie Mes and
K-1 superstar Kaoklai Kaennorsing. Spong lost his first fight of 2007 before
going on a tear through the remainder of the year and into 2008, winning
thirteen straight fights. In the process, he garnered the SLAMM World 79kg
title, the W.F.C.A. World Thaiboxing Cruiserweight belt, and the “It’s
Showtime” 95MAX world championship. Overall, Spong has a total of nine world
is known as one of the most devastating strikers in his sport. The 6’2” athlete
has competed in five different divisions in kickboxing, including lightweight, middleweight,
cruiserweight, heavyweight, and super heavyweight. During the course of his
eight-year career in the ring, Spong has garnered many kickboxing belts and
trophies. He’s fought all over the world, and competed in the 2010 K-1 World
Grand Prix. Spong has also faced several fighters in kickboxing that are
familiar to fight fans, including Jerome Le Banner, Ray Sefo, and Strikeforce®
Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem. Yet, he is hungry for more. And that
means putting all his talents, skills, and experience to use within the
confines of MMA.
The father of three joined up with “Suga” Rashad Evans, Anthony
“Rumble” Johnson, Jorge Santiago, Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante, and the Villefort brothers,
Yuri and Danillo, and others to become part of the Blackzilians. Considered a phenom in
kickboxing circles, Spong’s addition brings an elite level of striking to the
made his successful professional MMA debut at the World Series of Fighting
November 3, 2012 with a first round knockout.