The World Series of Fighting returns to action tomorrow night, with the main card kicking off at 7:30 PM (PT)/10:30 PM (ET) on NBC Sports Network. We’ll be bringing you live updates throughout the night, starting with the online preliminary portion of the card at 5:30 PM (PT)/8:30 PM (ET), and continuing on through the main event. WSOF 4 will be headlined by kickboxing champion Tyrone Spong and Angel DeAnda.
When Spong enters the cage on Saturday night, it will be just his second professional mixed martial arts bout. He made his initial foray into the sport last year, quickly dispatching of Travis Bartlett by technical knockout in the first round. He carries a 72-6 career kickboxing record, recently winning the Glory Light Heavyweight tournament title by defeating three opponents in one evening. Spong will look to continue competing in both sports, and stake his claim as one of the premier combat sports athletes on the planet. He faces a step up in competition against the explosive Angel DeAnda, who holds an 11-2 record with 10 wins coming by way of knockout. Spong is a friend and training partner to former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans at the Blackzilians camp, and this weekend’s fight will be a good indicator of how far his overall MMA game has developed.
The co-main event of the evening will feature UFC veteran Tyson Griffin taking on Strikeforce and K-1 veteran Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante. Both have struggled to find consistent success as of late, but bring plenty of experience into the cage. Griffin holds notable victories over Urijah Faber, Clay Guida, and Manny Gamburyan, while Cavalcante was once ranked as the #1 lightweight in the world. He found success early in his career with the Japanese “Heroes” promotion, and has gone 1-1 since joining the World Series of Fighting. Griffin was victorious in his last outing, the first since being cut from the UFC roster, and will be making his WSOF promotional debut. While neither fighter is at his peak, this should turn out to be an exciting matchup.
Also on the card, exciting striker Marlon Moraes takes on promotional newcomer Brandon Hempleman. Moraes looked outstanding in his last match, defeating the highly touted Tyson Nam via head kick knockout in the first round, and is a perfect 2-0 with the promotion. Hempleman has shown a well-rounded game in his previous bouts, but looks to take a significant step up in competition against the dangerous Brazilian.
In one of the most intriguing matches of the evening, World Series of Fighting President and former kickboxing champion Ray Sefo will face off against Dave Huckaba. Sefo, 42-years old, has a storied career in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts, and competes for the first time within his own organization. He holds a 2-1 record in mixed martial arts, and suffered a first round submission loss in his last bout against Velentijn Overeem in 2011. Huckaba is a well-rounded veteran, and will likely look to take the match to the ground to avoid his boss’s striking proficiency.
The main card will kick off with an exciting fight between undefeated Nick Newell and once-defeated Keon Caldwell. Newell is best known for thee success he has earned despite having just one arm. A condition known as congenital amputation caused his left arm to end at the elbow joint, but this hasn’t prevented him from submitting 6 of his opponents. He enters the WSOF ranks with quite a bit of hype and curiosity surrounding him, and looks to maintain his perfect record in the sport. Caldwell is a dangerous fighter in his own right, earning a stoppage victory in each of his career wins.
Stay with us as we cover “World Series of Fighting 4”, live from Ontario, CA.