World Series of Fighting 4 airs live from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, broadcasting on NBC Sports Network at 7:30 PM (PT)/ 10:30 PM (ET). Check out our live event coverage below.
WSOF 4 Main Card
Gesias Cavalcante v. Tyson Griffin
UFC veteran Tyson Griffin took on Strikeforce and K-1 veteran Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante to open up the main card. The two opted not to touch gloves, immediately exchanging striking combinations in an aggressive, back and forth match. The referee was needed to separate the fighters following the first round, as Cavalcante decided to hold a headlock well beyond the bell. They split the first two rounds between them, but it was ultimately Cavalcante that found his opening with a takedown in the third. He was able to transition to mount, and the referee stepped in for a relatively early stoppage due to strikes. Griffin tried to plead his case, but “JZ” Cavalcante improves to 3-1 in his World Series of Fighting career.
Winner: Gesias Cavalcante, 3rd Round Technical Knockout
Ray Sefo v. Dave Huckaba
World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo became the first major promotor to compete on his own fight card, squaring off against fellow veteran Dave Huckaba. The 42-year old Sefo’s striking looked sharp, as he utilized punch and kick combinations to batter his opponent early on. The taller Huckaba found success in the second round when was able to press his employer up against the cage, but was countered with powerful leg kicks each time they broke from the clinch. One opening was all he needed to put his boss away, as Sefo nearly missed on a high kick and left himself vulnerable to a flurry of strikes. The referee mercifully stepped in before Sefo took an unnecessary amount of punishment, and Huckaba moves to 21-5 in his WSOF debut.
Winner: Dave Huckaba, 2nd Round Technical Knockout
Keon Caldwell v. Nick Newell
Nick Newell looked spectacular in his anticipated promotional debut, becoming one of the first disabled fighters since Matt Hamill to earn a victory in a major promotion. He was born with a condition known as congenital amputation, causing his left arm to stop developing at the elbow joint. Even with one hand, Newell was successful in both high school and college wrestling. Caldwell had an impressive 9-1 record entering the bout, but the undefeated Newell took him down with ease and forced the tap. He expertly slipped his left arm under the chin of his opponent, and picked up his seventh professional win by submission. Newell still has UFC aspirations, and has the potential to raise his stock if he continues to win impressively.
Winner: Nick Newell, 1st Round Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Marlon Moraes v. Brandon Hempleman
Hempleman was thrown into the deep end in his co-main event promotional debut. Brazilian bantamweight Marlon Moraes earned an impressive knockout win over highly touted Tyson Nam in his last bout, and continued his momentum with another impressive performance this evening. Hempleman entered the World Series of Fighting on a six-fight winning streak, but the increase in difficulty he faced was in Moraes was significant. He was cut badly over the eye during a bloody exchange in the first round, and Moraes picked both of his legs apart with precise leg kicks throughout the fight. Hempleman showed tremendous heart in his ability to take punishment, but never put Moraes in any real danger.The Brazilian improved to 3-0 within the promotion, and stakes his claim as a true top-10 bantamweight in the world.
Winner: Marlon Moraes, 3rd Round Unanimous Decision
Tyrone Spong v. Angel DeAnda
Tyrone Spong made just his second appearance in mixed martial arts, competing in the main event of the evening against the powerful brawler Angel DeAnda. Spong returned to MMA fresh off of winning the Glory 10 light heavyweight tournament title, and his high level kickboxing was once again on display. DeAnda promised before the fight that he would stand and trade with his decorated opponent, and while he continued to move forward throughout the night he was brutalized by thudding leg kicks. He displayed a great deal of toughness and durability in refusing to be put away, but Spong’s striking was on an entirely different level. The multiple time striking champion remains perfect in his MMA career, and will next compete in kickboxing at Glory 11 on October 12, 2013.
Winner: Tyrone Spong, 3rd Round Unanimous Decision