The World Series of Fighting is set to have its fourth installment this Saturday, August 10th, in Ontario, California.
Tyrone Spong (1-0, 1-0 WSoF) vs. Angel DeAnda (11-2, 0-0 WSoF)
With a kickboxing record of 72-6-1, his intentions are clear: Spong will be looking for the knockout in this fight – a very likely result if DeAnda isn’t able to impose his game plan, which should be to drag Spong to the mat. Spong’s takedown defense should be much improved training with explosive wrestlers like Rashad Evans and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, which could result in a short night for DeAnda.
This will be the first WSoF card in America not headlined by a former UFC fighter, so we will learn the drawing power of Spong’s name. DeAnda should not pose too much of a threat to Spong, his only high-profile fight was a loss to James Irvin back in 2010. While Spong holds merely a 1-0 record, this match-up is widely considered uncompetitive in favor of the kickboxer.
Marlon Moraes (10-4-1, 2-0 WSoF) vs. Brandon Hempleman (9-1, 0-0 WSoF)
Moraes is another future star of World Series of Fighting after ruining the plans of Tyson Nam and Miguel Torres becoming the top guys in the promotion. Having defeated them at WSoF 1 & 2, he now looks to continue his path to stardom by defeating athletic, gritty fighter Brandon Hempleman.
Moraes showed excellent striking and timing against Nam, who began dropping his hands to catch leg-kicks and ended up eating a fight ending head-kick. Moraes will try to keep his momentum and end the fight early with his arsenal of striking. Hempleman has been known to drop his hands, something he will have to fix if he wants to make this fight competitive.
Ray Sefo (2-1, 0-0 WSoF) vs. Dave Huckaba (20-5, 0-0 WSoF)
Ray Sefo, the president of World Series of Fighting, only holds a 2-1 record in MMA, but has been competing in combat sport (mostly K-1) for almost 20 years. Sefo has won multiple world titles, fought many world renowned kickboxers, and is a legend in the kickboxing community. He expressed his intentions to compete in another MMA fight and announced he would be fighting Dave Huckaba.
Huckaba is an ideal opponent for Sefo, as he loves to let his hands go – which will be perfect for Sefo to find the knockout and entertain the fans that came to watch his organization. Huckaba may still look to close the distance on Sefo, who won’t learn much grappling overnight. However, don’t be surprised if they both indulge in some “standing and banging.”
Gesias Cavalcante (17-7-1, 1-1 WSoF) vs. Tyson Griffin (16-6, 0-0 WSoF)
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante, formerly heralded as one of the best lightweights in the world, has not had the same level of success in the last two years as in years prior. Griffin has also lost his former glory, as a rough stint in the UFC resulted in him being released from the promotion. Both fighters are out to get back to where they once were.
After being released from the UFC, Griffin took a year off fighting and came back last November, defeating former UFC fighter Efrain Escudero by unanimous decision. Known for his cardio and wrestling skills, which will more than likely be his keys to victory in this fight, Griffin will likely want to wear JZ down and grind out a decision. Cavalcante of the Blackzilians will want to finish Griffin. Since his knee surgery back in 2009, the pace of JZ has slowed. The longer this fight goes on, the further his chances at victory slip away.
Keon Caldwell (9-1, 0-0 WSoF) vs. Nick Newell (9-0, 0-0 WSoF)
Nick Newell from American Top Team, who has made waves in the MMA community as a one-handed fighter, has maintained a nine-fight undefeated streak, earning himself the XFC belt. Caldwell appears to be a stepping stone for the popular Newell.
Newell has finished all but one of his opponents inside of the first round. With his southpaw stance, he utilizes knees and kicks very effectively, and while he cannot land punches with his left, Newell is very good at using both his arms in grappling exchanges, earning six of his nine wins by submission. Caldwell is not very well known in the MMA world aside from a stint on TUF, where he left the show to be with his hospitalized daughter, though he has finished all nine of his wins, eight of them by knockout.
Winning this fight under the WSoF banner will hopefully shift discussion from Newell being a good PR story to being a legitimate contender in mixed martial arts.