Slated for the live, five-fight NBC Sports Network telecast of the World Series of Fighting event is a light heavyweight showdown between world kickboxing champion turned unbeaten MMA upstart Tyrone “King of the Ring” Spong (1-0) and fellow hard-hitting KO artist Angel “The Dream” DeAnda (11-2).
The 27-year-old Spong is a veteran of 77 professional kickboxing bouts while DeAnda has scored (T)KOs in 10 of his 11 career MMA victories, including his last four.
Marlon Moraes (10-4) will battle fellow streaking bantamweight Brandon “Hot Rod” Hempleman (9-1). The 25-year-old Moraes is coming off his fourth consecutive victory – a stunning first round knockout of rival star Tyson Nam by way of head kick at the World Series of Fighting event on March 23. Hempleman is a riding a six-fight winning streak.
In other main card action, World Series of Fighting President and six-time world kickboxing champion Ray Sefo (2-1) will shed his business attire and put on his fighting trunks and combat gloves to face heavy-handed knockout artist Dave Huckaba (20-5).
Sefo, also a two-time Hall of Famer, has faced and defeated nearly every major rival of his era in the kickboxing ring, while Huckaba, a dangerous and seasoned power puncher, has earned 16 of his 20 career victories by way of (T)KO.
“This will be, without a doubt, our finest event to date in terms of the talent lined up from top to bottom,” said Sefo. “As a promoter, I am extremely proud of this fight card that our company has assembled for our fourth live event and, as a fighter who still has the burning desire to compete, I am naturally excited to have the opportunity to step in the cage and show what I can do in there against a seasoned opponent.”
In other main card action, Tyson Griffin (16-6) will face off with fellow lightweight star J.Z. Cavalcante (17-7-1).
Newly signed, undefeated fighter “Notorious” Nick Newell (9-0) will square off against Keon “The Black Assassin” Caldwell (9-1) in another lightweight scrap.
Newell has scored finishes in eight of his nine career wins while, similarly, Caldwell has notched eight of his nine career victories by way of (T)KO.
In preliminary card action, welterweight (170 pounds) stars Jorge Santiago (25-11) and Gerald “Hurricane” Harris (21-5) of Tulsa, Okla. will collide.
Additional preliminary card bouts are expected to be announced soon. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, June 21 at www.axs.com, Citizens Business Bank Arena box office, and charge-by-phone at 888-929-7849.