|Born||Tyrone Clinton Spong
September 3, 1985
|Other names||King of the Ring|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||94.7 kg (209 lb; 14 st 13 lb)|
Light Heavyweight (205 lb) (MMA)
|Reach||74.5 in (189 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Kickboxing|
|Fighting out of||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Team||Team Mr. Perfect
Fighting Factory Carbin
Jaco Hybrid Training Center (Blackzilians)
|Years active||2001–present (Kickboxing)
|Mixed martial arts record|
Tyrone Clinton Spong (born September 3, 1985) is a Surinamese-Dutch kickboxer and mixed martial artist. He is the reigning WFCA Cruiserweight Muay Thai champion, current Glory 95kg Slam Champion and former It's Showtime 95MAX World champion, fighting out of Fighting Factory Carbin in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
As of January 2013, Spong is ranked the #6 heavyweight in the world by LiverKick.com.
Tyrone Spong was born in Suriname. In 1990 at the age of 5, he moved to the Netherlands with his family. Growing up in the Bijlmer, he was often involved in street fighting and began training in kickboxing at thirteen when he found a gym by coincidence. After getting his "ass whooped" in his first day of training, he was motivated to improve. He had his first match at fifteen and won by first round knockout. Some of his early sparring partners included Alistair and Valentijn Overeem, and Gilbert Yvel.
In 2003, his first year as a pro, he made his mark winning 12 fights that year. In 2004, he fought against Rafi Zouheir at the Battle of Zaandam and won his first European Muay Thai Title (WKN). In 2004 Spong also visited Japan to compete in Shootboxing where he lost to Ryuji Goto. Goto suplexed him in the final seconds of the fight to earn a well-received unanimous decision. His next fight in April 2005, was against Belgian Mohammed Ouali for another European Title (WPKL). Spong won the fight by unanimous decision.
In December, 2005 at the A-1 Combat Cup in Duisburg, after three consecutive KO's in one night, Tyrone Spong won his first tournament Championship.
In 2006 Spong had two his biggest victories of his young career, KO wins over Muay Thai veteran Joerie Mes and two weeks later knocking out K-1 superstar Kaoklai Kaennorsing from Thailand in a first round.
On March 28, 2009, Spong participated in the first ever K-1 Heavyweight (-100 kg) Title tournament, held in Yokohama, Japan. He was beaten by Gokhan Saki in semifinals by right hook KO of the extra round.
Spong finally met rival Nathan Corbett at Champions of Champions II in what was widely considered a battle between the two best Muay Thai fighters in the world at their weight class for the W.M.C. world title -93 kg. The fight was a close affair with Spong knocking Corbett down on the second round only for it to end with a controversial decision. In the third round Corbett managed to knock Spong out with a huge right hook causing the referee to stop the fight. However, due to the referee's misleading hand signals, Corbett rushed back in to knock Spong down once more, not sure that the fight had been stopped. After considerable confusion the fight was declared a no contest instead of a Corbett KO win.
After defeating the Worlds heavyweight champion, Kyotaro he fought Jerome Le Banner in April 2010. Similar to the Nathan Corbett fight Spong broke his right hand in the first round and was knocked down. Despite coming back strongly he lost by decision. At the end of the year he qualified for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final, defeating veteran Ray Sefo in an elimination match, only to lose to eventual winner Alistair Overeem at the quarter final stage in what was a more competitive fight than most initial thought - as Overeem was much the bigger fighter. At the start of 2011, Spong had to vacate the It's Showtime 95MAX world title due to a number of issues such as not having had a title defense in the allocated two years and his management stating that he had moved up in weight to fight as a heavyweight.
Spong returned to 95kg to fight in the Glory 9: New York - 2013 95kg Slam in New York City, New York, United States on June 22, 2013. He had a scare in the quarter-finals when he was dropped by Michael Duut immediately as their bout started, although it was not counted by the referee. Just moments after returning to his feet, he landed a crushing right hand on Duut, sending him crashing to the canvas and ensuring his passage to the semis against Filip Verlinden. It was a technical battle this time, with Spong outpointing the Belgian and taking a unanimous decision. A match with Danyo Ilunga awaited him in the final but it ended in a controversial and anticlimactic fashion. As the fight began, both fighters met in the center of the ring and Spong unloaded a flurry of punches. As Ilunga covered up and prepared to counter, referee Mufadel Elghazaoui jumped in and stopped the fight, giving Spong the TKO win at just sixteen seconds of the first round. Although, it was later revealed that there was a "no standing eight count" rule in effect at the event as per the New York State Athletic Commission's regulations, the stoppage was still deemed premature by much of the kickboxing community.
He twice dropped Nathan Corbett with left hooks, winning by second round TKO in their long-awaited rematch at Glory 11: Chicago - Heavyweight World Championship Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States on October 12, 2013.
Competing for the inaugural Glory Light Heavyweight Championship, he fought in the Glory 15: Istanbul - Light Heavyweight World Championship Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey on April 12, 2014. After defeating Saulo Cavalari via unanimous decision in the semi-finls, he then faced Gökhan Saki in a highly-anticipated rematch in the final. Midway through the opening round, Spong threw a kick to Saki's left leg. Saki checked the kick, causing Spong's lower right leg to fracture immediately and end the fight via TKO.
Spong underwent surgery to repair his broken leg and should return to training in October of 2014.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
World Series of Fighting
Spong made his highly anticipated MMA debut against Travis Bartlett at World Series of Fighting 1 on November 3, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada in the light heavyweight (205 lb) division. For his MMA debut he trained with the Blackzilians for over a year with such fighters as K-1 World Grand Prix winner and former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and former UFC light heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort. Spong knocked out Bartlett at 3:15 of the first round with a straight right.
- 2014 Glory Light Heavyweight World Championship Tournament Runner-up
- 2013 Liver Kick.com Fighter of the Year
- 2013 Glory 95kg Slam Champion
- 2008 1st It's Showtime World 95MAX champion (Defense: 0)
- 2008 World Full Contact Association (W.F.C.A.) Thaiboxing World Cruiserweight champion (Defense: 1)
- 2008 KO World Series '08 Oceania winner
- 2007 1st SLAMM Events 79 kg class champion (Defense: 0)
- 2005 A1 World League winner
- 2005 W.P.K.L. European Middleweight champion (Defense: 0)
- 2004 World Kickboxing Network (W.K.N.) Thaiboxing European Middleweight champion (Defense: 0)
- M.T.B.N. Muay Thai Dutch Junior class -66 kg class champion (Defense: 0)
Spong is married with three children. He is an avid lover of animals, as is evidenced by the majority of his tattoos. He is the owner of several pit bull terriers, which he bred himself. Spong has trained in America with Floyd Mayweather Sr. He is friends with mixed martial artists Rashad Evans, Alistair Overeem, Muhammed Lawal and Rodney Glunder. He has helped all of them prepare for some of their fights. Spong trains his physical conditioning at the ReAT Sports athletic performance facility in Amsterdam, under the Strength & Conditioning specialist Rayen Bindraban.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|2 matches||2 wins||0 losses|
|Win||2–0||Angel DeAnda||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 4||August 10, 2013||3||5:00||Ontario, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Travis Bartlett||KO (punch)||WSOF 1||November 3, 2012||1||3:15||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||MMA debut|
74 Wins (47 (T)KO's, 27 decisions), 7 Losses (4 (T)KO's, 3 decisions), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
- LiverKick.com Heavyweight Rankings: January 2013
- Tyrone Spong Plans to Add Pro Boxing to His Combat Sports Schedule
- Tyrone Spong: Gilbert Yvel Could Have Been One of the Best Ever
- Dipietro, Monty. "Maeda Takes K-1 Heavyweight Belt; Bonjasky Beats Overeem". K-1 Grand Prix Website. Retrieved 2009-03-28.
- "IT’S SHOWTIME world title 95kg max vacant". www.itsshowtime.nl. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- Tyrone Spong vs. Remy Bonjasky on Feb. 16th in London
- GLORY 5 London: Tyrone Spong vs. Remy Bonjasky Announced For Feb. 16
- GLORY 5 London: Bonjasky vs. Spong Event Pushed Back Until March
- GLORY 5 London Finalized Fight Card, This Saturday March 23
- GLORY 5 London Live Results
- Results and Recap: Glory 5
- GLORY 5 London Live Results
- Results and Recap: Glory 5
- More Details Announced For GLORY 9 NYC LHW Tournament, June 22
- Full Glory 9 NYC Fight Card So Far
- Tyrone Spong Knocks Michael Duut Out in Dramatic Fashion
- Glory 9 Results and Recap: Tyrone Spong Wins Light Heavyweight Tournament
- GLORY 9 Results and Review: Tyrone Spong Wins Light Heavyweight Tournament, Ghita Dominates Guidon
- GLORY 9 New York Live Results and Updates
- Tyrone Spong Wins Glory 9 Light Heavyweight Slam with 16-Second TKO in Final
- Tyrone Spong Wins GLORY 9 Light Heavyweight
- GLORY 11 Main Event Confirmed as Corbett vs. Spong
- Tyrone Spong vs. Nathan Corbett and more confirmed for Glory 11 in Chicago
- GLORY 11 Chicago Live Results and Discussion
- Glory 11 Results and Recap
- Tyrone Spong Flattens Nathan Corbett in Technical Fight
- Tyrone Spong suffers brutal leg break in GLORY 15 tourney final
- Glory 15 Results and Recap
- GLORY 15 Results/Pictures: Saki wins title, Spong suffers horrific leg injury
- Dave Walsh (April 14, 2014). "Tyrone Spong Releases Statement Post-Surgery". mmanuts.com. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
- "Six fights confirmed for WSOF 4, While Anthony Johnson and Mike Kyle are set for WSOF 5". Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- LiverKick Best of 2013: Fighter of the Year