Ron Sparks (fighter)
November 23, 1974 |
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
|Other names||The Monster|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||119.7 kg (264 lb; 18.85 st)|
|Division||Heavyweight super heavyweight|
|Style||Black belt Karate
Kickboxing BJJ mix martial arts
|Rank||2 time world champion (RFL and AFL )|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Occupation||Owner, A-Ron Construction, Louisville KY|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Ron Sparks (born November 23, 1974) is an American mixed martial artist, who formerly competed in Bellator's Strikeforce K-1 King of the cage Revolution fight league American fight league Heavyweight division.
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Sparks was introduced to combat sports through his father, a Vietnam War veteran who also worked as a martial arts instructor in the military. Sparks himself began training when he was seven years old, before transitioning into kickboxing when he was a teenager and became a sparring partner for various local boxers and kickboxers. Sparks then embarked on his own career in kickboxing, before finally switching over to MMA. Sparks is also owner of a general contracting company, A-Ron Construction. A-Ron Construction is based in Louisville, Kentucky; servicing all aspects of home improvement needs.
Sparks made his professional MMA debut on June 17, 2006, defeating Heath Zimmerman via KO at Caged Inferno 2. Following this impressive win, Sparks would compile an undefeated record of 5-0 before being signed by Bellator MMA in June 2010.
Sparks made his Bellator debut in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky at Bellator 30, which he won by knockout after just 50 seconds. He then fought veteran Vince Lucero at Bellator 43 on May 7, 2011, which he won via first-round submission.
Sparks entered into the Bellator Season Five Heavyweight Tournament. In the opening round, he faced Mark Holata at Bellator 52 and won via knockout in the first round. Sparks then faced Eric Prindle in the semifinals and lost via knockout in the first round.
Sparks was released from Bellator on August 25, 2014.
Sparks was expected to face Josh Walker at Hardrock MMA 60 on February 1, 2014. However, in the weeks leading up to the event, the fight was taken off of the card for unknown reasons. Sparks was expected to face Jeremy May on September 20, 2014 at Square Ring Promotions: Island Fights 30. However, the fight was cancelled for unknown reasons.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|11 matches||8 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||8–3||Mighty Mo||Submission (americana)||Bellator 105||October 25, 2013||1||2:52||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||8–2||Vitaly Minakov||TKO (punches)||Bellator 96||June 19, 2013||1||0:32||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Summer Series 2013 Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Loss||8–1||Eric Prindle||KO (punch)||Bellator 56||October 29, 2011||1||0:40||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Bellator Season Five Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||8–0||Mark Holata||KO (punches)||Bellator 52||October 1, 2011||1||1:24||Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States||Bellator Season Five Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||7–0||Vince Lucero||Submission (keylock)||Bellator 43||May 7, 2011||1||2:18||Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||6–0||Gregory Maynard||KO (punch)||Bellator 30||September 23, 2010||1||0:50||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||5–0||Johnathan Ivey||Decision (unanimous)||RFL: Maximum Impact||June 27, 2009||4||5.00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||4–0||Geoffrey Meisner||TKO (punches)||Colosseo Championship Fighting||March 6, 2009||1||1:07||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||3–0||TC Shane||KO (punches)||Caged Inferno 3||September 30, 2006||1||0:36||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||2–0||Aaron Schenk||TKO (punches)||Clash in the Cage 1||July 29, 2006||1||0:24||Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||1–0||Heath Zimmerman||KO (punches)||Caged Inferno 2||June 17, 2006||1||0:17||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|0 wins, 1 loss|
|Loss||0-1||Alexey Ignashov||KO (right high kick)||K-1 ColliZion 2009 Final Elimination||October 24, 2009||2||2:15||Arad, Romania|
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest
- Denny, Mike. "Ron Sparks Exclusive Interview". MMA Sports. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- "Bellator signs undefeated heavyweight Ron Sparks to fight at Bellator 23 in Louisville". mmamania.com. June 15, 2010.
- http://www.bellator.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205564428&DB_OEM_ID=23600 Eight Heavyweights Invade Horseshoe Casino Hammond at Bellator 75 on October 5
- "Judo Master vs. Amazing Kickboxer". tapology.com. May 19, 2013.
- "Bellator releases Attila Vegh, Shahbulat Shamhalaev and eleven other fighters". mmafighting.com. August 25, 2014.
- "Ron Sparks vs. Josh Walker, cancelled bout". tapology.com. February 1, 2014.
- "Square Ring Promotions - Island Fights 30". sherdog.com.
- "Jeremy May vs. Ron Sparks". Tapology.com.