Tyrone Spong has been one of the three names being tossed around as a fighter leaving the sport of Kickboxing in their rear view to pursue another sport. The other two are of course Badr Hari and Gokhan Saki who have lofty goals to move into the Heavyweight Boxing arena and make a huge impact. What actually happens is yet-to-be-seen, but for now there is no doubt what their intentions are. MMANation.com's Matt Roth went to UFC 136 and proves why it is nice for a friend and kickboxing fan to be at a big combat sports event like this, as he not only recognizes who Tyrone Spong is and interviews him, but asks him the right questions that people actually want to know about.
There are a few things here, first is his pretty frank assessment of Saki and Badr's chances in Boxing, then is his talk of moving on to MMA and how the fight with Melvin Manhoef in It's Showtime could also be Tyrone's Kickboxing swan song. Then of course, the World Grand Prix. Tyrone has long been rumored to be on the card, but it seems as of the UFC 136 Fan Expo Tyrone Spong is still owed money by FEG and isn't planning on fighting. It should also be noted that Tyrone recently had surgery on his knee and has been healing up, which could also play a big factor in his ability to fight in a few weeks, although he hasn't been talking about it much. [source]
Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.
His second novel, Terminus Cycle, launches on March 24th.