On Aug. 10, World Series of Fighting journeyed to the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., to host the fourth event of the promotion’s history.

The main event of the evening featured Dutch kickboxer Tyrone Spong making his sophomore outing inside the mixed martial arts cage to take on Angel “The Dream” DeAnda, who came into Saturday with 10 knockout victories. Who would come out on top in this barnburner light heavyweight battle?

Another four bouts took place on the NBC Sports Network main card, featuring a bantamweight contest between Brandon “Hot Rod” Hempleman and winner of his previous two fights in WSOF Marlon Moraes, Dave Huckaba vs. WSOF President Ray Sefo, Keon Caldwell squaring off with the undefeated “Notorious” Nick Newell, and a 155-pound match-up between Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante and former UFC lightweight competitor Tyson Griffin.

Five preliminary card fights were broadcast online, which began at 7 p.m. ET, with the main card kicking off at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Spong decisions DeAnda

In the main event, feared strikers Angel DeAnda and Tyrone Spong went to battle in a three-round light heavyweight duel.

DeAnda found success early in round one with counter strikes, while Spong didn’t appear on point until later in the frame. Spong was patient, showing respect for his opponent, but did land several leg kicks to the thigh of DeAnda. DeAnda didn’t show any sign of backing down, and finished round one with a better overall striking success than Spong.

Spong came out with a strong leg kick, which forced DeAnda down to one knee. The kickboxer was much more aggressive with his attacks in round two, still focusing on the leg kicks. DeAnda shot in for two takedowns, but both were shook off by Spong. DeAnda would not back down whatsoever, and had his own share of strikes in the final minutes of the round.

Spong continued to have an edge as the third round began, but DeAnda wasn’t out of the woods by no means. Spong picked his shots, not going guns blazing, and it payed off for him.

Moraes batters Hempleman to earn decision

The co-main event featured a bantamweight scrap featuring Brandon Hempleman and Marlon Moraes.

Both men traded head kick attempts early in round one, and showcased a quick pace. Moraes cut the forehead of Hempleman, and continued his attack with a flurry of punches on the ground after rocking his opponent. Blood quickly covered the face of Hempleman, but after stopping the action to check to see if it was affecting his vision, the doctor allowed the fight to continue.

Moraes opened up round two by battering the lead leg of Hempleman, which allowed him to take the fight to the mat again. After a stand up by the referee, Moraes continued to land with leg kicks, forcing Hempleman to hobble on one leg. Hempleman changed his stance, which allowed him to get out of the round.

In the final five minutes, Moraes looked to target the battered leg, but could not land on it due to Hempleman switching to southpaw stance. Instead, Moraes went up high and to the body with kicks and played it safe in the final minute.

Newell keeps undefeated record in tact with submission over Caldwell

In a lightweight match-up, undefeated Nick Newell and Keon Caldwell stepped into the WSOF cage for the first time.

Both men were exchanged from the start of round one, and made for a fast-paced five minutes. Newell closed the distance by pressing forward, and earned a takedown. From there, “Notorious” locked up a guillotine choke to force Caldwell to tap out.

After the fight, a member of the Wounded Warrior Project gave Newell an American flag, giving thanks to the one-armed fighter for an inspiration to all.

Huckaba TKOs WSOF President Sefo

WSOF President Ray Sefo returned to the cage, this time with his own promotion, to take on Dave Huckaba.

The two heavyweight felt one another out in the early portion of round one until Sefo came forward with his kickboxing game to batter the leg of Huckaba. Huckaba pressed Sefo against the cage, but Sefo powered through to take his opponent to the ground and into side control.

Sefo opened round two with a spinning back kick to the mid-section of Huckaba. Huckaba came forward more in the frame, landing punches as Sefo urged him on. The pace slowed throughout the final minute, until Sefo threw a spinning head kick. However, it missed and allowed Huckaba to swarn with punches, backing Sefo against the cage. After eating multiple shots, the referee stepped in to save Sefo from further damage.

Cavalcante stops Griffin in round three

To kick off the NBC Sports Network main card, veteran lightweights Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante and Tyson Griffin faced off.

Round one very competitive, with neither fighter holding a clear advantage. Griffin landed many legs kicks, and shot in for a takedown to end the round. It concluded with a guillotine attempt from Cavalcante as the horn sounded.

Cavalcante came out aggressive to begin the second round, and took Griffin to the mat. “JZ” landed a couple knees to the body, but did not work in top position to force the referee to stand them up. Cavalcante was much more effective in the striking department, but Griffin fired back with shots of his own. Another tough round for the judges to score.

In the final round, Cavalcante gained dominant position, flattening Griffin on his stomach to land soft punches. The referee stopped the fight due to Griffin not defending, giving “JZ” the TKO victory.

Preliminary Card Summary

The final prelim of the evening featured two veteran welterweights as Gerald Harris took on Jorge Santiago. Santiago was deducted a point in the first round by holding on to the top of the cage, but it would not matter as Harris won the final two rounds, earning the nod by unanimous decision.

Lewis Gonzalez and Antonio McKee squared off in a lightweight contest, which ended by technical decision in favor of Gonzalez. In the third round, Gonzalez landed an elbow to the back of McKee’s head, which caused the referee and doctor to stop the fight. The fight then went to the scorecards considering it was halfway over, and all three judges scored the fight 29-28 for Gonzalez.

Former UFC competitor Jared Papazian made his debut inside the World Series of Fighting cage, taking on John Robles. After three rounds of fighting, the striking was Papazian was able to give him the victory by unanimous decision as Robles was unable to counter punch.

In the first bout of the evening, 43-year-old veteran Victor Valenzuela submitted Isaac Gutierrez in the second round by rear-naked choke, putting his record at 13-6-2. “Joe Boxer” wore down Gutierrez with punches on the ground, then found an opening to lock up a choke to force his opponent to tap.


Tyrone Spong def. Angel DeAnda by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Marlon Moraes def. Brandon Hempleman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Nick Newell def. Keon Caldwell by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 2:07
Dave Huckaba def. Ray Sefo by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:32
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante def. Tyson Griffin by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 1:37
Gerald Harris def. Jorge Santiago by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Lewis Gonzalez def. Antonio McKee by unanimous technical decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jared Papazian def. John Robles by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Victor Valenzuela def. Isaac Gutierrez by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 2:41

*A fight between Lew Polley and Hans Stringer was removed from the card after Polley missed weight by a significant margin. Stringer was paid his show money.

Photo: Tyrone Spong (white trunks) vs. Travis Bartlett (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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