001_Tyrone_SpongKickboxing star and MMA fighter Tyrone Spong was expected to fight in the World Series of Fighting 3 co-main event against Angel Deanda on June 14, but elected to withdraw from the card citing not enough time to prepare for his second MMA fight.

Instead, the prolific striker will compete in the one-night, single-elimination Glory 9: New York tournament on June 22 at the Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City.

“We are excited to enter Tyrone into this historic, first GLORY championship series event in the U.S. that will determine who is physically and mentally the top athlete in kickboxing’s light heavyweight division,” said Glory Sports International CEO Andrew Whitaker.

“Tyrone’s recent performances in the ring have distinguished him as one of the best and most powerful martial arts fighters in the world, who can showcase our great sport at its highest level,” continued Whitaker. “So we look forward to seeing him compete against the other superstars who have been enlisted for action in the tournament.”

Spong made his mixed martial arts debut at WSOF 1 in November 2012, knocking out Travis Bartnett in the first round.  He plans to compete in both kickboxing and MMA, and has also stated that he expects to make his professional boxing debut in the near future.

Spong last competed on March 23 at Glory 5: London against kickboxing legend Remy Bonjasky.  He defeated Bonjasky by knockout in the second round.

Spong’s next MMA fight is yet to be determined, but he remains under contract with WSOF.

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