“This fight is going to be way different than the last guy, and (Spong is) going to know that in 10 seconds,” DeAnda told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “That last guy was just a duck, man.”
WSOF 4 takes place Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. The event’s main card, including DeAnda (11-2) vs. Spong (1-0) in the main event, airs live on NBC Sports Network. Prelims stream on MMAjunkie.com.
Spong, a decorated kickboxer in K-1, transitioned to MMA this past fall at World Series of Fighting’s inaugural event and obliterated his first opponent, Travis Bartlett, who appeared from the outset to be vastly outmatched.
Bartlett was a pedestrian 5-3 when he faced Spong. DeAnda is 11-2, though he shares a characteristic with Spong’s previous opponent in that several of his wins are against opponents with losing records.
Most MMA observers believe DeAnda is nothing more than a building block for Spong’s MMA career, which has intertwined with kickboxing bouts overseas. But DeAnda is OK with that.
“That’s their opinion,” he said. “I’m confident in my standup, and what better way to prove my standup than knocking out a great fighter.”
DeAnda, who lives in Modesto, Calif., said he’s not only capable of ending the fight with his fists, but on the ground.
“My grappling is pretty legit, but I’m a big guy, and it’s kind of harder for big guys to move on the ground,” he said.
Currently a purple belt in jiu-jitsu, DeAnda trains at Last Stand Fight Team with UFC bantamweight standout Michael McDonald.
“If (Spong) can’t handle my power, I see it going down to the ground, and me submitting him,” he said. “Or me knocking him out – or I see him knocking me out. There’s all kinds of things going through my mind.”
And on Saturday, he’ll see if any of the scenarios he’s envisioned come to pass.
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