World Series of Fighting 4 is in the books from the Citizen’s Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., and the card delivered some great fights, with everything from knockouts to bloody slugfests. In the main event of the evening, decorated kickboxer and Blackzilian Tyrone Spong locked horns with Angel DeAnda. DeAnda actually appeared to have the striking edge early on, but Spong quickly turned the tables with some absolutely lethal low kicks. DeAnda began to noticeably slow down with a limp.
In the second, Spong added some good knees to the kicks, and successfully defended several takedown attempts. However, DeAnda kept throwing combinations, and landed some good punches of his own. Spong dropped DeAnda with some more low kicks but wasn’t able to earn the stoppage. He’ll return to Florida with a 2-0 record and a new opportunity to progress as an MMA fighter.
Marlon Moraes and Brandon Hempleman met at bantamweight in the evening co-main event. The fight started off with a fast pace, with both fighters landing some precise shots. Moraes floored his opponent with a hard right hand and followed with punches on the ground, leaving Hempleman’s face a bloody mess.
He continued to bleed in the second, and even fought on with a noticeable limp from the brutal low kicks of Moraes. The last round was tamer, but Moraes still landed some clean shots to earn the unanimous decision victory in a precise, crisp performance. Credit has to be given to Hempleman for surviving his opponent’s onslaught.
Nick Newell looked to further his undefeated record against the 9-1 Keon Caldwell at lightweight. Both fighters came out looking to strike early until the fight got pressed against the cage. Newell earned a few slick takedowns, and transitioned his last one into a nice guillotine choke on the ground for the win. A very impressive effort for the still undefeated Newell.
WSOF President Ray Sefo stepped into his own cage to fight Dave Huckaba, and the bout began with the two fighters looking to find their timing. Sefo threw some hard shots and leg kicks before gaining side control on the ground. In the second, both fighters threw and ate a ton of shots, with Huckaba scoring some great elbows. Sefo missed with a wild high kick, and Huckaba capitalized with a vicious flurry, earning the TKO stoppage.
Tyson Griffin and JZ Cavalcante met in a battle of highly experienced lightweights. The first round was largely a chess match of striking, with neither combatant holding a decided edge. Griffin may have won it with a takedown as the bell sounded. The second began much faster, and Cavalcante shucked a takedown to land some knees on the ground.
A restart saw Cavalcante land a good high kick and right hand. The two sluggers went to war for the rest of the round. The final frame saw Cavalcante land a takedown, eventually mounting Griffin’s back to reign down shots, earning a TKO stoppage to a great fight.
WSOF 4 Full Results:
Tyrone Spong def. Angel DeAnda via unanimous decision
Marlon Moraes def. Brandon Hempleman via unanimous decision
Nick Newell def. Keon Caldwell via R1 submission (guillotine)
Dave Huckaba def. Ray Sefo via R2 TKO (punches)
JZ Cavalcante def. Tyson Griffin via R3 TKO (strikes)
Gerald Harris def. Jorge Santiago via unanimous decision
Lewis Gonzalez def. Antonio McKee via unanimous decision
Jared Papazian def. John Robles via unanimous decision
Victor Valenzuela def. Isaac Gutierrez via R2 submission (rear naked choke)