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Houston Alexander turnded down WSOF fight with Tyrone Spong

Fans tuning in to WSOF 1 this past weekend caught the debut of Tyrone Spong, an otherworldly kickboxer who has decided to give Mixed Martial Arts a go. Spong’s impact was immediate, both figuratively and literally, as the 27-year old lived up to the hype as one of the sport’s most intriguing prospects by blasting opponent Travis Bartlett in the opening round.

However, some fans were left wondering about the 7-3 Bartlett’s qualifications for the job considering his flabby appearance and lack of offense. In light of the criticism, WSOF matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz has come forward to explain Bartlett was not the company’s first choice but was who they came up with after a number of competitors the organization approached declined the opportunity to face Spong.

In a conversation with MMAWeekly, Abdel-Aziz confirmed Houston Alexander was among a group of seven fighters who passed on the fight.

Alexander made a name for himself in the UFC after knockout out Keith Jardine in less than a minute. Since then Alexander has struggled to find consistent success in the cage, experiencing a career resurgence of sorts with four straight wins between 2010-2011 before dropping a trio of consecutive tilts in his most recent appearances.


  • Lord Faust says:

    Actually, word has it that 7 other fighters turned down Spong before Barlett stepped up. So despite the fact Spong’s opponent was clearly out of his league, it seems like he was the only guy WSOF could find with a pair of balls.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Boo on me, I missed the part in the article that mentioned the other 6 guys. Sorry about that.

  • Creature says:

    Houston Alexander would have gotten destroyed in under 3 minutes.. Spong is a SCARY guy to fight at any weight and he showed it. I hope he get a couple more wins and we see him in the UFC within a year or so.. Spong vs Shogun, Machida, Moussasi, or Alexander Gus. would be amazing fights

  • Lord Faust says:

    I’d like to see him fight someone with decent wrestling, to see what he’s picked up. Dude’s definitely got some dangerous hands in MMA gloves.

  • Lord Faust says:

    And yes, Houston would have gotten his brains scrambled. I’d like to know who else said “no thanks”. If it’s a list of broken-down guys then it’s a little more understandable — especially given how it worked out for Barlett.

  • Creature says:

    Well you know Spong has got to be developing at least some decent TDD since hes working with guys like Rashad and AJ. If not hes got to be getting smothered every day in the gym


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