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11/5/12 11:13 PM
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Some have criticized the fight as mismatched despite Spong having no actual MMA experience (he did have over 100 kickboxing bouts however). In reality, any fighter with more than a 0-0 record in MMA would have been a likely candidate for Spong in his debut, but Bartlett was the man who accepted after seven other, more experience candidates said “no thanks” when approached with the offer to face the Dutch striker.

World Series of Fighting vice president and matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed with MMAWeekly.com that seven different opponents were approached and offered the fight with Spong, and all seven turned down the opportunity until Bartlett was the one who finally said yes.

One name that was confirmed among the list was former UFC light heavyweight Houston Alexander, and Abdel-Aziz said several other recognizable names made up the list of fighters who didn’t want to be Spong’s first test inside the cage.

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11/5/12 11:15 PM
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I bet the next 7 will, too!

 

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11/5/12 11:19 PM
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Would love to see the list of names. Phone Post
11/5/12 11:23 PM
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I really don't blame any of those seven fighters Phone Post
11/5/12 11:30 PM
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Brock Lobster - I really don't blame any of those seven fighters Phone Post
You would also have to consider whoever was offered the fight probably wasn't offered much $$$ Phone Post
11/5/12 11:32 PM
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I was one screaming and tweeting mismatch after watching that fight, it was pretty clear from the get go.

Once I realized 7 guys turned down the fight, including Houston Alexander, it made more sense.

Tyrone Sprong had a ton of hype going into this fight and I cannot wait to see him go again.

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11/5/12 11:35 PM
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Pretty much all guys who become top fighters start out fighting people who are totally overmatched. We just happen to know who Spong is already Phone Post
11/5/12 11:39 PM
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Houston knocked out Jardine, he isn't afraid of Spong.
11/5/12 11:45 PM
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All I know is that I give mad props to Bartlett for stepping up like a warrior. Sure he was overmatched, but he fought Spong regardless. That's a real fighter imo. Phone Post
11/5/12 11:48 PM
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If Houston couldn't handle kimbo, he sure as hell couldn't handle spong. Phone Post
11/5/12 11:48 PM
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Brock Lobster - I really don't blame any of those seven fighters Phone Post
You would also have to consider whoever was offered the fight probably wasn't offered much $$$ Phone Post
Ya that's one of the reasons I thought this. Fight arguably one of the top 10 kickboxers of all time with 4 oz gloves for a couple grand and a guarnteed L on your record.No thanks. Phone Post
11/5/12 11:56 PM
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I would too for a pathetic 4 grand
11/6/12 12:04 AM
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Maybe I'm just cheap but I'd take 4 grand for Spong to hit me a few times until I'm unconscious lol Phone Post
11/6/12 12:06 AM
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it was his 1st mma fight relax

Bartlett was the right guy for the fight wsof wants to build spong up

11/6/12 12:24 AM
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Fuck fighting spong Phone Post
11/6/12 12:40 AM
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i wonder if they asked any grapplers
11/6/12 12:46 AM
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I wouldn't fight Spong for his MMA debut, props to Bartlett for taking the offer.

11/6/12 1:07 AM
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4 Grand to try my hardest to take him down until i looked like hamburger? deal. call me up. Phone Post
11/6/12 1:41 AM
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Spong's a beast, I can't blame them! :)


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11/6/12 1:48 AM
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John 1 - Houston knocked out Jardine, he isn't afraid of Spong.

I doubt Houston wants any part of Spong now or in the future.
11/6/12 1:50 AM
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Chael says he accepted the fight... Phone Post
11/6/12 2:11 AM
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these guys need to have more faith in themselves... Must repeat over and over, " There is no Spong!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/6/12 4:11 AM
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pegson123 - I would too for a pathetic 4 grand
I'd get knocked out for 4 g's Phone Post
11/6/12 5:26 AM
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pegson123 - I would too for a pathetic 4 grand
I'd get knocked out for 4 g's Phone Post

Is it bad that I wouldn't? Not sure if the 4g would cover the physical therapy, dental work, chiropractic, rape clinic, etc.
11/6/12 5:33 AM
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JetSetter - Chael says he accepted the fight... Phone Post
On thirteen seconds' notice.

Arthur Jones also accepted this fight Phone Post
Arthur jones gets ktfo easily Phone Post

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