UnderGround Forums Tyron Spong sparring Rumble is pretty cool

Edited: 8/5/20 2:24 PM
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Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, in currently training at Henri Hooft's Hard Knocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale, for a return to the UFC, at heavyweight. In this old clip from when Hooft was head striking coach for the Blackzilians, Johnson is seen sparring Dutch-Surinamese Tyron Spong. Spong, who went 2-0 in MMA in 2013-2014 is best known for his kickboxing, but he fractured his leg in a loss 2014 to Gokhan Saki, and has been boxing since. He currently holds a 14-0 record as a boxer, with only bout going the distance.

8/5/20 2:18 PM
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That is excellent hard sparring imo.

Those two guys could go balls out and hammer at each other but it just shortens their careers.

The days of gym wars are long gone and guys who do that find they have less in the tank as time goes by.

8/5/20 2:25 PM
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Yah, I thought it was a terrific exhibition of what sparring should look like.

8/5/20 2:28 PM
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Spong is such an entertaining fighter. Cool to see them sparring hard. I would expect nothing less. I guess Rumble is coming back? 

8/5/20 4:33 PM
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They’re both scary strikers. Awesome video.

8/5/20 4:40 PM
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In that clip, I admit only Rumble looks scary to me in that he has the complete upper hand.

8/5/20 4:54 PM
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I'm not a fan of AJ the person, but his striking looks really good here.  Changes stance and fires very smoothly. Accurate/fast strikes, mixes it up.  Spong is the real deal so to look this good is not easy.

8/5/20 5:35 PM
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Looking real fast for a heavyweight

8/5/20 5:50 PM
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In that clip, I admit only Rumble looks scary to me in that he has the complete upper hand.

Lol did you not see Spong finish him?!

8/5/20 7:00 PM
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L8er 

8/5/20 7:55 PM
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People stayed clear of those two.  Great video; I was surprised at how smooth and technical AJ was.  He looks extremely fast for a HW.

8/5/20 8:21 PM
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In that clip, I admit only Rumble looks scary to me in that he has the complete upper hand.

Lol did you not see Spong finish him?!

In all fairness Johnson is a converted wrestler. Spong is a good as a pure striker as we get in mma right now at that weight so it’s no surprise if he “won” the spar

8/6/20 6:12 PM
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In that clip, I admit only Rumble looks scary to me in that he has the complete upper hand.

Lol did you not see Spong finish him?!

In all fairness Johnson is a converted wrestler. Spong is a good as a pure striker as we get in mma right now at that weight so it’s no surprise if he “won” the spar

Agreed.  No doubt AJ is great but Spong looked smooth as all hell.

8/6/20 6:20 PM
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anunaki -
JThomasufc91 -
Sprawl'n'Stall -

In that clip, I admit only Rumble looks scary to me in that he has the complete upper hand.

Lol did you not see Spong finish him?!

In all fairness Johnson is a converted wrestler. Spong is a good as a pure striker as we get in mma right now at that weight so it’s no surprise if he “won” the spar

His fight with Reem was bad ass. Spong had him hurt. I love watching his highlights.