My Take On WSOF 4
I had the opportunity to sit cageside at this event, and boy, I was very pleased with what I saw. As you can see, I am writing this article four days after the event because I didn’t want to write on pure emotion. In the past I have been vocal, and critical of the World Series of Fighting promotion. Yes, I know its a young promotion, but when big names are signed with them, I expected better. This past Saturday night made me re-evaluate my thoughts.
The preliminary fights hadn’t even started and the arena was already buzzing and 70-75% was filled to capacity. I don’t know how well it translated on television, but being there live sure made me glad to be there. Once the fights got under way they didn’t disappoint either.
All the fights, minus one or two of them were great ones. It was a night that saw the WSOF debut of Nick Newell, the former XFC Lightweight champion and Ray Sefo, president of WSOF, step into the cage. Highly touted star Tyrone Spong was the main event of the night. The step up in competition didn’t seem to faze Newell as he came out victorious with a first round submission. Sefo, unfortunately was on the losing end of a TKO against his opponent. And Spong walked away with a Unanimous decison victory, along with a Boost Mobile phone. My favorite move of the night was Gerald Harris’ “Matt Hughes-like” slam on Jorge Santiago. As Harris went up to slam Santiago to the mat, Santiago held on to the cage, which resulted in a point deduction, but still managed to land the big slam.
There were also some not so great moments. The fight between McKee and Gonzales ended early and went to the scorecards due to an unintentional, illegal elbow to the back of the head of Mckee. Up until that point of the fight, Gonzales was winning the bout anyways. Gonzales dominated the entire fight, and took McKee’s will. I can’t say for sure, because I wasn’t in the cage, but I wasn’t the only one in the arena who thought McKee used this as an excuse.
The awkward moment of the night went to Tyrone Spong’s post fight award. He was awarded with a Boost Mobile phone, with “shrinking payments”. I don’t know if there are other fight night bonuses, but a cell phone for the winner of the main event takes the cake.
Overall I enjoyed myself, and enjoyed the fights. As mentioned before, the arena was buzzing and the crowd seemed to be into the event as well. As someone who lives in the Inland Empire, where this event took place, I’m thankful to Ray Sefo and the entire WSOF family for putting on this event together. On a scale from 0-10, I give it a solid 6.5. Can’t wait to see the next event, as they get better and better than the previous events. If you watched this event, what would you rank it?
Adrian Zamora, MMA Anonymous