Tyrone Spong vs Sergei Kharitonov UFC fight info, date and time
Tyrone Spong vs Sergei Kharitonov is set to go down at EFC 44: Spong vs. Kharitonov at 12:30am EST on Friday 28th January 2022 in a 265lbs matchup.
Kickboxing veteran Tyrone Spong last fought a professional MMA fight in August 2013. He is 2-0 in his MMA career and has been actively pursuing a pro boxing career since 2015, going 14-0 with 13 knockouts.
Sergei Kharitonov is vastly more experienced in MMA with 44 professional fights. Kharitonov last fought less than three months ago, beating Fabio Maldonado via TKO in Round 1.
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Tyrone Spong vs Sergei Kharitonov will headline the Eagle FC 44 card. The promotion is making its US debut, with the event hosted at the FLXcast Arena in Miami on January 28th, 2022.
The headline event was initially scheduled to be Tyrone Spong vs Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. However, Bigfoot pulled out and Sergei Kharitonov stepped up in mid-December with around 6 weeks’ notice.
World-class kickboxer Tyrone Spong has racked up a professional kickboxing record of 107 wins and 7 losses over 13 years in the sport. He has two pro-MMA wins to his name with his last fight coming in 2013, over 3,000 days ago.
Tyrone Spong vs Michael Duut (GLORY 9) pic.twitter.com/mJ1HYKMzrG— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) January 26, 2022
Spong hasn’t fought a professional kickboxing or MMA bout since fracturing his right leg in a fight against Gokhan Saki in 2014. However, he has proven an excellent boxer, accumulating a 14-0 record in the sport since his injury.
Sergei Kharitonov is a veteran in MMA with 33 wins and 9 losses in the sport. He has fought recently in Bellator, losing to Cheikh Kongo in August 2021 via submission. Prior to this loss, he gained notable KO victories over Matt Mitrione and Roy Nelson.
Earlier in his career, Kharitonov beat several legends of the sport, including Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski and Fabricio Werdum. Since 2017, Kharitonov has gone 9-2 (2 NC) in MMA.
How they match up
Sergei Kharitonov will be the older fighter at 40 years, while Spong is 36. Kharitonov is also 2-inches taller at 6”4 and will have a 2.5-inch reach advantage.
Spong is considerably less experienced in MMA fight just 2 pro fights on his record to Kharitonov’s 44. However, Spong has had over 100 kickboxing fights and 14 boxing fights.
Reasons to watch
This will be a fascinating main event for a number of reasons. Tyrone Spong’s striking is undoubtedly elite and he can knock anyone out in a flash.
However, Kharitonov is one of the toughest veterans in the sport and brings a far-superior grappling game to the table. If Kharitonov can weather the early storm on the feet, it could be a long night for Spong.
Plenty of eyes will be watching this event. This will be the much-anticipated US debut of Eagle FC. The promotion has received tons of hype after UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov took over in 2020.
Tyrone Spong vs Sergei Kharitonov predictions
Kharitonov’s prediction has him knocking out Spong, whether it’s on the feet or via ground-and-pound:
“It’s going to be a great feather in my cap to have a knockout win against Tyrone Spong, so that’s my plan.”
Spong’s prediction is that the fight could be a grueling one, given Kharitonov’s renowned toughness:
“He doesn’t give up, he doesn’t get put away easily. So that’s a challenge to me, and the size difference, you know?”
Tyrone Spong vs Sergei Kharitonov picks
MMA Journalist Sean Sheehan believes Kharitonov needs to utilize his wrestling to stand a chance:
“As an MMA fighter, you should be able to use your wrestling and take him down. But I feel like he’s going to stand with him and give Spong a chance.”
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Tyrone Spong vs Sergei Kharitonov tale of the tape
- Significant 4 year age difference: Spong is the younger fighter at 36 years old.
- Kharitonov has a significant 3 inch reach advantage.
- Significant experience difference: Kharitonov has 42 more professional MMA fights than Spong.
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Tyrone “King of the Ring” Spong fighter profile and recent form
Tyrone Spong is a 36 year old male fighter from Suriname with 2 pro wins and 0 losses. See Tyrone Spong’s full MMA record.
Tyrone Spong has a 50% finish rate, including 1 by knockout, 1 by decision.
Tyrone Spong is currently riding a 2 fight win streak.
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Last 2 bouts
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Sergei “The Paratrooper” Kharitonov fighter profile and recent form
Sergei Kharitonov is a 40 year old male fighter from Russia with 33 pro wins and 9 losses. See Sergei Kharitonov’s full MMA record.
Sergei Kharitonov has a 94% finish rate, including 22 by knockout, 9 by submission, 2 by decision.
Sergei Kharitonov is looking to put together a winning streak, having last beaten Fábio Maldonado at Parus FC.
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Last 5 bouts
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Who is fighting tonight in the UFC?
Tyrone Spong vs Sergei Kharitonov is set to go down at EFC 44 – Spong vs Kharitonov. The fight is expected to start at around 12:30am EST on Friday 28th January 2022.
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