Tyrone Spong Discusses Overcoming Personal Tragedy Ahead of GLORY 15
Posted by Larry Csonka on 04.05.2014
A good friend passed away…
- Tyrone Spong recently spoke about dealing with personal tragedy prior to his GLORY 15 fight. Here are the highlights…
On a Personal Tragedy Ahead of His GLORY 15 Fight: "A good friend of mine who I started my career training with, Tarik El Idrissi, he passed away – he got killed in Amsterdam. Then my uncle, my mother's brother, got killed in South America. So it's like suddenly it's a rough period."
Did He Consider Canceling The Fight?: "I'm not the type of person to cancel a fight," Spong said. "I know they were both big fans of my career. I started training with Tarik, and my uncle was a big fan of my career. I know that they would want me to focus on do what I need to do, so that's what I'm doing right now."
On Not Taking Time to Mourn: "When I think about it, it makes me sad," Spong said. "It's so fresh. People around me ask me if I'm still going to do the fight and say maybe it's better if I don't, because they saw how it affected me. But it's not in my nature. I know these people would want me to focus and do what I need to do. That's what I'm doing right now heading into April 12."
On His Return to MMA: "I'm going to see how I feel after the fight," Spong said. "Maybe it's better to keep busy because otherwise you fall into a hole. But we'll see how far the fight is, what is the exact date and everything. When everything is official we'll make a decision from there."