Through the Lens: The Re-Re-Education of Tyrone Spong

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By Ryan Loco (words and photos)

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to document the training, travels, and lives of some of the best fighters in the world. They are generous with their time, and I repay them by putting all my effort into my photos of them. As Andre Kertesz once said, "Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph."

With this photoblog, I hope to provide a glimpse into the lives of MMA fighters--backstage, behind the scenes, and beyond. I want to take you places not everyone gets to go.

The Re-Re-Education of Tyrone Spong

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. But what if that dog were Tyrone Spong, one of the most feared kickboxers in the world, and you told him to learn MMA? Takedown defense. Ground and pound. Submissions. Cage work. Already a master, now a student again. 

Did you learn those things, Tyrone? Have you been practicing them? 

Guess, so, with a 2-0 MMA record. 

Now we need you to forget it all.

Tyrone fights in Chicago October 12th in a kickboxing grudge match against Nathan Corbett. Just kickboxing. No takedowns, no ground and pound, no submissions, no cage work. Just everything he knew before we told him to learn more ... and then forget it. 

Check out these earlier installments of Through the Lens:

The Return of Alistair Overeem

Junior Blackzilians

Fight Week