Tyrone Spong suffered a horrific injury this past weekend (April 12, 2014) when he broke his leg after his opponent, Gokhan Saki, checked a kick during the first round of their GLORY 15 light heavyweight tournament final in Istanbul, Turkey.
An injury that mirrored the incident that went down at UC 168 last December when Anderson Silva's leg snapped after it connected on Chris Weidman's shin.
Immediately after the fight, Spong hopped on a plane to the United States to undergo surgery. And earlier today (April 14, 2014) "King of the Ring" sent out this statement via the Blackzilian website calling the surgery a success and revealed that he is expected to make a full recovery.
Furthermore, he could be back in training in as little as six months.
"I want my family, friends and fans to know that I'm okay. The trip home to Florida was a long one and I am thankful to be back in Florida. I had surgery this morning and it went perfectly. My Doctors said it turned out to be a clean break and they feel confident that I will recover 100%. They said I can be training for a fight as early as 6 months if I rehab properly. I feel very optimistic. Thank you all for your support."
Spong, who also competes in mixed martial arts (MMA) for World Series of Fighting (WSOF), earned his ticket to the title fight after defeating Saulo Cavalari earlier in the night via unanimous decision (recap here).
The fight against Saki was a rematch of their 2009 match which saw Gokhan knock him out in the fourth round.
The loss was Tyrone's first in the sport of kickboxing in three years. The good news for Spong is, he will be back in the swing of things, sooner, rather than later as the devastating injury will not end his combat career.
Very good news, indeed.