Ray Sefo's Blogs

  • Podcast: Ray Sefo, Tyson Griffin, Ashlee Evans-Smith By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to the Sherdog Radio Network on Monday for another edition of "Beatdown." Joining them on the broadcast was WSOF president Ray Sefo, along with WSOF Fighters Tyson Griffin, and Ashlee Evans-Smith.

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  • Podcast: Marlon Moraes, Josh Rettinghouse, Ray Sefo, Nick Newell By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to the Sherdog Radio Network Wednesday for another edition of "Beatdown." Joining them were World Series of Fighting 9 participants Marlon Moraes, Josh Rettinghouse, president Ray Sefo, and WSOF lightweight title challenger Nick Newell.

    De Santis and Sherwood take listener calls, emails, and tweets on this episode. The guys also give their takes on a potential UFC return for Brock Lesnar, Dana White's thoughts on Fedor Emelianenko, season 20 of "The Ultimate Fighter," and more on "Quick Hits."

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  • Beatdown: Cruickshank, Ortiz, Gaethje, Sefo By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood were back for Wednesday’s edition of “Beatdown” on the Sherdog Radio Network. Joining them were mixed martial artists Daron Cruickshank, Dustin Ortiz, Justin Gaethje and World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.

    Justin Gaethje has been on preparing for a carousel of opponents for his WSOF lightweight title fight. The Colorado based fighter was originally set to rematch Gesias Cavalcante on January 18th. The Brazilian fell out do to injury and was replaced by Lewis Gonzalez. Gonzalez was then injured and now it is Richard Patishnock that is scheduled to face Gaethje next Saturday night in Florida. Justin joined “Beatdown” Wednesday to discuss the latest opponent change, how his training has gone, and how he feels about vying for the inaugural WSOF lightweight title. Gaethje also chats about his personal experience with Georges St. Pierre and how he feels about GSP leaving mixed martial arts for an indefinite period of time.

    Daron Cruickshank returns to the UFC’s octagon part of the UFC Fight Night 35 card. “Detroit Superstar” joined De Santis and Sherwood to discuss his lightweight affair with Mike Rio. Cruickshank breaks down the fight, if this is a loser leaves town match, and where his head is at coming in to the match.

    Dustin Ortiz proved victorious in Brazil last November in his UFC debut. The flyweight has now drawn former title challenger John Moraga for his UFC sophomore effort. Ortiz chatted with TJ and Jeff to discuss the fight, getting upgraded to the main card from the prelims, and how he feels the landscape of flyweight looks right now in mixed martial arts. The RofusSport pupil also discusses what he will have to do to earn a shot at UFC champion Demetrious Johnson.

    World Series of Fighting has made waves this week when matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz went on MMAFighting.com’s “The MMA Hour” and suggested that Bellator and WSOF co-promote a pay-per-view with a promotion vs promotion card. President Ray Sefo joined “Beatdown” Wednesday to chat about the call out, the promotions upcoming January 18th card, and what the NBC Sports Network based promotion will try to accomplish in 2014. Sefo also speaks about his aspirations of a world grand prix type format which would include a one night tournament.

    TJ and Jeff also discuss Dominick Cruz’s latest injury and title vacation, his future in fighting, and what this means for UFC bantamweights. The guys also discuss the chatter of Anderson Silva vs. GSP, and they take listener predictions via “The Go Daddy Hotline.”

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  • Jacob Volkmann: With WSOF, You Don’t Have to Worry About Getting Cut By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Jacob Volkmann, on “Beatdown,” discussing the UFC and the World Series of Fighting:

    “It was like I was never part of the UFC team. With World Series of Fighting, it’s a different feel. I can’t really explain why it’s that way. Just little things here and there, like before my first fight against Lyle Beerbohm, [World Series of Fighting President] Ray Sefo came in and he explained you don’t have to be worried about your job. You need to worry about how to train and you should focus on training only. With World Series of Fighting, you don’t have to worry about getting cut. Job security is a very important thing as a fighter.”

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  • Saturday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Saturday



    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Fastest Fights in Pride History Countdown of the fastest fights.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Fastest Fights in Pride History Countdown of the fastest fights.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Nate Diaz fights Jim Miller; Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills; Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira; Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman.

    5:00 p.m. ET AXS: AXS TV Fights
    BAMMA 13 Curt Warburton vs. Mansour Barnaoui for the lightweight title; Max Nunes vs. Jason Jones for the heavyweight title; from Birmingham, England.

    6:00 p.m. ET NBC Sports: World Series of Fighting Future Champions


    6:30 p.m. ET NBC Sports: World Series of Fighting Future Champions


    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Ali Bagautinov vs. Marcos Vinicius; c vs. Rafael Natal; Piotr Hallman vs. Francisco Trinaldo; Jussier Silva vs. Joseph Benavidez; Ronaldo Souza vs. Yushin Okami; Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader. From Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

    7:00 p.m. ET NBC Sports: World Series of Fighting 4
    Tyrone Spong vs. Angel DeAnda; Marlon Moraes vs. Brandon Hempleman; Ray Sefo vs. Dave Huckaba; J.Z. Calvalcante vs. Tyson Griffin. From Ontario, Calif.

    9:00 p.m. ET NBC Sports: World Series of Fighting 5
    Andrei Arlovski vs. Mike Kyle. From Atlantic City, N.J.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 18 Episode 2: Ladies First

    11:30 p.m. ET AXS: AXS TV Fights
    BAMMA 13 Curt Warburton vs. Mansour Barnaoui for the lightweight title; Max Nunes vs. Jason Jones for the heavyweight title; from Birmingham, England.

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  • Ray Sefo: The Longer Huckaba Stands, The Quicker the Fight Will End



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  • Podcast: Ray Sefo By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood were back on the Sherdog Radio Network Wednesday for another edition of "Beatdown." Joining them was World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.

    Following the World Series of Fighting's second effort, Sefo joined the program to talk about the company's future, direction, and expectations. Sefo also talks about the thought process behind signing fighters Jacob Volkmann, Jon Fitch, and Aaron Simpson. Sefo also talks about if WSOF would ever consider putting on kickboxing events.

    TJ and Jeff also take listener calls, emails, and tweets. They also continue the Nick Diaz contest where listeners called in and offered some pretty hilarious impersonations.

    Check out the show here.

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  • Todd Martin Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Todd Martin, a featured MMA contributor for Sherdog.com and The Wrestling Observer.

    With World Series of Fighting's second offering in the books, Breen and Martin take stock of the fledgling promotion's efforts thus far. The two look at the strengths and weaknesses of the promotion so far, how its commentary has adversely impacted its product, Paulo Filho, the curiously chosen role of Ray Sefo and whether or not it even makes sense for the promotion to crown divisional champions.

    Breen and Martin also weigh in on the modern freakshow aspect of promoting Anthony Johnson, what weight class his future lies in and who ultimately might be next for “Rumble.”

    Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”

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  • Audio: WSOF 2 ‘Arlovski vs. Johnson’ Media Conference Call By: Sherdog.com Staff


    The World Series of Fighting held a media conference call Tuesday ahead of this weekend’s WSOF 2 “Arlovski vs. Johnson.” On the call was company president Ray Sefo, as well as headliners Andrei Arlovski and Anthony Johnson, and co-main eventers Tyson Nam and Marlon Moraes. Listen to full audio from the call above.

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  • Podcast: Ray Sefo, Pat Miletich By: Sherdog.com Staff

    From the heyday of K-1 to the kickboxing of Carlos Condit, the Sherdog Radio Network "Rewind" touched on the past and present in equal measure this week. In The Sunday Sitdown, World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo joins host Jack Encarnacao to chart his course through the top levels of K-1 during its boom period in Japan to making MMA fights in a post-Strikeforce world. Learn about Kiwi Bacon, the Mark Hunt slug fest, and the story behind how WSOF was founded.

    Also, in Pro Perspective, MMA great Pat Miletich joins the program to discuss the finer technical points of Condit vs. Johny Hendricks and Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz at UFC 158. Listen to "Rewind" here

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