Ray Sefo's Blogs

  • 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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  • Mike Whitman 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 Sherdog.com news editor Mike Whitman.

    Breen and Whitman discuss the recently launched World Series of Fighting project, with particular attention to its amusing and shambolic introductory press conference. The two chart the development of the MMA promotion from its early inception over a year ago to being actualized on Nov. 3 with its debut card in Las Vegas, and how it could potentially avoid the pitfalls of other MMA startups.

    The duo also discuss the choice of Ray Sefo as a promotional figurehead, what Kurt Angle would have offered on color commentary, how MMA promotions of the past have desensitized us to crazy decisions, the conditions of WSOF's NBC Sports Network deal and much more.

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

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  • Strikeforce ‘Fedor vs. Silva’ Analysis: The Main Card By: Tim Leidecker

    Antonio Silva was a heavy underdog on Saturday against Fedor Emelianenko. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

    History was made Saturday night at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Following an undercard that went as expected, most anticipated former Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko to bounce back from last summer’s shocking upset loss with a win over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

    However, the sport of MMA has evolved such that things rarely turn out as expected, and “The Last Emperor” was no exception. Below, an in-depth look at the five main-card matches from Saturday night and what matches could be next for the participants.

    Valentijn Overeem def. Ray Sefo -- Submission (Neck Crank) 1:37 R1

    What happened: Having been in charge of Vitor Belfort’s preparation for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, seven-time K-1 World Grand Prix finalist Sefo did not have much time to prepare for his Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix alternate bout against Alistair Overeem’s older brother, Valentijn. Still a neophyte on the ground, Sefo was taken down 90 seconds into the match and submitted with a head-scissoring Overeem neck crank. It must have been the first time someone fighting for a major organization tapped out to the “can opener” since Mark Coleman used it on Masaaki Satake in the opening round of the 2000 Pride grand prix.

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