World Series of Fighting president Ray Sefo is doing something most high-level fight promoters don’t do. He’s going to return to active competition and fight on his promotion’s upcoming fight card.
Sefo will square off with Dave Huckaba in a three-round heavyweight bout at World Series of Fighting 4 on Aug. 10 at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.
In preparation for the bout, Sefo is taking a temporary leave of absence from his duties as company president.
“I’m looking forward to another chance to step into the cage, but before I do, I felt taking a temporary leave from my executive duties was the right thing to do,” Sefo said. “I’m fortunate to have an outstanding team at World Series of Fighting, which I know will handle our operations while I’m gone. And after my fight, I’ll step back into my role as World Series of Fighting president.”
Sefo has been fighting for nearly two decades, and boasts 99 combat sports appearances when you combine is experiences in kickboxing, boxing, and mixed martial arts. He is a six-time Muay Thai world champion and an eight-time K-1 World Grand Prix participant.
Competing in fight number 100 is a personal goal that Sefo set some years ago, and now he’ll get the opportunity to accomplish that goal fighting for his own promotion.
“Even though I took on an executive role at World Series of Fighting, I never actually retired from active competition,” Sefo said. “About three years ago, I set a personal goal of reaching the century mark, 100 fights, and then calling it quits. Now I’m excited to say I have a chance to do that.
“But I knew I couldn’t be the president of World Series of Fighting and fight for the company at the same time. To try and do so would have been a disservice to all of our fighters and my team at WSOF, not to mention me as an athlete and to all of the fans who will be watching me in action again.
“I’m fortunate to work with an outstanding group at World Series of Fighting, and I have total confidence their work will allow the success we’ve enjoyed so far to continue on Aug. 10.”