Ray Sefo Counts Quality of WSOF Champions as the Promotion’s Strength

December 25, 2015

Looking back on 2015, World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo feels the company has had a strong year, both in the quality of its fights and in the dominance of its champions.

Justin Gaethje vs Luis Palomino I WSOF pic“We’ve had a really great year,” Sefo told MMAWeekly.com. “Justin Gaethje and Luis Palomino had their first fight and then the rematch and put it all on the line and had a candidate for Fight of the Year. We’ve had really good shows, continue to move forward and had a really great year.

“The ultimate goal for any fighter is to become champion, and the ultimate goal for any league is to put on good shows and find the best talent out there, and I think we’ve achieved both.”

Not only did lightweight champion Gaethje have yet another stellar year, Sefo points out that bantamweight beltholder Marlon Moraes and dual titlist David Branch also shined in 2015.

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“Marlon is one of the best fighters in the world, and he continues to prove it to everyone who doubts him,” said Sefo. “He fights to the ability of his opponent; meaning the tougher the opponent, Marlon rises to the occasion.

“David is an inspirational story coming from his beginnings to come to MMA and become one of the most complete fighters out there, and now become the only guy in MMA to hold two world titles consecutively.”

As for Sefo himself, while he’s not actively seeking to compete again, he doesn’t close the door on possibly getting into the cage one last time.

“I love what I do and I enjoy it and I know for a fact that time is running out,” he said. “I’m not getting any younger. I’m wise enough to understand where to draw the line.

“If I can still compete with the guys in the gym 20 years younger than I am, it shows that I’m doing something right. I’m going to continue to train and look for that opportunity, but you never know, one morning I could wake up and say that I’m done.”

All in all, Sefo can’t complain about the year the WSOF has had. With continued growth and recent additions to the company’s corporate side, next year looks to be even better for the promotion.

“Obviously for us, we’re going to continue our product and continue to improve from the things that we do as we move forward,” said Sefo. “We have a great year planned out, so we’re looking forward to 2016.”

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