I recently got the chance to talk to World Series Of Fighting Owner Ray Sefo. To hardcore fight fans the New Zealander is a well respected fight legend – putting work in the boxing, kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts scene. Throughout his career he has racked up many wins, especially in kickboxing, going 56-21-1.
The hard work throughout his life has created a unique experience in his present venture – being able to relate to the fighters he signs. Sefo understands a fighter’s mentality because he will always be one. This shines through most when he addresses fighter issues prominent in the sport today. Creating a clear picture to those following the sport from a more well rounded perspective, from someone who is not only a fan but also a fighter-promoter-and business man.
I got the opportunity to ask him about the man behind the gloves/suit.
What are some of your favorite movies, food, sports teams, and music artists?
Favorite movies: Science Fiction: Star Wars, Superman, Avengers, Batman, Spiderman, and so on.
Favorite Food: I love everything,and just to name a few Japanese, Italian, Greek, Thai, Korean, European, Polynesian, EVERYTHING 🙂
Favorite Sports Team: MMA Team Xtreme Couture, Boxing and Kick Boxing, Tennis, Rugby, NFL/American Football.
Favorite Music Artists: Andrea Bocelli, Julio Iglesias, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, El Divo….
If you could choose any four fighters to be with you when your back is against the wall who would they be and why?
My brother Rony Sefo who is a 2 Time World Kick Boxing Champion – Doug Viney who was a K-1 USA Heavyweight Champion – Brad Tavares who is a top MMA fighters for the UFC – Clay Auimatagi who was a national Boxing and Kick Boxing Champion / Street Fighter.
What are your thoughts on the ONE Championship Organization moving away from weight cutting – to fighters fighting at walking weight?
OneFC is entitled to make decisions that benefit their company but fighters will never fight at their walking around weight, what I mean by that is fighters have 4 to 6 months of after a fight so fighters will put on 15 to 20 pounds easy. Take me for example I walk around at 265lbs but I’ll be at 250 by the time I finish my training camp so I’ll fight at 250 which is not the weight that I walk around at.
What is one thing fans might not know about you or WSOF?
Fan’s might not know that I’m a twin and that I’m also an owner/ co-founder of WSOF.
What are your goals for this upcoming year?
My goals for 2016 is to help my team grow WSOF and continue to learn how to be a better version of myself in every way possible.