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  • 10-18-2012, 11:41 PM
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    Despite his obligations with WSOF and training, Ray Sefo insists he's not done fighti

    Despite his obligations with WSOF and training, Ray Sefo insists he's not done fighting

    Ray Sefo may be the president of World Series of Fighting and a renowned trainer in Las Vegas, but the 41-year-old insists he hasn't hung up his gloves yet either.
    "I'm still very active. I want to fight seven more fights to make it 100 (pro fights) then retire," Sefo told Ariel Helwani Wednesday on The MMA Hour.

    "I promise. I really don't know when that final date is gonna come, but that's what I have set in my head."

    But Sefo admitted that balancing his own career, instructing a strong stable of fighters, and juggling the responsibilities of the WSOF has been a challenge — but one the former kickboxing champ would not trade for anything in the world.

    "I love being involved … martial arts has been my life since I was five," Sefo continued. "Being a coach is another part of my life I love and enjoy. I would say being a head coach and being president of a company goes hand and hand. It's all about making the right decisions.

    "At some point I'm gonna get busy with World Series of Fighting stuff, but right now I can do all this. If it gets to a point where it's going to compromise certain things, I will make adjustments to it."

    Making the right decisions and adjustments for the WSOF — which hosts its first event Nov. 3 at the Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort in Las Vegas — is what Sefo believes will separate his NBC Sports-backed organization from a handful of other MMA upstarts.

    "The mistake is a lot of these guys come out and try to be bigger than the UFC, bigger than life," Sefo said. "For us, we're not trying to compete with UFC, we're here to start small.

    "We're gonna take the talent that's available or don't have a home to go to. We're going to build our own young talent. There's so much talent out there. With that mindset we're going to be around. We're just taking it one step at a time.

    "We got to crawl before we walk. We are definitely keeping eye on our budget and what we can do and what we can't do. I'm blessed to have the team that we have, smart people, very levelheaded people. We're not trying to be more than what we are. We are crawling, eventually going to walk and then run."

    Despite hosting the event in the UFC's hometown, Sefo believes there is remains an untapped MMA audience that could be watching the sport for the first time on Nov. 3.

    "With the card that we have I think it's worth having on a network like NBC Sports," Sefo said. "It's free on television, it's going to hit markets with non-MMA fans and hopefully they became MMA fans."
    "As many shows as the UFC has put on, there's still the need for another stage to showcase talent," Sefo said. "With MMA is such a young sport, but it's still growing.

    "If we can all share that piece of the pie and provide that stage for (more) guys to showcase their talent, why not?"

    Despite his obligations with WSOF and training, Ray Sefo insists he's not done fighting - MMA Fighting

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