This weekend, the World Series of Fighting stages its debut event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fronted by Ray Sefo, it has a line-up that is comparable to some UFC events of recent years and somewhat echoes the line-ups that Affliction put together for their two shows.
But is this really the right time to be starting a new MMA event?
Sefo says that if there was â€śno need for a second league then we wouldnâ€™t have the card that we haveâ€¦ if you look at that card, every single fight is like a main event fight. Every single fight on that card is a badass fight. I wish I could put every fight on television but unfortunately television can only give you so much space. These guys are some of the best in the world.â€ť
Until recently Strikeforce was the solid number two in the US MMA sphere but when the shareholders wanted out, they forced a sale to the UFC and left Scott Coker a nominal Zuffa employee. Coker has been forced to watch the painful decline of his promotion as it languishes on the Showtime network with a much-reduced roster.
â€śScott Coker is a great friend of mine, nothing but love and respect for Scott. He is a pro at what he does. It is really sad to see his baby fall apart like that. I donâ€™t think he did anything wrong,â€ť Sefo remarks.
â€śI think where it went wrong wasâ€¦ listen, I donâ€™t want to comment on things I donâ€™t know about, like Affliction came out and screamed a lot of great things but couldnâ€™t put things together, but I think the sale of Strikeforce, I donâ€™t think Scott Coker was part of that. By which I mean he didnâ€™t want to sell.
â€śOur goal is to try and be as successful as the UFC. You have to look at the UFC and what they have done in the sport. They have done a great job, an amazing job with the fighters and with the company. When you look at that they are an inspiration and if they didnâ€™t do what they did, we wouldnâ€™t have the opportunity right now.
â€śSo I take my hat off to themâ€¦ use them as inspiration to climb the ladder. Like as a fighter I looked at the fighters of K-1 like, man I would love to be like these guys. Three years later I am standing in the arena about to fight the best of the best. [But for now] we are going to take things slowly and try to build up.â€ť
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