Notes in advance of World Series of Fighting 6: Sefo tells Palhares to seek help


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

ray-sefo.jpgOn Saturday in Coral Gables, Fla., the World Series of Fighting holds its sixth event, part of an effort to display the promotion’s national reach, according to its president, Ray Sefo.

Sefo said ticket sales for the event, which takes place at BankUnited Center, aren’t “great” but “good” and again teased a dramatic expansion in WSOF’s upcoming schedule during a media teleconference in support of WSOF 6.

The card is headlined by a welterweight bout between ex-UFC fighter Josh Burkman and Steve Carl, who’s won his past two under the WSOF banner. Burkman is coming off a first-round submission of onetime UFC title challenger Jon Fitch he called the biggest win of his career.

Burkman almost didn’t make it to the fight, however, as he revealed during the conference call. He said three different surgeons once told him he shouldn’t fight any more due to a herniated disc in his neck and four bulging discs in his back that caused arthritis and nerve damage. After a year off and a series of lifestyle changes, he was able to return and triumph over Fitch, who previously bested him in a 2006 bout.

“Jon Fitch is one of the top three welterweights in the short history of mixed martial arts,” Burkman told MMAjunkie.com. “Just to get a win like that was good for me, and I really believe it was good for the organization. I expect for us to have a third one somewhere down the road, too.”

That revelation was among several noteworthy tidbits from the call, which featured Sefo, Burkman, and six other fighters on the WSOF 6 card.

  • Miguel Torres said his 11-month layoff from competition was the result of moving his gym to another location only to find mold that forced him to renovate the facility.
  • Burkman said he has three fights remaining on his current WSOF contract, but has no plans of vacating the promotion for greener pastures.
  • Sefo said a planned matchup between Torres and Tyson Nam, which was scrapped in favor of Torres vs. Pablo Alfonso, is still on the table for future WSOF events.
  • Sefo said the WSOF won’t sign the controversial Rousimar Palhares unless he takes steps to stop holding on to submissions past the point of tapout.
    “The team and I have talked about it, and he needs to seek some sort of help, or talk to somebody, a psychiatrist or whatever, that would help him get away from hurting fighters,” Sefo said. “At the end of the day, we don’t want that. Until he does that, we won’t look at signing him any time soon.”

    Jon Fitch, who made headlines by saying he wouldn’t fight the Brazilian, said Palhares would have to “prove he is no longer out there trying to cripple people after the fight is over.”

    “I give you the example of one of my teammates, Mike Kyle,” Fitch added. “He had a bad fight where he was in the wrong and continued to strike an opponent after the referee had stopped it. He went out there and has been nothing but straightforward, 100 percent sportsman after that. Palhares, it seems to be a reoccurring thing that’s happened twice in the UFC twice and in his grappling matches a number of times.

    “It’s just not what our sport is. We’re trying to beat each other up, but somebody concedes and gives up, you don’t continue to crank on submissions. You could end somebody’s career that way.”

  • Sefo said bantamweight standout Marlon Moraes could fight for the WSOF’s inaugural title if successful on Saturday against Carson Beebe.
  • Sefo said a previously announced four-man lightweight tournament is now planned to take place sometime in 2014. He said an injury to participant Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante played a part in the delay.
  • Sefo said recent WSOF acquisition Yushin Okami could make his promotional debut in March 2014.
  • Torres also gave an update on his father, who was robbed at gunpoint. Torres, who offered a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the robbers, said three of the assailants involved in the crime have been arrested. One of them was identified by Torres’ father in a police lineup.

    “My dad has been playing soccer his whole life,” Torres told MMAjunkie.com. “One night, he got off work late and he went to run and shoot a couple shots at the goal at the soccer field I pretty much grew up playing soccer my whole life, since I was six. Eleven guys came out of the back of the school, and one guy put a gun to my dad’s chest, (and) one put to the back of his head. They took two of his gold chains, they took his wallet, (and) they even took his soccer ball and his jacket. The police ended up catching three of them, but they couldn’t return the possessions.

    “It was really upsetting to me, because it hits close to home. It’s my home town; it’s where I grew up, and it was bad when I was growing up, but it’s even worse now. To see it every day, but to have it happen to your father, it hit real close to home. I had found out after the fact that that happened up here; that the people are the same crew. It’s becoming more and more apparent that area’s not safe. Since then, my dad is taking precautions and not going out late. And it wasn’t even late. It was 8:00. I’m just happy he didn’t get hurt, and I’m happy that I can sit down and have dinner with him.”
     

  • Torres added that his recent bust in his home state of Indiana for pot possession was cleared up when charges were dropped.

For more on WSOF 6, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Ray Sefo)

view original article >>

Related News

  • 25 days ago
  • 51 views

Jessica Aguilar competed for the second time in 2014 earlier in June, and she showcased why she is the No. 1-ranked strawweight fighter in the world. Not only is she the best 115-pound female on the planet, she may be the best fighter—regardless of weight or gender—on the World Series of Fighting roster. The WSOF roster is not a treasure trove of talent, but that is to be expected. The UFC is the premier mixed martial arts organization on earth, and they hold the vast majority of talent. WSOF do more

  • 21 days ago
  • 20 views

World Series of Fighting 11 hits the network TV airwaves for the first time ever. See what's in store for Saturday afternoon's NBC-televised card as we preview a card featuring a lightweight title fight between Justin Gaethje and Nick Newell. This preview is going to take an off-road approach to breaking down tomorrow afternoon's card. Instead, each main card fight will be How much does Jon Fitch have left in the tank? Jon Fitch's days as a top UFC welterweight crashed the moment he was flattene more

  • 19 days ago
  • 88 views

Sherdog.com reports from the Ocean Center in Daytona, Fla., with live World Series of Fighting 11 results and play-by-play. more

  • 21 days ago
  • 127 views

World Series of Fighting (WSOF) returns this weekend (Sat., July 5, 2014) with WSOF 11: “Gaethje vs. Newell,” which goes down from inside Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. The main card features a mouthwatering lightweight championship bout, as well as a few former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) combatants searching for glory. Check out our main card preview and predictions below. You thought Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was the only promotion busy on America's biggest weeken more

  • 20 days ago
  • 27 views

World Series of Fighting 11 hits the network TV airwaves for the first time ever. See what's in store for Saturday afternoon's NBC-televised card with our official preview. Before UFC 175 takes center stage in this MMA-heavy Independence Day weekend, World Series of Fighting airs live on NBC TV at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT. Lightweight champion Justin Gaethje makes his first title defense against fellow unbeaten prospect Nick Newell, while Jon Fitch meets Dennis Hallman in the co-main event after Fitch ha more

  • 20 days ago
  • 39 views

Check out all of the World Series of Fighting 11 action and discuss the entire card right here on Bloody Elbow! more

  • 20 days ago
  • 24 views

World Series of Fighting (WSOF) makes its NBC Network debut with a few afternoon beatdowns, including a lightweight title fight at WSOF 11: "Gaethje vs. Newell," which goes down TODAY (Sat., July 5, 2014) live from inside Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Get complete, official results, LIVE updates and real-time coverage RIGHT HERE. World Series of Fighting (WSOF) returns with its most important show yet, including the promotion's biggest title fight to date at WSOF 11: "Gaethje vs. Newel more

  • 19 days ago
  • 56 views

World Series of Fighting has their network debut on NBC with a card that features a title fight for its lightweight title. Champion Justin Gaethje puts his title for grabs against Nick Newell while UFC castoff Melvin Guillard make his organizational debut against Gesias Cavalcante. UFC veterans Jon Fitch and Dennis Hallman also do battle in a catchweight fight. Will Newell make history or is Gaethje's roll through the division set to continue? I answer these questions and more with my prediction more

  • 19 days ago
  • 16 views

World Series of Fighting 155-pound champion Justin Gaethje (12-0) kept his perfect career record intact by stopping previously undefeated and inspirational lightweight Nick Newell (11-1). more