Ray Sefo (nickname: “Sugar” or “Sugar Foot” born February 15, 1971, Auckland, New Zealand) is the President of MMA World Series of Fighting (WSOF) and a former New Zealand Kickboxer, Boxer and Mixed Martial Artist (MMA). Sefo was trained in Wing Chun in his youth, then transitioned into his Muay Thai fighting style under Thai legend Kiosot.
Sefo is married to Diana and they have one child together.
His first major breakthrough was becoming the WKA Cruiserweight Champion; and thereafter becoming former NZ Heavyweight Boxer David Tua’s sparring partner. As an amateur and professional in the Oceania Kickboxing League, Sefo had an impressively unbeaten record.
Sefo is a well respected athlete in the professional fighting community and prestigious K-1 fighting events. He held an impressive record in the K-1 World Grand Prix while maintaining the highest K-1 knock-out (K.O) ratio. He is well known for being able to take and dish-out punishment and has been seen to taunt his opponents by letting his hands and guard down, inviting them to hit him repeatedly. This taunting of opponents had either caused viewers to love or hate his antics in the ring.
Sefo holds notable wins over Jerome Lebanner, Peter Aerts, Mike Bernardo, Bob Sapp and Mark Hunt. He is only one of three fighters in K-1 history to ever knock down Semmy Schilt.
Although he has never won the World Grand Prix title, he is still highly recognized, respected and loved by his fans worldwide. Sefo is still considered one of the best K-1 fighters in the world among fans and his fighting peers.
Sefo was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame in June of 2010 and then later inducted into the U.S.A Martial Arts Hall Of Fame in 2011, establishing himself with 93 fights and 6 World Kick Boxing/Mauy Thai Titles.
The World Series of Fighting (WSOF) was formed in 2012 where Sefo became President. It is an American Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The inaugural WSOF event took place on November 3, 2012 and the main card was broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.
Highlights and Awards:
- 1990 New Zealand Heavyweight Champion
- 1991 New Zealand Cruiserweight Champion
- 1992 South Pacific Cruiserweight Champion
- 1993 Hong Kong Light heavyweight Champion
- 1995 WMTF Light Heavyweight Champion
- 1995 ISKA World Light Cruiserweight Champion
- 1996 ISKA World Super Cruiserweight Champion
- 1996 WMTF World Heavyweight Champion
- 1997 WKBA Super Heavyweight World Champion
- 1998 WKBF Super Heavyweight World Champion
- 2000 K-1 World Grand Prix Runner Up
- 2010 Inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame
- 2011 Inducted into the U.S.A Martial Arts Hall of Fame