World Series of Fighting president Ray Sefo doesn’t pull any punches.
Sefo has been releasing interviews entitled “Executive Order” where he is an open book for thoughts regarding his promotion and others, including the UFC and Bellator.
In his latest offering, Sefo discusses the impact free agency has had on MMA. He mentions making a possible run at current Bellator champion Will Brooks when his contract is up, along with the recent release of Daron Cruickshank by the UFC.
One of the great things about mixed martial arts is how it’s such a new sport that it’s constantly developing. With the first two months of 2016 behind us, one thing I’ve heard a lot about is how both fans and fighters are viewing this year as the birth of true free agency in MMA.
We saw it recently with a few big names such as Benson Henderson and Alistair Overeem, not to mention a great up-and-comer in Aljamain Sterling, who I really thought we were going to get to bring into the World Series of Fighting decagon to challenge our current bantamweight champion, Marlon Moraes. In the end, we came up just short in our bid for his services.
That said, I want to make sure that fans, athletes and managers know that I intend for us to be involved in these types of negotiations moving forward. Right now, I think one of my key focuses will be at lightweight.
Our current champ, Justin Gaethje, has an incredible fight next Saturday, March 12, at WSOF29 at Bank of Colorado Arena in Greeley, Colo. He’ll put his belt on the line against Brian Foster in the night’s main event, and if you’ve ever seen these two guys fight, you know how incredible this matchup will be.
Waiting in the ranks are a few more deserving contenders, such as Luiz Firmino and Jason High, as well as Mike Ricci as Ozzy Dugulubgov. But there are a few other names out there I hope we can talk to, as well.
Bellator champ Will Brooks has mentioned he would like to pursue free agency when his contract is up. Obviously we can’t speak to him until he’s fulfilled the terms of his contract, but that’s the type of fighter I’d love to see fighting in the World Series of Fighting decagon.
I also saw that former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk is thinking of a comeback. “The Muscle Shark” hasn’t fought since 2010, but he’s an incredible athlete, and while he mentioned the potential of fighting Royce Gracie, I think if he’s committed to a return, there are more competitive matchups out there for him.
Then there’s a guy like Daron Cruickshank, who I just saw was released from the UFC today. Daron has had a few setbacks lately, but he’s an exciting fighter, and I think fans appreciate his style in the cage. I’d love to see him in the World Series of Fighting decagon, as well.
So we’re looking for all types of athletes – stars on the rise, veterans who still have something to offer the game, and even a few fan-friendly guys who may need a second chance to prove they’re elite fighters. But we will certainly be doing our part to bring some more depth to our roster this year, and if it is “the year of free agency,” consider us buyers.