Two heavyweight veterans will clash this Saturday night (Aug. 10, 2013) as World Series of Fighting (WSOF) promoter Ray Sefo steps back into the cage against Dave Huckaba in the co-main event of WSOF 4 in Ontario, California.
Record: 2-1 overall, 0-0 in WSOF
Key Wins: Kevin Jordan (Strikeforce Challengers)
Key Losses: Valentijn Overeem (Strikeforce: Fedor vs Bigfoot)
How he got here: Ray Sefo has been competing in combat sports for about 20 years now. He fought in K-1, winning titles all over the world for 14 years, competing in multiple Grand Prixs and battling some of the greatest kickboxers of all time in some of the most memorable wars in heavyweight kickboxing history.
Sparingly, "Sugar" tried his hand at mixed martial arts, winning his first two bouts including TKO victory over UFC veteran Kevin Jordan in 2009. In his third MMA fight, he was submitted by Valentijn Overeem in a fight he only had a week to prepare for in 2011.
After hinting he'd like to return to the game, Sefo announced he'd be facing Dave Huckaba on the fourth WSOF event this weekend.
How he gets it done: Sefo's gameplan is very simple. He's 42 years old so it's not like he's suddenly going to become a submission master overnight.
Look for the veteran kickboxer to keep his distance and either mix in some low kicks to slow Huckaba down or pound him with punches on the feet. He doesn't want to let the "Bad Man" get inside and either take him down or work him over with dirty boxing.
Distance is key, although Sefo would likely prefer to keep this fight in the pocket as he has plenty of faith in his ability to absorb Huckaba's best shot standing. If he hurts Huckaba, he'd better go in for the kill as who knows if he'll get a second opportunity, particularly if Huckaba is testing out his stand-up early with a wrestling fallback plan.
Record: 20-5 overall, 0-0 in WSOF
Key Wins: none
How he got here: Huckaba made his professional debut in 2006, working his way up the local California circuit and making a name for himself in the Gladiator Challenge promotion, winning and defending the title a total of four times.
Huckaba fell in love with his hands, finishing fights via knockout or TKO in 16 of his 20 career wins. After a brief rough patch in 2009, "Bad Man" has really turned it on in the last three years, winning nine of his last 10 fights with his only loss coming to a solid fighter in Damian Grabowski at Bellator 67 in a bout where he was outgrappled over the course of three rounds.
He was supposed to fight Rolles Gracie at the last WSOF show but instead, he'll take on his boss this weekend.
How he gets it done: Huckaba may love his hands, but if he wants to actually use them this fight, it had better be on the ground. He may have some talent on the feet, but he's no match for an extremely experienced kickboxer standing.
Look for Huckaba to try to close the distance quickly with either a takedown or a clinch, trying to work this fight to the canvas. If he can put Sefo on his back, he'll be in much better shape. If and when he can take Sefo down, Huckaba should work to pass his guard and start laying into him with ground and pound or perhaps even working for a submission, even though he hasn't finished someone via tapout since his first professional fight.
If Huckaba stands and bangs with Sefo, he deserves what's coming to him for having a low fight IQ.
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