WSOF 34 is a huge card with a lot of great fights, but for Ray Sefo one is a little bit more intriguing than all the rest.
World Series of Fighting invades Madison Square Garden on Dec. 31, with a stacked card top to bottom. It’s easily the biggest card in the promotions history. Justin Gaethje defends his belt agains Luiz Firmino, Jake Shields takes on John Fitch, Marlon Moraes and Josenaldo Silva do battle, and two division champion David Branch puts his middleweight title on the line against Louis Taylor. All great fights but for WSOF president Ray Sefo there is one he is just a little more excited for than all the rest.
“I am looking forward to every fight on that card, because that card is stacked,” Sefo said in an interview with thefighthouse.com. “If I had to pick one fight that is a little bit more a tussle that I am look forward to it’s probably the John Fitch and Jake Shields fight. The reason that I say that is because these guys are the two biggest names on our roster, The guys have fought in the UFC, in Strikeforce, in Japan, they have beat some of the best fighters in the game. There iconic names in the sport.”
It’s not just in the names though. These two have danced around the same circles for a long time, but never faced off. Both guys are elite grapplers so we could end up watching a high level grappling match, or the grappling could get cancelled out and the two could end up striking for 25 minutes. It is that dynamic that has Sefo so intrigued.
“For that reason, it’s the fight that is a little bit more interesting to me,” Sefo said. “One way or the other that fight is going to be exciting, because their great grapplers, their good on the ground, obviously John Fitch has worked a lot on his stand-up, moved down here to Vegas and started doing kickboxing with one kick Nick, so there’s a lot of positive things. Jake Shields has been very active with the grappling submission things he’s doing. I think that fight, because of who they are sticks out a little bit more than the rest.
WSOF will have their day at Madison Square Garden on December 31, and will air live on NBC Sports and NBC.