Ray Sefo

Name Ray Sefo
Nickname Sugarfoot, Sugar
Association Ray Sefo Fight Academy / Xtreme Couture
Weight Class Heavyweight (241 lbs.)
Height 6′ 0″ (1.83 m)
Style Muay Thai
Birth Date February 15, 1971
Fighting Out Of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Country New Zealand
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”’”Sugar” Ray Sefo”’ is a professional New Zealand kickboxer, boxer and martial artist. He is five time Muay Thai World champion and eight time K-1 World Grand Prix Finals tournament participant, currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA and training with Xtreme Couture.

== Professional Record ==

Record 2 – 0 – 0 (Win â€Â“ Loss â€Â“ Draw)
Wins 1 (T)KOs
1 Submissions
0 Decisions
Losses 0 (T)KOs
0 Submissions
0 Decisions
Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time Notes
Loss Valentijn Overeem Submission (Neck Crank) [[Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs Silva]] 2/12/2011 1 1:37
Win Kevin Jordan Submission (Knee Injury) Strikeforce Challengers 3 Cummings vs Kennedy 9/25/2009 2 0:24
Win Min Soo Kim KO (Head Kick) K-1: Hero’s 2 7/06/2005 2 0:30

== Biography ==
Trained in Wing Chun as a youth, Sefo started developing his Muay Thai fighting style under Thai legend Kiosot,then continued training under Lollo Heimuli(Balmoral Lee Gar gym). Sefo had an impressive unbeaten record as an amateur and a professional in the Oceania kickboxing league.Early in his career Ray Sefo trained at Balmoral Lee Gar gym alongside Jason Suttie, Jayson Vemoa, Fai Falamoe and his brother Rony Sefo.

Some would say his fight against Andre Manaart was his first major challenge on the world stage.In this fight he overwhelmed Manaart with devastating speed and elusive footwork,knocking him down on numerous occasions.In the ring after the fight,Manaart took the microphone and said “…you should call him Sugarfist, not Sugarfoot”…

His first major breakthrough was becoming a WKA cruiser weight champion, after which he also acted as a sparring partner for fellow New Zealander David Tua when Tua first returned to New Zealand for a fight after turning pro.

Holding five world title belts, Sefo is well respected in the professional fighting community, having been invited to compete in the prestigious K-1 events and holds an impressive record in the K-1 World Grand Prix events and maintains the highest KO ratio in K-1.

Sefo is particularly known for being able to take (and dish out) a tremendous amount of punishment. At times he will taunt his opponents by letting his hands and his guard down completely and inviting them to hit him repeatedly. Some enjoy his antics but others find them akin to showboating. Nevertheless his peers respect him, other fighters consider him an aggressive and competitive fighter but only in the ring.

He excels at fast and hard combinations from all angles, excellent footwork and speed, often employing uppercuts to get through the opponents defence, lastly he is known for devastating and painful kicks, including low kicks and kicks to the face.

Sefo currently holds notable wins over Jerome Lebanner, Peter Aerts, Mike Bernardo, Bob Sapp, Mark Hunt and been one of only three fighters in K-1 history to ever knock down Semmy Schilt.

Sefo is still considered one of the very best K-1 fighters to never win the World Grand Prix title. His biggest K-1 Grand Prix success to date was becoming the K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 finalist, after knocking out Musashi and Cyril Abidi before losing by unanimous decision to Ernesto Hoost.

After a 6 fight losing streak Sefo fought the Korean Giant Hong Man Choi in reserve fight number 1 at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 Final and won by unanimous decision. After the win Sefo stated he will remain one of the top eight fighters until he retires.

== Titles ==
* 2000 K-1 World Grand Prix Runner Up.
* 1998 WKBF Super Heavyweight World champion.
* 1997 WKBA Super Heavyweight World champion.
* 1996 WMTF World Heavyweight champion.
* 1996 ISKA World Super Cruiserweight Champion.
* 1995 ISKA World Light Cruiserweight Champion.
* 1995 WMTF Light Heavyweight Champion.
* 1993 Hong Kong Lightheavyweight Champion.
* 1992 South Pacific Cruiserweight Champion.
* 1991 New Zealand Cruiserweight Champion.
* 1990 New Zealand Heavyweight Champion.


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