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Tuesday, 08/20/2013, 11:37 am

EXCLUSIVE | Dave Huckaba Discusses His Big Win Over Ray Sefo at WSOF 4 | Late Night Cage Side Radio

By JAKE CHASTAIN

BJPenn.com’s Late Night Cage Side Radio had a fantastic show this week and welcomed on several MMA names to talk all different types of MMA news. One of those guests was WSOF heavyweight, Dave Huckaba. Huckaba is fresh off the heels of a huge win over kick-boxing legend and WSOF President, Ray Sefo, at WSOF 4 on August 10th. Huckaba stopped Sefo with strikes in the second round of that bout and has gained a lot of wind in his sails because of that impressive performance. Dave was kind enough to join our boys Chase and Kinch on Late Night Cage Side Radio to discuss the big win and what he wants next. Here are some of the highlights from BJPenn.com’s Late Night Cage Side Radio interview with Dave Huckaba:

Dave was first asked what it was like to have fought his boss, Ray Sefo. Huckaba explained, “I really didn’t look at Ray as my boss going into this fight, by any means. Obviously now that’s how it’s going to be, he’s my boss, but first and foremost I had to look at him as the kickboxing legend, man. The guy’s got gifted hands and hard kick, man, so I didn’t really look at it as punching my boss, you know what I mean? I looked at it as fighting a really good kick-boxer.”

During the fight Sefo landed some big leg kicks that looked to be affecting Huckaba in the later part of the fight. However, he overcame those kicks to finish Sefo with strikes at the end of the second round. Dave was asked to comment on how badly the kicks had hurt him prior to his finish:

“The adrenalin rush during the fight, you really don’t feel it. You know what I mean? The adrenalin spike for me was out of control,” he said. “During the fight I wasn’t going to let that slow me down.”

“I really didn’t expect a lot of kicks from Ray in this fight, and the reason why is because I thought he would be a little leery about going to the ground.” He continued. “I know he’s a world class kick-boxer and his kicks are awesome, I just thought he wasn’t going to throw a lot of kicks I figured he was going to try to finish me with his hands. He had good hand speed and he’s hard to hit, believe it or not. Ray is hard to hit. But I was surprised. I was surprised he threw as many leg kicks as he did, as you can see I didn’t check too many kicks.”

Huckaba then went on to explain that he had sustained an injury prior to the fight that no one really knew about heading into the bout. He explained, “About two weeks outside of the fight I got eleven stitches in my shin. I didn’t tell nobody, we kept this on the down-low, but I got injured doing box-jumps. I tore my shin up pretty bad and if you look at the video you’ll be able to see I had eleven stitches, like I said, from about a week and a half out.”

The injury didn’t stop Huckaba from getting the win, but he admits that standing in front of Sefo was not his original plan of action, although he did admit he wanted to beat him on the feet. He stated, “I wanted to beat him with my hands. I knew if I could clinch with him and shorten the distance I could wear him down. The longer the fight would go, for me, the better I thought it was.”

The conversation shifted for a moment as Huckaba was asked to comment on his feelings toward WSOF and how they are going about their business.

“I’m not just saying this because I’m a part of them, I would have said it even if I didn’t win, they are the most legitimate fight organization I have ever been with,” Huckaba praised.“I’ve fought with a lot of different shows all the way around and hands down,  behind the scenes, the people that work for them, everybody that’s in the back room, how they take care of my family, how they took care of me…guys, I’m being honest, they’re absolutely phenomenal how they work. It’s great being a part of what they’re doing.”

He was then asked to talk about when he knew he had Sefo in trouble and what he feels was the turning point in the fight. Huckaba replied, “To be honest, I caught him pretty good with the left hook I was absolutely amazed that he didn’t go down. That guy is just extremely tough. I mean, look at the caliber of fighters this guy has fought in his life. He’s fought some of the best standup fighters in the game.”

“I hit a couple homeruns on Ray and he was there. He did cover up, but he wasn’t protecting himself. I think if the fight would have gone longer it would have gotten worse. The elbows were taking a toll on him,” Huckaba continued. “The short elbows from the clinch, I think they did a lot of damage. They helped set up my hands.”

Huckaba, who has won 10 of his last 11 MMA fights, was then asked how much longer he feels that he will continue fighting. He answered, “I’m 39 years old but I really feel in my heart that I’m still a young fighter. I didn’t start fighting until I was 31, therefore I didn’t take all the head trauma, my body didn’t get beat up all that time as I was a youngster, you know what I mean? I feel that I can take this as far as my body will let me, man.”

“I’m gonna roll with this. I’m gonna roll with it as long as I can. To be honest, my body feels great, I’m healthy, and I’m ready, man. As long as Ray is going to keep me busy I want to keep working. I’m ready. I’m just ready to do work.”

He was then asked if he felt as if he’s been looked over in the past and doesn’t get the credit he deserves from the media after stringing together a nice set of wins. He answered, “I’m not one to be arrogant. I put in a lot of work and I’m just happy to be where I’m at. Better late than never. I do have a lot of MMA fights, I have 25 of them, but better late than never, man.”

Huckaba made a statement in his win over Sefo on August 10th, not just by winning but in the manner that he won as well. Huckaba talked about finishing Sefo on the feet:

“If I would have took Ray down and tried to submit him, it would have been OK,” he said. “I beat him standing up. I beat him boxing.”

He was also asked what he wanted next following his WSOF debut win. He replied, “I’m game for whatever they ask. I work for them. Whatever Ray puts in front of me, I’m ready to work for him.”

And to close the interview Dave was asked what kind of legacy or ultimate goals he has in the sport of MMA. He stated, “I just want to be a man. I want to leave my mark. All of us as a man in today’s society we want to leave a mark. I want people to know who I am.”

From all of us here at BJPenn.com we would like to thank Dave Huckaba for taking the time to talk about his recent victory over Ray Sefo and we congratulate him on the big W. We look forward to seeing what Mr. Huckaba has next in line.

To listen to the entire interview with Matt Brown on BJPenn.com’s Late Night Cage Side Radio click here.

-Jake Chastain

@jchastain45

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