Stevie Ray (fighter)

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Stevie Ray
Born Steven Ray
(1990-03-25) 25 March 1990 (age 28)
Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland
Other names Braveheart
Stevie 'F*ckin' Ray
The Wee Dug
Nationality British
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight (145–155 Ib)
Welterweight (155–170 Ib)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland
Team Higher Level MMA
Dinky Ninjas / Tristar Gym
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active 2010–present
Kickboxing record
Total 1
Wins 1
Losses 0
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 29
Wins 21
By knockout 6
By submission 8
By decision 7
Losses 8
By knockout 1
By submission 4
By decision 3
Amateur record
Total 7
Wins 7
By knockout 1
By submission 5
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Steven Ray (born 25 March 1990) is a Scottish mixed martial artist who competes in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2010, he has also formerly competed for BAMMA and Cage Warriors, where he was the Lightweight Champion, as well as the BAMMA British Lightweight Champion.[3][4][5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ray started as an amateur, going 7–0, his first fight was a short notice fight, at Middleweight, for which he weighted in 175 lbs. His next fights were at Welterweight.

Ray made his professional mixed martial arts debut in June 2010. Ray competed predominantly in the United Kingdom where he amassed a record of 16–5 before joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[6][7]

He also competed in brazilian jiu jitsu, winning the Scotia Cup 2011, in the middleweight (under 82,3 kg/181 lbs) division at white belt, the Glasgow Open 2011, in the medium-heavyweight (under 88,3 kg/194 lbs) division at white belt, the Scotia Cup 2012, in the medium-heavyweight (under 88,3 kg/194 lbs) division at blue belt, the Glasgow Open 2012, in the middleweight (under 82,3 kg/181 lbs) division at blue belt, he also placed 3rd in the Glasgow No Gi Open 2013, in the middleweight (under 82,3 kg/181 lbs) advanced division. He also won a pro muay thai fight against Scott Morrison, class B rules, super middleweight division, by unanimous decision on 12 May 2012.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Ray made his promotional debut as a short notice replacement for an injured Jason Saggo against Marcin Bandel on 11 April 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64. Ray won the one-sided fight via TKO in the second round.[8]

Ray faced Leonardo Mafra on 18 July 2015 at UFC Fight Night 72.[9] He won the fight via TKO in the first round and earned a Performance of the Night bonus.[10][11]

Ray faced Mickael Lebout on 24 October 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76.[12] He won the bout by unanimous decision.[13]

Ray was expected to face Jake Matthews on 8 July 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.[14] However, Ray pulled out of the fight in early June due to visa issues and was replaced by Kevin Lee.[15]

Ray next faced Alan Patrick on 24 September 2016 at UFC Fight Night 95.[16] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

Ray faced Ross Pearson on 19 November 2016 at UFC Fight Night 99.[18] He won the fight via split decision.[19]

Ray next faced Joe Lauzon on 22 April 2017 at UFC Fight Night 108.[20] After taking a beating and coming close to being finished by Lauzon in the first round, Ray came back strong in the second and third rounds when Lauzon started to fade because of the energy he used in the first round. After a close fight, Ray was awarded a majority decision victory.[21]

Ray faced Paul Felder on 16 July 2017 at UFC Fight Night 113.[22] He lost the fight by knockout in the first round after being dropped with a knee strike and subsequently finished off with a series of elbows, marking the first time he's been finished by strikes in his MMA career.[23] The fight with Felder also marked the last fight of his prevailing contract with UFC.[24]

Ray faced Kajan Johnson on 17 March 2018 at UFC Fight Night 127.[25] He lost the fight via split decision.[26] Ray intends to go down in weight to the featherweight division.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[edit]

  • Scotia Cup
    • Scotia Cup 2011 white belt middleweight (under 82,3 kg/181 lbs) – 1st place
    • Scotia Cup 2012 blue belt medium-heavyweight (under 88,3 kg/194 lbs) – 1st place
  • Glasgow Open
    • Glasgow Open 2011 white belt medium-heavyweight (under 88,3 kg/194 lbs) – 1st place
    • Glasgow Open 2012 blue belt middleweight (under 82,3 kg/181 lbs) – 1st place

Submission Grappling[edit]

  • Glasgow No Gi Open
    • Glasgow Open 2013 advanced division middleweight (under 82,3 kg/181 lbs) – 3rd place

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 21–8 Kajan Johnson Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov 17 March 2018 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 21–7 Paul Felder KO (elbows) UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio 16 July 2017 1 3:57 Glasgow, Scotland
Win 21–6 Joe Lauzon Decision (majority) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov 22 April 2017 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 20–6 Ross Pearson Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2 19 November 2016 3 5:00 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Loss 19–6 Alan Patrick Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg 24 September 2016 3 5:00 Brasília, Brazil
Win 19–5 Mickael Lebout Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Holohan vs. Smolka 24 October 2015 3 5:00 Dublin, Ireland
Win 18–5 Leonardo Mafra TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites 18 July 2015 1 2:30 Glasgow, Scotland Performance of the Night.
Win 17–5 Marcin Bandel TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 11 April 2015 2 1:35 Krakow, Poland
Win 16–5 Curt Warburton Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Warriors 73 1 November 2014 2 2:00 Newcastle upon Tyne, England Defended the CWFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 15–5 Curt Warburton Decision (split) Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday 7 June 2014 5 5:00 London, England Won the vacant CWFC Lightweight Championship.
Loss 14–5 Ivan Buchinger Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Warriors 63 31 December 2013 4 3:43 Dublin, Ireland Lost the CWFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 14–4 Sean Carter Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Warriors 60 5 October 2013 1 4:40 London, England Won the vacant CWFC Lightweight Championship. CWFC Lightweight tournament final.
Win 13–4 Jason Ball Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors 60 5 October 2013 2 5:00 London, England CWFC Lightweight tournament semi-final.
Loss 12–4 Curt Warburton Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 12 9 March 2013 3 5:00 Newcastle upon Tyne, England Lost the BAMMA British Lightweight Championship.
Win 12–3 Dale Hardiman Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 11 2 December 2012 3 5:00 Birmingham, England Won the inaugural BAMMA British Lightweight Championship.
Win 11–3 Stu Barrs TKO (punches) Caledonian Combat 1: The Gathering 21 July 2012 2 3:37 Inverness, Scotland Lightweight debut.
Win 10–3 Qasim Shafiq Submission (armbar) OTP: On Top 5 2 June 2012 1 1:02 Glasgow, Scotland Catchweight (165 lbs) bout.
Loss 9–3 Assan Njie Submission (guillotine choke) Cage Warriors Fight Night 4 15 March 2012 2 2:29 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Win 9–2 Vaidas Valancius Submission (rear-naked choke) OTP: On Top 4 25 February 2012 1 2:41 Glasgow, Scotland
Win 8–2 John Quinn KO (punches) OTP: On Top 3 24 September 2011 1 0:57 Glasgow, Scotland
Loss 7–2 Nico Musoke Submission (rear-naked choke) OTP: On Top 2 18 June 2011 1 4:56 Glasgow, Scotland On Top Welterweight Tournament Final. For the on Top Welterweight Championship.
Win 7–1 Merv Mulholland Submission (triangle armbar) OTP: On Top 2 18 June 2011 2 4:59 Glasgow, Scotland On Top Welterweight Tournament Semi-final.
Win 6–1 Scott Ward TKO (punches) Scottish Fight Challenge 4: Resolution 17 April 2011 3 0:00 Stirling, Scotland Won the inaugural SFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 5–1 Davey Parker Submission (arm-triangle choke) Total Combat 39 12 March 2011 1 2:14 Durham, England Won the TC European Welterweight Championship.
Loss 4–1 Dan Hope Technical Submission (armbar) Honour 4 27 November 2010 1 0:00 Aberdeen, Scotland
Win 4–0 Mark Young Submission (heel hook) Scottish Fight Challenge 3: Showdown 10 October 2010 1 0:00 Stirling, Scotland
Win 3–0 Vincent del Guerra Decision (unanimous) Scottish Fight Challenge 3: Showdown 10 October 2010 2 5:00 Stirling, Scotland
Win 2–0 Loic Marty Submission (D'Arce choke) Brawl at the Bay 25 July 2010 1 0:00 Fife, Scotland
Win 1–0 Shaun Edmondson KO (punch) Scottish Fight Challenge 2: Retribution 27 June 2010 1 1:54 Stirling, Scotland

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card – UFC Fight Night Bisping vs. Leites". UFC.com. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Steven Ray (4 May 2015). "Promoted to purple belt tonight". Instagram. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Father to be Steve Ray took UFC Krakow Debut on Two Weeks Notice". Vice.com. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Before UFC deal, Cage Warriors champ Stevie Ray readied for retirement – at 24". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Steven Ray and the story of why he got into MMA: 'I was right into the deep end'". Bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Zane Simon (2 April 2015). "Welcome to the UFC, Ray, Stasiak, Nguyen, and Campbell". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Cage Warriors 69 results: Stevie Ray, Jack Hermansson claim vacant titles". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Ben Fowlkes (11 April 2015). "UFC Fight Night 64 results: Stevie Ray pounds out Marcin Bandel in second round". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Staff (17 July 2015). "Leandro Mafra meets Scotland's Stevie Ray at UFC Fight Night 72 in Glasgow". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Brent Brookhouse (18 July 2015). "UFC Fight Night 72 results: Scotland's Stevie Ray decimates Leonardo Mafra". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Tristen Critchfield (18 July 2015). "UFC Fight Night Glasgow Bonuses: Calderwood, Casey, Duffy, Ray earn $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Ben Kiely (17 August 2015). "UFC Dublin shaping up nicely as exciting lightweight battle added to card". sportsjoe.ie. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Ben Fowlkes (24 October 2015). "UFC Fight Night 76 results: Stevie Ray outworks Mickael Lebout for decision win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  14. ^ Staff (25 April 2016). "Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray slated for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  15. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2 June 2016). "Stevie Ray out, Kevin Lee in against Jake Matthews at TUF 23 Finale". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  16. ^ Danny Doherty (2 July 2016). "UFC Brasilia: Alan Patrick to fight Stevie Ray". cagepages.com. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  17. ^ Steven Marrocco (24 September 2016). "UFC Fight Night 95 results: Alan Patrick grinds out unanimous decision win over Stevie Ray". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Ariel Helwani (26 October 2016). "Stevie Ray expected to replace injured James Krause against Ross Pearson at UFN: Belfast". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  19. ^ Stevie Ray (19 November 2016). "-UFC Fight Night 99 results: Steven Ray takes split, edges Ross Pearson". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  20. ^ Staff (9 March 2017). "Joe Lauzon vs. Stevie Ray lightweight scrap added to UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  21. ^ Steven Marrocco (22 April 2017). "UFC Fight Night 108 results: Stevie Ray escapes early trouble, takes majority decision vs. Joe Lauzon". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  22. ^ Scott Mullen (5 May 2017). "Stevie Ray to face Paul Felder in UFC Fight Night in Glasgow". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 5 May 2017. 
  23. ^ Danny Segura (16 July 2017). "Paul Felder stops Stevie Ray with brutal first-round knockout at UFC Fight Night 113". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  24. ^ Damon Martin (13 March 2018). "Stevie Ray Found Out the Hard Way that Free Agency Doesn't Work For Everybody". mmaweekly.com. 
  25. ^ Staff (2018-02-08). "Kajan Johnson says Stevie Ray has stepped in as UFC-London replacement". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-02-08. 
  26. ^ John Morgan (2018-03-17). "UFC Fight Night 127 results: Kajan Johnson edges Stevie Ray in razor-thin split". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  27. ^ Matt Erickson (5 October 2013). "Cage Warriors 60 results: Stevie Ray taps Carter to win lightweight title". MMAjunkie.com. 
  28. ^ Matt Erickson (7 June 2014). "Cage Warriors 69 results: Stevie Ray, Jack Hermansson claim vacant titles". MMAjunkie.com. 
  29. ^ Matt Erickson (1 November 2014). "Cage Warriors 73 results: Stevie Ray taps Warburton to defend title". MMAjunkie.com. 

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