Stevie Ray (fighter)
Steven Ray (born 25 March 1990) is a Scottish retired mixed martial artist who competed 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.
25 March 1990
Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland|
|Team||Higher Level MMA|
Dinky Ninjas / Tristar Gym
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Roberto Atalla|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
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.
He also won a pro muay thai fight against Scott Morrison, class B rules, super middleweight division, by unanimous decision on 12 May 2012.
Brazilian jiu jitsuEdit
Stevie Ray has also competed in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, in 2011 he won the Scotia Cup 2011, in the middleweight (under 82,3 kg/181 lbs) division at white belt and the Glasgow Open 2011, in the medium-heavyweight (under 88,3 kg/194 lbs) division at white belt.
In 2012 he won Scotia Cup 2012, in the medium-heavyweight (under 88,3 kg/194 lbs) division at blue belt and the Glasgow Open 2012, in the middleweight (under 82,3 kg/181 lbs) division at blue belt.
In 2013 he placed 3rd in the Glasgow No Gi Open 2013, in the middleweight (under 82,3 kg/181 lbs) advanced division.
Stevie fought Ellis Younger in a no gi grappling match, at 176 lbs / 80 kg, on the 25th of August 2018, in an event called Scottish Grappling Invitational 2. He lost the match on points.
On April 20th 2019, Ray competed in the Edinburgh Open 2019, he took 1st place in the Middleweight (82,3 kg/181 lbs) Gi - purple belt division and also took 1st place in the Middleweight (79,5 kg/175 lbs) No Gi - purple belt division.
Stevie made his return to the grappling scene at on August 19th 2019 at Polaris 11, taking on former Cage Warriors champion Paddy Pimblett in a - 77kg nogi bout, winning the match by inside heel hook. 
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
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.
Ray next faced Joe Lauzon on 22 April 2017 at UFC Fight Night 108. 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.
Ray faced Paul Felder on 16 July 2017 at UFC Fight Night 113. 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. The fight with Felder also marked the last fight of his prevailing contract with UFC.
Ray was expected to face Marc Diakiese on 21 March 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards. However, Ray was removed from the card in late-January for undisclosed reasons. Diakiese is expected to remain on the card against promotional newcomer Jai Herbert However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the event was cancelled.
On 21 September 2020 Ray announced his retirement from competing in MMA due to ongoing knee injuries.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- BAMMA British Lightweight Championship
- Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
- Total Combat
- TC European Welterweight Championship
- On Top Promotions
- OTP 2011 Welterweight Tournament Runner-up
- Scottish Fight Challenge
- SFC Welterweight Championship
- SFC Welterweight Tournament Winner
- 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
- Edinburgh Open
- Edinburgh Open 2019 purple belt middleweight division (under 82,3 kg/181 lbs) - 1st place
- Glasgow No Gi Open
- Glasgow Open 2013 advanced middleweight division (under 82,3 kg/181 lbs) – 3rd place
- Edinburgh Open
- Edinburgh Open 2019 middleweight division (under 79,5 kg/175 lbs) - 1st place
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|32 matches||23 wins||9 losses|
|Win||23–9||Michael Johnson||Decision (majority)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Askren||26 October 2019||3||5:00||Kallang, Singapore|
|Loss||22–9||Leonardo Santos||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Smith||1 June 2019||1||2:17||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||22–8||Jessin Ayari||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith||27 October 2018||3||5:00||Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada|
|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||Kraków, 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||SFC Welterweight Tournament Final|
|Win||3–0||Vincent del Guerra||Decision (unanimous)||Scottish Fight Challenge 3: Showdown||10 October 2010||2||5:00||Stirling, Scotland||SFC Welterweight Tournament Semi-Final|
|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|
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- Mike Bohn (27 October 2019). "Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Demian Maia and UFC on ESPN+ 20's other key winners?". mmajunkie.com.
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