27-Year-Old UFC Lightweight 21-7-0
February 14, 2018 Stevie Ray News
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Ray will take on Kajan Johnson at UFC London on March 17, Peter Carroll of MMAFighting.com reports.
Ray will take the place of Rustam Khabilov, who was forced to withdraw from the event due to an undisclosed injury. In his most recent fight, Ray was defeated by Paul Felder via TKO (elbows) in Glasgow, Scotland, in July of 2017. On the flip side, Johnson is sporting a three-fight winning streak, including a besting of Adriano Martins at UFC 215 in Edmonton.
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Fantasy AnalysisAfter picking up back-to-back wins over respected veterans, Ray's momentum came to a halt against Felder. Ray closed the distance early and pressed Felder into the cage. For a few moments it neutralized Felder's offense, but it was not a sustainable strategy. Eventually, "The Irish Dragon" got loose and landed a huge knee that floored Ray. Ray tried to survive, but Felder was all over him and finished the fight. Despite the loss, Ray is still 5-2 in the UFC.
Fantasy AnalysisRay (21-6) has 14 stoppages in his fights and is 5-1 in the UFC, including back-to-back victories heading into the bout with Felder. His opponent posts a 13-3 mark in MMA and is 5-3 in the UFC with a history of exciting fights, making this an intriguing matchup on the card. No main event has been announced on the card.
Fantasy AnalysisRay looked to be in for an early night Saturday, as Lauzon got him to the ground and landed ferocious ground-and-pound for the majority of Round 1. The 27-year-old was able to weather the storm, allowing him to take control of an obviously gassed Lauzon in the latter half of the fight. The scorecards look a bit wonky, but Ray was seconds away from finishing Lauzon as time expired in Round 3, which makes for a very understandable 10-8. Ray moves to 5-1 in the UFC, having won his last two fights.
Fantasy AnalysisRay is 4-1 since debuting under the UFC banner, but finally picked up a signature win last November with a split-decision victory over Ross "The Real Deal" Pearson. The 26-year-old Scotland native has won eight of his 20 professional fights via submission, but has yet to pick one up while fighting for the UFC. His last three bouts with the promotion have ended in decision, which makes Ray a bit of a risky fantasy play due to the uncertainty factor.
Fantasy AnalysisComing off his first loss in the UFC, Ray picked up arguably the biggest win of his career He used a diverse array of kicks to continually land against Pearson. Ray mixed up his striking, which allowed him to confused Pearson and land early and often. He was not able to finish the fight, but he did land a few kicks that appeared to hurt his opponent. Ray is now 4-1 in the UFC and 20-6 overall.
Fantasy AnalysisRay emerged victorious in his first three UFC bouts, but was beaten by Alan Patrick via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 95 in Brazil. He'll now get a chance to bounce back against an established UFC veteran in Pearson.
Fantasy AnalysisIt's difficult to imagine Ray looking any worse than he did on Saturday. He came out flat from the moment the opening bell rang and never recovered. Ray managed to land 87% (56/65) of his total strikes, but he spent so much time being controlled by Patrick that he never managed to land any offense of note. It was Ray's first UFC loss after he earned wins in his first three bouts.
Fantasy AnalysisRay was never in position to finish the fight, but he slowly pulled away from Lebout as the fight went out. Ray landed far more shots on the feet and he did a great job of keeping Lebout off balance. He isn't a huge name, but Ray is now 3-0 during his time in the UFC. Athletic with a good all-around game, the UFC should give Ray a better opponent next time out.
Fantasy AnalysisRay put on a show in front of the hometown fans. He landed one big shot on Mafra early, then he intelligently went to the body and head and didn't get out of control as he searched for the finish. Mafra ate a ton of shots before he finally fell over and referee Marc Goddard called a stop to the contest. Ray has now picked up back-to-back TKO wins in his first two UFC bouts.