Stevie Ray - Official UFC® Fighter Profile
Stevie
Ray
21-7-0( W-L-D )
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Performance of the Night

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 7 fights.
Record: 21-7-0
Summary: Strong, athletic and good all-round

Fighter Info

Nickname: Braveheart
From: Fife Scotland
Fights Out Of: Fife Scotland
Age: 27
Height: 5' 10" ( 177 cm )
Weight: 155 lb ( 70 kg )
Reach 70"
Leg Reach 39"

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
564
47% Successful
263
Types of Successful Strikes
0
263
69% Standing
21%
181
27
55
Striking Defense
58
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
5
40% Successful
2
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
4
7
0
Takedown Defense
57
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay Awards
Loss
Stevie Ray
Jul 16, 2017
5
23
0
0
0
0
0
1
R1 KO/TKO
Win
Stevie Ray
Apr 22, 2017
46
109
5
0
1
1
5
0
R3 Decision - Majority
Win
Stevie Ray
Nov 19, 2016
38
49
0
1
0
0
0
0
R3 Decision - Split
Loss
Stevie Ray
Sep 24, 2016
7
2
5
0
1
1
6
2
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Stevie Ray
Oct 24, 2015
48
27
1
0
0
0
0
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Stevie Ray
Jul 18, 2015
19
23
0
0
0
0
0
0
R1 KO/TKO
Performance of the Night
Win
Stevie Ray
Apr 11, 2015
3
31
0
0
0
2
0
5
R2 KO/TKO

Biography

As triumphant moments go, Stevie Ray couldn’t have asked for a better one.

When he walked into the Octagon at UFC Fight Night Glasgow in July 2015, Ray broke new ground: a Scotsman fighting in front of his countrymen in the first UFC event held in Scotland. Even better, he rewarded his fans by delivering a spectacular knockout.

Ray’s first-round finish of Leonardo Mafra brought him full circle, from a young father living on welfare in Fife, Scotland, to a rising star in the UFC. He punctuated his night by scoring a spectacular KO of Mafra and earning a performance of the night bonus.

Ray’s 18-5 record includes two wins since joining the UFC in April 2015. But he admits to having struggled financially earlier in his career, working infrequently as a laborer and not always able to pay his rent. He wondered if he should continue pursuing an MMA career.

“It was a lot of struggle,” he told UFC.com. “I was on welfare getting benefits. I hated it. I tried to work. It was so stressful.”
 
Ray didn’t give up or give in. He developed a sizable following among MMA fans in Scotland and earned the nickname “Braveheart.” He continued winning, but his big break came as the UFC was preparing to put on its first card in Krakow, Poland.

Two weeks before the event, Jason Saggo, who was scheduled to fight Marcel Bandel, suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. Needing a fighter to replace Saggo, UFC officials put in a call to Ray.

“When I got the call, it was surreal,” he said. “It had always been a dream to get there, to fight for the biggest organization in the world.”

Although he had to cut 30 pounds to reach the lightweight limit, Ray somehow did it. Then he scored a second-round KO of Bandel, announcing his presence in the UFC.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt followed with another knockout, staggering Mafra with a right hook and throwing a series of left hands that eventually crumbled his Brazilian opponent.

Ray would agree, the tough times are finally behind him.

TRAINING: A typical day’s training is just the same as always, really. I drive to training in Glasgow, maybe wrestle or do striking, hit pads, etc. Then I chill out for a bit and head to Higher Level MMA, which is on the way home anyway, and I train again. It’s usually one hard session and one more technique-based.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started fighting in MMA when I was 19 years old. A friend asked me to come try it out and I fell in love with the sport. I've always liked fighting. 

What ranks and titles have you held? Scottish Fight Challenge champion, Total Combat champion, Bamma British champion, Cagewarriors world champion 

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I've been to college and done fitness qualifications and also I done a HNC in construction management. 

What was your job before you started fighting? I just recently took on a new job in a fitness gym as a fitness instructor. It's hard going doing that and trying to train but it's what I had to do to pay bills. I've worked as a labourer over the years too and hated most of them all. But like I said, you gotta make ££.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 7-0 as an amateur. 

Ranks in any martial arts styles: BJJ blue belt 

Favorite grappling technique: Achilles lock or RNC  

Favorite Striking technique: left straight (power hand)

  • Pro since 2010

 

  • Eight wins by submission (3 RNC, armbar, triangle armbar, arm triangle choke, heel hook, brabo), six by KO

 

  • Has won nine of his last 12

 

  • Nine first round finishes

 

  • Engaged in three-fight series with UFC vet Curt Warburton, winning the trilogy 2-1


Career

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