On November 19, the UFC will return to Northern Ireland for the first time since 2007. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet an aggressive Scottish fan favourite looking to make a signature statement at UFC Belfast. A professional since June 2010 and representing Higher Level Martial Arts under the leadership of James Doolan, 26 year old Steven Ray owns a 19-6 record in 25 career bouts consisting of eight submissions, six knockouts and five decisions.
In His MMA debut, Steven knocked out Shawn Edmondson in the first round. He won his next three fights which included wins over Loic Marty and Mark Young respectively. Then, Steven submitted Davey Parker before knocking out Scott Ward. He also tapped out Merv Mulholland in the second round. Ray earned back to back wins over John Quinn and Vaidas Valancius respectively. Steven won his next three bouts which included wins over Stu Barrs and Dale Hardiman. At Cage Warriors 60 in London Steven defeated Jason Ball via unanimous decision as part of the Cage Warriors Lightweight tournament. He won the tournament by submitting Sean Carter in round one via rear naked choke that same night. At Cage Warriors 69, Steven faced Curt Warburton and defeated him via split decision. Ray won the rematch with Warburton via rear naked choke in round two at Cage Warriors 73. In his UFC debut at UFN 64 in Poland Steven faced Marcin Bandel and knocked him out in the second round. He also knocked out Leonardo Mafra in round one at UFN 72 in Glasgow. Steven defeated Frenchman Mickael Lebout via unanimous decision at UFN 76 in Dublin. Steven will now face TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson in the co main event of UFN 99 on November 19, replacing the injured James Krause. Good luck Steven!