Stevie Ray Looking To Come Out Of Retirement, In Talks With Bellator And Brave CF

When Stevie Ray walked away from his professional MMA career in 2020, fans were surprised.

But, on Thursday, Ray said he is in talks with Bellator and Brace CF of returning from retirement.

“I’m now looking for a new promotion, I’m in talks with Bellator and Brave CF right now. I’m a game opponent and fight in exciting fights,” Ray said. “I just want to get back in there and see if I still got it. I’ve always been a fighter. Brave is interested in signing me to a long-term deal. I’ve been wanting to end retirement for ages.

The last time Scottish fighter graced the octagon was UFC Fight Night 162. He shared the octagon with UFC veteran Michael Johnson where he won via majority decision. At the time, he said he thought that UFC wanted to release him from the promotion.

“I then got told to send them my visa details, which was strange and shady as Ali and the UFC knew I didn’t have a visa,” Ray said. “I had some legal problems when I was younger so it takes me a while to get my visa, so I had to turn the fight down. After that, I got told I was released from the UFC.”

He soon retired and said it was due to a longstanding knee injury. His record is 23 wins and just nine losses.

In his post on IG, he told everyone that he still wants to fight and is in good shape.


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Ray had a decorated MMA career. He is the former Cage Warriors and BAMMA lightweight champion. In the UFC, he had seven victories with four defeats, but never had the chance of winning the title.

Aside from Johnson, another known name in his resume is Paul who defeated him via brutal KO in the first round.

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