UFC Veteran Announces Retirement
A UFC veteran with 32 pro MMA fights has decided to hang up his gloves.
Stevie Ray took to his Facebook account to announce his retirement during a live stream. Ray ends his career with a record of 23-9. He was 7-4 under the UFC banner.
Here’s what Ray told his fans during the live stream (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“Basically I’m retiring from MMA because of my knee. There was options to maybe get an osteotomy surgery, which means cutting the bone and putting plates and stuff in, but some athletes never, ever return after that because it’s quite a big surgery. It’s around a year of rehab as well and just at this stage of my career I wasn’t wanting to go through that.”
Ray went on to say that he didn’t think it would be worth it to risk getting stopped because he couldn’t train properly due to his knee. He said that risking further injury just for a paycheck wasn’t worth the reward.
Ray emerged victorious in his last MMA outing. He defeated Michael Johnson via majority decision. It was his first win since October 27, 2018.
Ray has competed against the likes of Johnson, Paul Felder, and Joe Lauzon. His retirement comes at the age of 30.