Gutted Ray vows to come back stronger

Steven Ray
Steven Ray

DESPITE losing his British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) title in Newcastle on Saturday, Steven Ray is refusing to feel sorry for himself.

Kirkcaldy fighter Ray surrendered his belt to UFC veteran Curt Warburton following a unanimous verdict in his opponent’s home city.

Ray was praised for his second round showing in particular where he held his opponent’s back and looked to be nearing a rear naked choke on several occasions.

But no sooner had a disapointed Ray returned to Fife, he was putting his body back through its paces in preparation for a comeback.

He said: “I’m obviously disappointed and gutted with how it all went but I did my best.

“I felt I had him in the second and could have won it, but he was able to use his experience to get out of it.

“He’s 10 years older than me, and I can tell you that in 10 years I’ll be a lot better fighter than he is.

“I wasn’t really hurt so have been back in the gym already doing some strength stuff.

“I was going to take a little break but I’ve got one more fight with BAMMA and I just want to get back on to a May card.”

Ray thanked those around him who have been supportive since the defeat and said hopes to turn Saturday’s loss into a positive.

“If I can learn from it then it won’t really be a defeat,” he added.

“That was basically a world title eliminator fight and there’s no re-match clause.”

Ultimately the fight ended with 29-28 scorecards across the board to hand the title to the Englishman.