Ray set for biggest fight yet

Cage fighter Steven Ray from Kirkcaldy in action during one of his recent fights.
Cage fighter Steven Ray from Kirkcaldy in action during one of his recent fights.

STEVEN Ray is preparing for his biggest fight to date this Saturday.

The Kirkcaldy cage fighter is making his British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) debut at a televised event in Birmingham.

He takes on Dale Hardiman from Luton for the first BAMMA Lonsdale British light-weight belt, and his confidence is high.

“I reckon I will win the fight, but then so does he,” Ray told the Press.

“I know I’ve got the ability to win and I’ve got the game-plan.

“I’ve watched footage of him online and I’m feeling really good about the fight.

“It’s my biggest fight so far, and my first on BAMMA, so I’ve been training and dieting hard.

“We’ll see what happens on the night.”

Ray has extra reason to be confident after changing clubs.

He has left the Edge MMA team based in his home town to train at the highly-regarded Dinky Ninjas gym in Glasgow.

“I always wanted to train at a higher level club but travelling to Glasgow would mean £100 a week in petrol - and I could get a mortgage for that!” he said.

“Fortunately, one of my sponsors offered to pay my petrol, and my management pay my training fees, so it’s not costing me anything.

“At Edge I was able to do what I wanted, and I was falling into the same mistakes.

“The level of coaching and training partner is higher at Dinky Ninjas, and I feel like a whole different fighter.

“After 12 weeks of training five times a week it’s made a huge difference already.”

Ray features on the same card as Alex Reid, famous for his marriages to glamour girls Katie Price and Chantelle Houghton.

The headline fights will be broadcast on Channel 5 on Saturday night at 11.05 p.m.