Ray looks for better despite third UFC win

Stevie Ray. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Stevie Ray. Pic: Lisa Ferguson

At the start of the year, Stevie Ray would have given anything just to fight in the UFC, let alone have a winning record of 3-0.

But it shows how far the Kirkcaldy fighter has come in a short period of time that he was not entirely satisfied with his victory over Mickael Lebout at UFC Dublin on Saturday.

Ray’s third fight in the UFC was his first to go the full distance as he followed up impressive KO wins against Marcin Bandel in April and Leonardo Mafra in July with a unanimous points victory over Frenchman Lebout in Saturday’s lightweight bout.

Despite continuing his perfect record, Ray revealed his frustration at failing to finish the fight.

“I’m trying to be positive but, on the performance, I’m a little bit disappointed,” he said.

“I know I got the win, but I got into the rhythm where I felt like I was winning the fight and I was never in danger.

“The shots he was hitting, no respect to Lebout, did not hurt at all.

“I got comfortable. I knew I was winning and I didn’t do anything to change it up or make it more exciting.”

Ray stung Lebout several times with heavy punches, but never managed to string together the combinations that might have finished the fight.

“In my last fight when I hit Mafra with shots like that I rocked him and then went in for the finish.

“But Lebout took them - he’s tough and he kept coming forward.

“He’s never been stopped his whole career apart from a doctor stoppage so I knew he was tough.

“I’ll go back and look at the fight and probably learn from it.”