Scottish lightweight Stevie Ray has confirmed to TheMacLife.com that he has signed a bout agreement to face Paul Felder at July’s UFC Glasgow card.
Ray has quietly amassed a very respectable 5-1 record in his tenure with the UFC and, fresh from a win over veteran fighter Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville last month, the former Cage Warriors lightweight champion will look to extend his winning record in at the expense of ‘The Irish Dragon’ in front of his countrymen at the UFC’s second event inside Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on July 16th next.
Felder will come into the bout on the back of a first round finish of Alessandro Ricci in Canada last February, having dropped his previous contest via doctor stoppage against Francisco Trinaldo last September. Prior to that, the Philadelphian scored successive wins over Josh Burkman and Daron Cruickshank. His UFC record stands at 5-3 going into the proposed bout with Ray.
The booking was first reported by HeraldScotland.com, though it seems this was premature as Niall McGrath of SevereMMA reports that Felder has yet to sign a bout agreement. Official confirmation of the fight has yet to be made by the UFC.
As is sometimes the case nowadays, both fighters took the matchmaking into their own hands when Ray issued a very respectful challenge to Felder on social media which was received gratefully by the American fighter.
I notice @Marc_Diakiese ducked u @felderpaul I don't don't that! we will put on a crazy fight Infront of 13,000 scots. Let do it man 👊
— Steven Ray (@StevenRayMMA) May 2, 2017
Bro I have nothing but respect for you. Ur a martial artist like me. I would love to throw down in Scotland!!! Let's make that card bro!! https://t.co/xqWCNJsqSY
— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) May 2, 2017
Elsewhere on the card, Scottish fighter Paul Craig faces Khalil Rountree, Mark Godbeer will take on Justin Willis and Wales’ Jack Marshman fights Ryan Janes. A main event fight has not yet been disclosed.