After an action-packed night of fights at PFL 5, Stevie Ray has moved on to the PFL playoffs, where he will face legend Anthony Pettis in a rematch. After his fight at PFL 5, Stevie Ray made the time to chat with us at LowKick MMA, discussing his finish over Pettis, the rematch, and how […]
After an action-packed night of fights at PFL 5, Stevie Ray has moved on to the PFL playoffs, where he will face legend Anthony Pettis in a rematch.
After his fight at PFL 5, Stevie Ray made the time to chat with us at LowKick MMA, discussing his finish over Pettis, the rematch, and how he would like to face Alex Martinez in the final fight for the $1 million prize.
“There’s four guys in the tournament,” Stevie Ray began. “One’s beat me (Alex Martinez), and I’ve beat one of them as well (Anthony Pettis). Like I said, I do believe ring rust played a factor in the Martinez fight.”
“I also made some mistakes, like fight IQ and decisions. Like chasing the legs, took too long… Martinez is a good fighter, and he’s a really good guy as well. He’s a really nice guy. He’s one of those guys that, I may be being biased here but, I feel like if I fought him ten times, I’d beat him nine. And he’s obviously won the first one. He’s a good, tough fighter. But I feel maybe I gave the fight (the first one) away.”
Stevie Ray Details the Anthony Pettis Rematch, and PFL Playoffs
“I’ve got Pettis first. I’ve got to get through him again,” Stevie Ray continued. “I cannot look past him. That will be my main thing, just focusing on him. Because he’ll be wanting payback… So, the plan is to beat him again, which I believe I will. Then, I’d like to get my rematch with Martinez. Just to tick that one-off. But, yeah. I’d be happy with whoever.”
‘BraveHeart’ would continue on, talking about how happy he is in the PFL, despite him “spoiling the party,” by defeating Pettis at PFL 5. When asked if it gave him a chip on his shoulder, that PFL favored Pettis with promotional push, he’d say that it did a little.
“To start with I was going to say not really… But, yeah, I suppose a little bit. Because If you go and look on paper, at some of the guy’s I’ve beat, I feel like I’ve maybe not had the push maybe that I’ve deserved… But, hopefully, that’s not the case. Hopefully, that’s what I get now. Hopefully, I’ve kind of just unlocked it now… I said that to Ray (the owner of PFL) as well, I’m your new guy… I always come to fight, I always push for the finish.”
Stevie Ray finished Anthony Pettis via modified twister at PFL 5, but there’s no telling what happens when they rematch in the playoffs. Anthony Pettis is now 2-3 in his last five, and this rematch with ‘BraveHeart’ will no doubt be extremely pivotal.
Check out the full interview below!
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After a stunning submission over Anthony Pettis, Scotland’s very own Stevie Ray stopped by to speak with us at LowKick MMA about the thrilling victory at PFL 5. There was some confusion on what the submission that finished Pettis precisely was, as it was such a rare and unique technique that even the commentators weren’t […]
After a stunning submission over Anthony Pettis, Scotland’s very own Stevie Ray stopped by to speak with us at LowKick MMA about the thrilling victory at PFL 5.
There was some confusion on what the submission that finished Pettis precisely was, as it was such a rare and unique technique that even the commentators weren’t quite sure what it actually was. Thankfully, ‘Braveheart’ cleared that up for us.
“So, it’s a modified twister,” Stevie Ray clarified. “I land it in the gym a lot, it’s a move that I use… Last year I was on Polaris… I submitted another guy, Craig Ewers; a BJJ, and Judo blackbelt, and I got him with it… It was a little bit different because it’s the same from the body triangle with the leg on the inside, but when I did it with Craig Ewers, I done it a little bit more of the traditional way. Like I went under the head, and I’m side on, but it’s still from the body triangle.”
“So yeah, and the other way, again: is when they come up on top,” Ray continued. “And in MMA… they (the opponent) will try and come up on top more often because they’re thinking they’re coming up in a guard…”
Stevie Ray Talks About Planning the Anthony Pettis Submission, Almost Chose a Rear Naked Choke Instead
“It’s a legit move. I planned it. When I had his back, I knew he did that escape. So, at one point I was kind of a bit: ‘Should I let him do it? Should I try and rear-naked choke him?’ and then I was like, ‘You know what, I’m gonna let him come up, and give him it.’”
“Everyone at my gym Higher Level MMA, at home, as soon as I got the body triangle they knew that I was probably gonna hit that. Even though I’ve got to be a bit careful with it in the gym because it’s obviously a brutal submission, I’ve landed it a lot, on most of my training partners.”
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Stevie Ray finished Anthony Pettis 3:57 into round two and proved that bettors were wrong to have him be such a sizable underdog leading into the fight. Now, ‘BraveHeart’ advances into the PFL playoffs, where he meets Anthony Pettis again for a rematch.
Do you think Stevie Ray will defeat Anthony Pettis in the rematch?
Two former UFC fighters faced off on the main card of PFL 5, as Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis took on Scotland’s Stevie Ray. Pettis, a former UFC lightweight champion, went into the fight with Ray as a -200 betting favorite. However, Ray would pick up a massive upset victory in truly impressive fashion. The first round […]
Two former UFC fighters faced off on the main card of PFL 5, as Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis took on Scotland’s Stevie Ray.
Pettis, a former UFC lightweight champion, went into the fight with Ray as a -200 betting favorite. However, Ray would pick up a massive upset victory in truly impressive fashion.
The first round was a competitive affair, with Pettis attempting to put a stamp on it at the end with a typical ‘Showtime’ spinning kick.
However, in the second round, the fight would hit the canvas. Despite Pettis being in top positon, Stevie Ray was able to lock in a modified submission, which some are calling a twister and others a body lock. Regardless of its name, the unique submission attempt was successful and Anthony Pettis was forced to tap out.
This win secured Stevie Ray’s place in the PFL Playoffs, alongside Olivier Aubin Mercier, Alexander Martinez, and Anthony Pettis – who had already secured his place in the playoffs with a first-round finish over Myles Price, prior to the fight with Ray.
Stevie Ray was not the only underdog to pick up a big win at PFL 5
Despite Stevie Ray being priced by the bookies as a +250 underdog, his win was far from the biggest upset on the card.
Heavyweights Bruno Cappelozza and Renan Ferreira were both massive favorites to win their respective bouts. However, both men were handed shocks losses, as Matheus Scheffel and Klidson Abreu both ground out tough decision victories.
On the preliminary card, Juan Adams was also able to pick up an underdog victory, TKOing Sam Kei inside the difference.
If you were looking for slick submissions and brutal knockouts last month, you weren’t disappointed. Let’s take a look back at some of the best MMA finishes of May 2022 from the UFC, Bellator and the PFL. 7. Yoel Romero def. Alex Polizzi — Bellator 280 45-year-old Yoel Romero wound back the clock at Bellator…
If you were looking for slick submissions and brutal knockouts last month, you weren’t disappointed. Let’s take a look back at some of the best MMA finishes of May 2022 from the UFC, Bellator and the PFL.
7. Yoel Romero def. Alex Polizzi — Bellator 280
45-year-old Yoel Romero wound back the clock at Bellator 280 to snatch his first win in over four years. And it came right at the buzzer.
The “Soldier of God” had outclassed Alex Polizzi for most of the fight, having dropped him on four occasions. Then, with just one second on the clock, Romero gave the Parisian crowd what they’d come to see. Surging forward with fists pumping, the Cuban knocked Polizzi to the canvas before finishing the job with a huge right to the temple.
A far cry from Romero’s flying-knee KO’s of old, but still a worthy mention among the best MMA finishes of May 2022.
6. Brandon Royval def. Matthew Schnell — UFC 274
Flyweights Brandon Royval and Matthew Schnell were involved in a quick yet wild encounter at UFC 274. It all seemed to be going Schnell’s way when he dropped Royval and quickly pounced into top position. But that’s when Royval—a man with nine submission wins to his name—got to work.
Schnell soon found himself hopelessly ensnared in Royval’s jiu-jitsu and fending off multiple submission attempts. When those didn’t work, Royval separated and quickly reengaged to lock in a guillotine choke that had Schnell tapping in seconds.
5. Anthony Pettis def. Myles Price — PFL 3
It took him three attempts, but Anthony Pettis finally got his first PFL win in May—and a quick one at that. The 35-year-old started strong against Myles Price, sending him to the canvas with a right uppercut. On top and in control, “Showtime” then got to work.
Price did well to stifle any effective ground and pound and eventually scrambled out from underneath Pettis, then shortly after assumed top position. But “Showtime” used this to his advantage. Rolling Price into a triangle choke, Pettis then transitioned back into top position and squeezed Price into submission with less than a minute left of round one.
4. Andre Fialho def. Cameron VanCamp — UFC 274
Andre Fialho could be the dark horse of the UFC welterweight division, and at UFC 274 he showed why. Fialho took a very measured approach early in his fight with VanCamp, stalking the American down and landing tentative strikes. But when VanCamp clipped Fialho, the Portuguese decided to throw caution to the wind.
His hands opened up and now free flowing, Fialho traded with VanCamp before holding back slightly and allowing the American to take the initiative. And when he did, Fialho landed a left counter that sent VanCamp collapsing to the canvas in stages.
Coming off a 16-second KO win on his UFC debut just three months prior, you couldn’t blame Chidi Njokuani for expecting to make quick work of Dusko Todorovic. But it’s fair to say that for most of this fight, things didn’t go to plan for the former Bellator and Contender Series veteran.
After failing to lock in a guillotine choke early on, a frustrating night of clinching against the fence and fending off single legs seemed destined for Njokuani. That was until “Chidi Bang Bang,” out of nowhere and with just 12 seconds left in the round, produced an elbow animated by such velocity that any follow up strikes were rendered glaringly unnecessary.
Somehow, Charles Oliveira turned one of the most disastrous weeks of his career into a triumph.
It took just over three minutes for the Brazilian to submit Justin Gaethje in their championship bout at UFC 273. And the manner in which he did it all but erased the fact that just a day earlier he’d become the first UFC champ stripped of their title for missing weight.
It was a frenetic, back-and-forth fight while it lasted. Oliveira rocked Gaethje early before the American returned the favor, sending Oliveira sprawling to the canvas. But soon after, the Brazilian took Gaethje’s back, landed some wicked elbows, attempted a triangle choke, and when that didn’t work, sunk in a rear-naked choke to get the win.
Olivera is now in rarefied air atop the UFC record books. His 16 submissions, 19 finishes and 18 bonuses earned in the promotion are unmatched by any fighter. And with 11 consecutive wins, he’s quickly closing in on Anderson Silva’s record of 16.
1. Michael Chandler def. Tony Ferguson — UFC 273
Many of us thought the greatest front-kick KO would forever belong to Anderson Silva. That was until UFC 273, where the best MMA finish of May 2022, and possibly the year, took place.
Eyes widened and lower jaws hurtled to earth when Michael Chandler’s foot made contact with Tony Ferguson’s chin—an impact that warped his face into a frighteningly ghoulish mess before it thudded almost in slow motion to the canvas. So nasty was Chandler’s punt that UFC President Dana White deemed it “the most vicious knockout” he’s ever seen.
Chandler isn’t someone who needs much of an excuse to launch himself into a somersault, and this KO was certainly reason enough to do so. The former Bellator lightweight champ repeatedly hurled himself through the air not meters from the seemingly lifeless Ferguson, who remained laid out unconscious on the canvas for several minutes.
We’d seen Ferguson beaten to a pulp before, namely two fights earlier by Justin Gaethje, but this was the first time he’d been knocked out in his career. And it came after a wild first round in which “El Cucuy” showed flashes of his former brilliance, rocking Chandler several times.
But just when we thought Ferguson might be back on track to challenging the best in the lightweight division, 17 seconds into round two, he was handed his fourth-straight loss with what may turn out to be the knockout of the year.
Do you think these are the best MMA finishes of May 2022? Let us know in the comments.
Former UFC and WEC champion Anthony Pettis and defending PFL heavyweight champion Bruno Cappelozza will headline PFL 5 on June 24th. The PFL announced the full fight card in a press release for the upcoming June 24th event as fighters such as Cappelozza and Pettis push for a playoff spot. Heavyweights and featherweights will be…
Former UFC and WEC champion Anthony Pettis and defending PFL heavyweight champion Bruno Cappelozza will headline PFL 5 on June 24th.
The PFL announced the full fight card in a press release for the upcoming June 24th event as fighters such as Cappelozza and Pettis push for a playoff spot.
Heavyweights and featherweights will be the main features on the card, except for Pettis’ lightweight fight against Stevie Ray. Cappelozza will face Matheus Scheffel, who fell to 2021 runner-up Ante Delija at PFL 2 back in April via a second-round knockout.
Pettis makes his return to the PFL cage after a first-round submission win over Myles Price. He is looking to clinch a playoff spot after failing to reach the PFL postseason last year.
Cappelozza and Pettis’ matchups will be preceded by the return of 2021 featherweight finalist Chris Wade, along with former 145lb champion Lance Palmer. Brendan Loughnane also returns against former Dana White’s Contender Series standout Boston Salmon while Bubba Jenkins faces Saba Bolaghi.
The next three PFL cards, including the June 24th card, will take place in Atlanta, GA at the Overtime Elite Arena.
What are your thoughts on the PFL 5 card on June 24th? What are your predictions for Bruno Cappelozza and Anthony Pettis?
Anthony Pettis had a smile on his face for the entirety of PFL 3 fight week in Arlington, TX. Through Media Day, to the weigh-ins, and more. After appearing to be in the best state mentally and emotionally in a long time, Pettis put it all together with a first-round submission of Myles Price on…
Anthony Pettis had a smile on his face for the entirety of PFL 3 fight week in Arlington, TX. Through Media Day, to the weigh-ins, and more.
After appearing to be in the best state mentally and emotionally in a long time, Pettis put it all together with a first-round submission of Myles Price on Friday night.
Pettis secured his first submission win since 2018 when he finished Michael Chiesa at UFC 226. He’s looking for a season of vengeance in 2022 after falling short in his debut PFL season last year.
Just minutes after his first PFL victory, Pettis spoke about how he embraced the moment as he made his walk to the cage to begin his revenge tour.
“Seeing those fans out there, I almost wanted to cry,” Pettis told MMA News during his PFL post-fight press conference. “The emotion of having that energy again, I haven’t felt that in a long time. The emotion of the fans there. That’s what I feed off of, my name is ‘Showtime’ for a reason. Fans are there, the lights are on, I turn into ‘Showtime’.”
Pettis fell well short of expectations in 2021, suffering losses to Clay Collard and Raush Manfio. After being dubbed by many as the favorite to win the PFL lightweight title, he failed to make the playoffs and saw an early exit from the beginning of his PFL tenure.
Pettis signed with the PFL last year following title runs in the WEC and UFC. He was one of the biggest stars in the UFC during his lightweight title reign, which began with a win over Benson Henderson at UFC 164.
When Pettis is in the right mindset, he remains one of the most dangerous competitors in the sport. After earning six points and taking the early lead in the PFL lightweight standings, he’ll look to bring plenty of encores for ‘Showtime’ going forward.
What were your thoughts on Anthony Pettis’ performance at PFL 3?