Rory MacDonald Hits Back At Idea Struggling Pettis Should Retire

PFL welterweight finalist Rory MacDonald feels Anthony Pettis and other struggling veterans should be treated with compassion by fans. MacDonald is set to face Dilano Taylor this Saturday in the PFL Playoffs in Cardiff, Wales. He holds the No. 1 seed i…

PFL welterweight finalist Rory MacDonald feels Anthony Pettis and other struggling veterans should be treated with compassion by fans. MacDonald is set to face Dilano Taylor this Saturday in the PFL Playoffs in Cardiff, Wales. He holds the No. 1 seed in the playoffs following a submission of Brett Cooper and a controversial loss to…

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Photo: Anthony Pettis broke both his hands in second defeat to Stevie Ray at PFL Playoffs

Anthony Pettis, Stevie RayAnthony Pettis lost out for a second time to Stevie Ray at the 2022 PFL Playoffs. This past Friday, Pettis returned to the octagon for an immediate rematch with Ray just six weeks separated from their first outing this year in June. The former UFC lightweight champion failed to avenge his loss as he lost […]

Anthony Pettis, Stevie Ray

Anthony Pettis lost out for a second time to Stevie Ray at the 2022 PFL Playoffs.

This past Friday, Pettis returned to the octagon for an immediate rematch with Ray just six weeks separated from their first outing this year in June. The former UFC lightweight champion failed to avenge his loss as he lost out by unanimous decision at PFL Playoffs 1 from inside Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Anthony Pettis broke both his hands in the second defeat to Stevie Ray at PFL Playoffs

In their first clash, Ray managed to submit Pettis in round two via a modified body triangle. It was evident from the get-go in their rematch that Ray was looking to replicate his highlight-reel finish. Ray kept closing the distance and attempting takedowns. However, his motive to get a takedown was not targeted for ground and pound, but instead to take Pettis’ back.

Ray did well to lure Pettis into the trap but “Showtime” was determined to not succumb to the same move again. The 32-year-old Scot not only broke Pettis’ hopes of getting closer to the $1 million prize, but he also shattered his hands.

Pettis took to Twitter to share the update, writing: “2 broken hands SMH.”

Following his departure from the UFC in Dec. 2020, Pettis has gone 1-4 in his last five outings since joining the PFL. His sole win came over Myles Price, whom he finished in the opening round in May.

Although Pettis is past his prime, he continues to be a fan favorite and received a standing ovation from the arena during his walk-in. He showed signs of flair with some fast head kicks but failed to do significant damage. Considering how big of a name he still is in the sport, it’s likely he is still fighting in the promotion for the paycheck instead of the tournament prize.

Exclusive | Stevie Ray Details Anthony Pettis Rematch, Hopes to Face Alex Martinez in PFL Playoff Finals

Stevie Ray Anthony Pettis rematchAfter 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 […]

Stevie Ray Anthony Pettis rematch

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!

What do you think happens when Anthony Pettis and Stevie Ray throw down for the second time?

Ray Cooper III Rips MMA Judging: ‘They’re Ruining People’s Lives’

Ray Cooper IIIPFL welterweight king Ray Cooper III is primed and ready ahead of his highly-anticipated playoff bout with Rory MacDonald, and he isn’t planning on leaving it in the judges’ hands. Following the cancellation of the 2020 PFL season, Cooper came into 2021 as almost a forgotten champion in the midst of the hype surrounding MacDonald’s […]

Ray Cooper III

PFL welterweight king Ray Cooper III is primed and ready ahead of his highly-anticipated playoff bout with Rory MacDonald, and he isn’t planning on leaving it in the judges’ hands.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 PFL season, Cooper came into 2021 as almost a forgotten champion in the midst of the hype surrounding MacDonald’s signing with the league. Cooper responded to the forgetful fans by earning back-to-back dominant victories over Jason Ponet and Nikolay Aleksakhin in the regular season.

Many believed that Cooper and MacDonald were destined to meet in the PFL finals this season, but everything changed after MacDonald’s controversial loss to Gleison Tibau in the season finale. MacDonald fell to the former UFC lightweight Tibau by decision despite seemingly dominating the fight in every aspect from start to finish.

Joao Zeferino ended up earning the top overall seed, while MacDonald and Cooper fell to seeds 2 and 3 respectively. While he doesn’t feel any ill-will towards MacDonald, he’s looking to beat him in style.

“I’m a bad matchup for him,” MacDonald said in an exclusive interview with LowKickMMA. “The pressure will be a problem for him and I can’t wait to knock him out.”

Cooper and MacDonald fought on the same card in the PFL regular-season finale, and the Hawaiian-born welterweight got the chance to watch the MacDonald vs. Tibau fight shortly after his own. Many around the MMA community thought it was a clear robbery to give Tibau the win on the judges’ scorecard, and Cooper is not a fan of the current system.

Cooper’s style is aggressive and forward-pushing, leading to a plethora of finishes over his career and dominant victories. He agrees with MacDonald that things need to change when it comes to how fights are scored going forward.

“These judges aren’t fighters, they don’t know any aspect of the game,” Cooper said. “It’s a tough topic because these guys are ruining people’s lives with their decision-making. They don’t know what the hell they’re doing. It’s weird, and someone needs to change this.”

Cooper will have a chance to earn a second-straight PFL welterweight crown, but first, he must work past the fan-favorite MacDonald in the semifinals on Aug. 13.

What are your thoughts on the current state of judging in MMA?