The first round had Ray throwing a lot of inside leg kicks, while Ayari was able to pick him apart with his boxing. Round one goes to Ayari. Round two was more of the same, with Ray sticking with his leg kick attack, and Ayari was picking him apart with his boxing. I have Ayari ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Stevie Ray seems to be having trouble with the size of Jessin Ayari.
     Ray continued to destroy the lead leg of Ayari with big kicks in the third round, and that opened up some opportunities to land punches. I thought Ray did enough to win the third round, but I'm expecting this to be a 29-28 decision for Ayari. All 3 judges scored the fight for Stevie Ray, with one judge giving him all 3 rounds. I'm shocked by that decision, but I'm glad he won, because he was on a 2-Fight losing streak going into this fight. Congrats to Ray for the much needed win.
Decision (Split)
      The first round had both guys hopping around a lot, without much action at all. Johnson was circling around the outside the entire time, Ray controlled the center of the cage, and they both landed a handful of solid kicks, but a "handful of kicks" doesn't go very far when you spread them out over a 5 minute period. I don't think either fighter did enough to win that opening round.
     The second round started the same way, a lot of hopping around, and then they traded some strikes, Johnson rocked Ray, shot for a takedown, Ray caught him in a guillotine choke, and had it locked out for a few seconds, but Johnson was able to pull his head free, and then they stood up, and Johnson pressed Ray against the fence for some basic clinch striking, before tripping him to the ground. Ray stood back up, Johnson kept him pressed against the fence, Ray hit Johnson with some elbows to the side of the head, and then he took down Johnson, and then they both stood back up and reset with 90 seconds left in the round. Ray threw some big punches, blasted Johnson with a hard leg kick, and then took down Johnson against the fence with 30 seconds left in the round. Ray threw a few short punches, they both scrambled around for a few seconds, and Ray capped off the round with an awkward elbow to Johnson's butt. I'm giving that round to Ray.
     Ray continued to pressure Johnson in the final round, and he clipped him with some nice combinations. He clipped Johnson, he went in for the kill, and Johnson shot for a desperate takedown, they both scrambled around for control, Ray went for a kneebar, and then Johnson pulled his leg free around the halfway mark of the final round, resulting in Johnson securing top control inside Ray's guard. The referee got bored, stood them up, Ray blasted Johnson with some punches, and then scored a big takedown with a minute left in the round. Ray spent the rest of the round punching Johnson in the face while grinding him against the fence. I'm giving that round to Ray, and I'm scoring the fight 29-28 for Stevie Ray. Nope... The judges were split, and gave the decision to Johnson, and then he talked shit to the audience about how it was the greatest fight of all time, even though the fight sucked pretty hard.
KO (Elbows)
      This fight started with both guys trading some random strikes, with Felder landing the cleaner shots, and then Ray clinched one minute into the round, and pressed Felder against the fence. They traded control of the clinch for a minute or so, and Felder landed a couple of hard knees to Ray's body. Ray dropped down for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, but Felder stuffed the shot without much of an issue. The control of the clinch was pretty even for the most part, but Felder was the only one landing any strikes, including a hard elbow to Ray's head. Felder dropped Ray with a big knee with 90 seconds left in the round, and then he jumped on him, and landed some big punches. Ray was able to recover, as he pulled half guard, but Felder continued to drop some big elbows & punches, until he eventually knocked out Stevie Ray with a pair of brutal elbows. That was a fantastic finish for Paul Felder, in a really important fight for him. Congrats to Paul Felder for being the first person to ever knockout Stevie Ray.
Decision (Majority)
      Ray landed a few strikes, and then Lauzon caught a kick and took down Ray against the fence, but he popped back up immediately. Lauzon whipped Ray to the ground and tried to take his back one minute into the round, and Ray started digging for a leg lock. Lauzon took his back in the process, and slapped on a rear-naked choke. He didn't quite have it though, so he spun around and passed to full mount, where he dropped some elbows. Ray was able to secure half guard, but Lauzon was still blasting him with some brutal elbows. Ray continued to scramble around, and Lauzon continued to drop big elbows. They continued to scramble, and Lauzon continued to beat up Ray on the ground. You could almost make an argument for a 10-8 round for Lauzon here, under the new rules, but Tennessee doesn't use the new rules, so I'm calling it 10-9 for Lauzon. Lauzon landed a brutal elbow to finish the round that made a huge thud/crack sound that sounded like a tree being chopped down by a rock. That very well could be 10-8 for Lauzon.
     The second round was basically a boxing match, with Lauzon looking a little sluggish, which allowed Ray to crack his head with some hard combinations. Lauzon shot for another takedown 2 minutes into the round, and Ray stuffed the shot and reset back in the center of the cage. Lauzon landed a few decent shots, but Ray was landing at will, with punches, elbows, and a few knees. Ray threw a kick (which his corner told him to avoid), and Lauzon caught it and took him down halfway through the round. Lauzon wasn't as effective from the top this round, but he was still able to smother Ray for half of the round, so... I'm giving that round to Ray for the strikes in the first half of the round, but I can see a lot of people scoring the round for Lauzon's top control. Ray dropped back for an ankle lock with 30 seconds left in the round, but Lauzon didn't seem too concerned. I have the score 19-18 for Lauzon going into the final round, but the scorecards could be all over the place at this point.
     Ray continued to beat up Lauzon on the feet in the third round, while stuffing Lauzon's takedown attempts. Lauzon finally took him down again halfway through the round, and tried to work some basic ground & pound, but Ray was chopping up Lauzon's head with hard elbows, and he was landing a LOT of elbows, so in my opinion, even though Lauzon was on top, Ray was winning from the bottom with those elbows. They stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round, and Ray pressed Lauzon against the fence, and beat him up from inside the clinch. Ray opened up with some big punch combinations in the final 45 seconds of the round, as he was clearly looking for the finish, while Lauzon just covered up and prayed for the buzzer to sound. I have a feeling this fight will be a draw, but I'm tempted to give the win to Ray. Two judges agreed with me, and one called it a draw, giving the majority decision to Stevie Ray.
Decision (Split)
      The first round had both guys trading really hard kicks, and a few halfway decent punches, but for the most part, not a lot was happening in between the few big strikes. Ray shot for a takedown with 20 seconds or so left in the round, he picked Pearson up in the air, and slammed the shit out of him. That one slam was enough to steal the round for Ray. I'm not sure who was winning the round before that happened, but Ray pretty clearly won that round with the takedown.
     They continued to trade those random strikes in the second round, until Ray shot for another takedown 90 seconds into the round, pressing Pearson up against the fence in the clinch. They split up and continued to trade with those random strikes for the rest of the round. This fight is making me a little tired. Not due to the heavy action, but due to the fact that they're mostly just sparring with each other, and this is going to be a long night of fights, since there's another UFC event happening immediately after this one ends. I don't really care who won the second round to be honest. Ray probably won, due to landing the cleaner shots, but neither fighter really looks like they WANT the win all that much.
     Pearson looked like he was a little more aggressive coming out for the final round, and he landed a really heavy leg kick in the first minute of the round, but after that, they went back to their basic sparring exchanges. Ray threw a hard body kick, Pearson caught it and countered it with a flying knee. They continued to trade strikes at a fairly decent pace until the end of the round. I'd probably score that round for Pearson, which would make the fight kind of close, but I'm expecting Ray to probably win this fight, at least 29-28, if not 30-27. Uh... One of the judges gave all 3 rounds to Pearson? I'm so fucking confused. Congrats to Ray for the split-decision victory.
      Patrick started this fight by shooting for an explosive takedown, ripping Ray across the cage to the ground, but Ray immediately stood back up. Patrick took him down again with a trip against the fence. Ray stood back up quickly, while Patrick tried to cling to his back, with sort of a side clinch. Patrick yanked him to the ground, and Ray landed in full mount. Patrick tried to sweep him, and Ray slapped on an armbar, Patrick stood up, and Ray was basically standing on his head while cranking on that armbar. He eventually had to let go, and Patrick just pressed him against the fence. They clinched, they went to the ground with an ugly scramble, and Patrick ended up inside Ray's guard halfway through the opening round. Ray landed some elbows from his back, Patrick stood up, and dropped a big hammerfist while dropping himself into Ray's half guard. Patrick passed to side control with a minute left in the round. They scrambled around, Ray went for a guillotine choke, but Patrick pased to the side to avoid any danger. Patrick tried to drop some elbows, but Ray did a good job avoiding damage on the ground. Round one goes to Patrick.
     Patrick landed a big overhand right to start the second round, and then immediately shot for another takedown, dragging Ray to the ground near the fence again just 20 seconds into the second round. Patrick landed some short elbows from half mount, while smothering Ray against the fence on the ground. Patrick grabbed the fence to held himself stay in control, which I think the referee warned him for in Portuguese. Patrick tried to pin one of Ray's arms with his knee, and Ray basically just held on with his guard, avoiding too much damage, but Patrick is clearly in full control in this fight. Patrick spun around and grabbed Ray's back with half a round to go. Ray spun around and regained his guard. The referee warned them that they need more action, Patrick landed a punch and then just laid there, so the referee stood them up with 90 seconds left in the round. Ray landed a big punch, Patrick shot for a takedown, Ray used a front choke to flip him and then he took Patrick's back with 45 seconds left in the round. Ray had one of Patrick's arms pinned inside his body triangle, so Ray was free to unload with short punches from back control until the end of the round. That round will probably go to Patrick for 3:30 of top control, but you could argue that Ray might have done more damage in the last 90 seconds. Close round, but Patrick is probably ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Patrick clipped Ray with a big punch to start the final round, and then grabbed the quick body lock and took Ray to the ground again, but Ray immediately started digging for a kneebar as Patrick held onto his hips from behind. Ray had to give up the leg lock, so Patrick just ended up back on top inside Ray's guard one minute into the final round. Patrick basically just pressed Ray into the fence while landing very short punches to the body and some stuff like that, but he still wasn't really doing any damage or working to advance at all. Ray went for a Kimura with 2 minutes left in the round, but he really wasn't in position to crank on it at all. Patrick ended up working for a Kimura of his own from half mount up against the fence. The round ended with Patrick on top, cranking on that arm lock, without really making any progress with it. Solid show of grappling control by Patrick, but a pretty boring fight overall. Congrats to Patrick for a big decision victory.
      The first round was a pretty basic boxing match. Lebout landed a few decent shots, but Ray's left hand rocked Lebout a few times, and he also landed some decent kicks. The first round goes to Stevie Ray. The second round was more of the same, with both guys throwing punches & kicks, with Ray delivering more noteworthy shots. They clinched a few times, and Ray did a good job staying on his feet, and keeping Lebout away from him. The first two rounds go to Stevie Ray. The final round was more of the same, Stevie Ray looked like he was playing it kind of safe, and Lebout clearly wanted to finish the fight, but I still think Ray won that final round, especially since in the final 5 seconds, he picked Lebout up in the air, and dumped him on his head. Pretty decent fight, I'm shocked that Ray didn't finish the fight, but a solid performance none-the-less, with the pretty clear cut unanimous decision victory.
TKO (Punches)
      BOOM! I'm loving these fights! Ray got a little bit head kick happy early in this fight, but once he started landing his hands on Mafra, he rocked him hard, and then he chased him down, it got a little wild with both guys throwing bombs, but Mafra's legs were weak, and Ray put him down with some brutal punch combinations. I REALLY like this Stevie Ray guy, he's fucking awesome, and it was cool seeing him get a big finish like this in his home country of Scotland. Awesome fight overall, while it lasted.
TKO (Punches)
      Here we are with another undercard fight that I don't really care about, BUT! Apparently Bandel was the favorite going into this fight, since Ray took the fight on short notice, but Ray pretty much handed him his ass, completely dominating the grappling game in the first round, almost finishing the fight with an arm-triangle choke, and the second round had Ray dominating again, eventually getting the mount, and finishing the fight via some hard punches on the ground. Steven Ray looks pretty legit.