Stevie Ray does it again and defeats Anthony Pettis. This time the victory sends “Braveheart” into the PFL Championship. Now set for a showdown. Stevie looks to go all the way and be crowned the 2022 Lightweight champion in his first attempt.
Round one sees Stevie maintain composure and look to press the action. He hit Pettis with some great one-twos before securing a takedown at around the two-minute mark and controlling the round.
The second begins with Ray eating a huge head kick. Unfazed by the strike he pushed forward and got Pettis in a clinch. Securing a takedown, his strong grappling saw him control the round comfortably.
Stevie once again presses forward and attempts to grapple. He finds success once again and controls most of the round. He wins the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) with a perfect game plan.
Next for Stevie will be a new challenge for the Scot. Across the cage from him in the final will be Canada’s Olivier Aubin-Mercier. Olivier won earlier in the night defeating Ray’s former opponent Alex Martinez. It was a dominant performance that saw him earn the decision. With all three judges scoring it to the Canadian Gangster.
This could arguably be Stevie’s toughest test to date. Both are former UFC alumni. Auban-Mercier has been undefeated since leaving the promotion.
Joining PFL last year, he has gone 5-0 in the organisation. Full of talent and providing both a grappling and stand-up threat, the Lightweight final will be a banger.
Stevie Ray enters the final off the back of a pair of wins over former UFC champion Anthony Pettis. Looking to continue his fine form, he will need to be at his best to earn 2022 PFL gold.
The championship matches will come at PFL 10. Taking place on November 25th later this year. This gives Stevie over three months to prepare.
Can Stevie Ray become the 2022 PFL Lightweight champion?
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