Former Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion and 11-fight UFC vet Stevie Ray announced his retirement from MMA on Monday. The 30-year-old Scottish fighter cited issues with his left knee that has forced him to retire.
“So basically, I’m retiring from MMA because of my knee,” said Ray via Facebook on Monday.
Ray mentioned that he has had three different surgeries on his knee in the past.
“The fight camps were pretty much a nightmare,” said Ray, mentioning specifically that he would have trouble with wrestling and throwing kicks.
Ray fought 32 times in his career, winning 23 of those matchups. He captured the Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship in 2014, defending it once before making his UFC debut in 2015.
Ray’s last fight came in October of 2019, picking up a decision victory over Michael Johnson. Ray described the win as “probably the biggest” of his career.
The retirement for Ray is an abrupt one, ending his career without an official final bout. He personally didn’t see the value in fighting again, even if it was for more money.
“To go in and lose your fight just for a paycheck … I don’t even think that would be worth it,” said Ray.
Ray plans to continue working for his gym, Braveheart MMA, in the United Kingdom.