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See how the MMA community reacted to Stevie Ray defeating Anthony Pettis yet again, this time as part of the PFL Playoffs

Lightning has struck twice for Stevie Ray. For the second time in a span of fewer than two months, he has beaten Anthony Pettis — and this time it puts him one step closer to the 2022 PFL lightweight championship.

Ray will now fight Olivier Aubin-Mercier following his win over Alex Martinez in the evening’s other PFL lightweight semifinal bout.

After Ray brought pressure early, Pettis found himself in trouble late in the opening round, taken down by Ray. Ray locked Pettis in a deep north-south choke that seemed like it could put the former UFC champion out. Pettis, to his credit, powered out and threw a small flurry before the end of the first.

Pettis, however, wasn’t the more aggressive one in the second round. In fact, Ray managed to get him down again and got to Pettis’s back, where he stayed until the round’s end.

Even with his back to the wall, Pettis didn’t seem to get anything going in the final round, with Ray briefly taking him down again. Pettis attempted a small flurry in the closing seconds, but it was for naught.

PFL Playoffs: Twitter reacts to Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray

Thats the biggest win of Stevie Rays career. Calm, composed performance by "Braveheart" to score back-to-back victories over Anthony Pettis and earn his spot in the $1 million @PFLMMA lightweight final. #PFLPlayoffs

— Simon Head (@simonhead) August 6, 2022

Pretty good fight again between Stevie Ray and Anthony Pettis. This time it goes to the judges and Stevie does it AGAIN! That was a massive fight for his career. But I have to ask what does this mean for Showtime? He’s now 1-4 during his two years in the PFL…#PFLPlayoffs

— Below Average Joe’s MMA Podcast (@BAJ_MMAPodcast) August 6, 2022

So now Pettis comes out and says his ribs were actually injured after the twister?#PFL7 #PFLPlayoffs

— Knockout MMA (@KO_MMA_Picks) August 6, 2022

Snooze fest. Ray gets the W. Well deserved. #PFLPlayoffs

— Charlie Quinn (@CharlieQuinnMMA) August 6, 2022

Nah fam that’s a bs win. Fair enough with the ground control and takedowns, but there was no damage whatsoever. Pettis defended the submissions well and better on the feet #PFLPlayoffs

— Munna (@Munzi100) August 6, 2022

@StevenRayMMA done what was needed to secure the dub #PFLPlayoffs

— Douqie (@ScoMMA7) August 6, 2022

Time for Stevie to get that $1mil ???????????????????????????? #PFLPlayoffs

— Jordan (@Durkin_94) August 6, 2022

what happened to Pettis? #PFLPlayoffs

— RICARDO (@richard_raina) August 6, 2022

Another close loss for the former UFC champ. Dude has all the tools but just cant pull the trigger when in the cage. Hard to see. #PFLChampionship#PFLPlayoffs

— Blocking Sled (@blocking_sled) August 6, 2022

Ray and Pettis battled at PFL 5 on June 24, with Ray locking Pettis in a rare twister submission hold to score a second-round victory.

Ray’s first regular-season bout at PFL 1 ended in a unanimous decision loss to Alexander Martinez.

On the same card, Pettis scored a first-round submission of Myles Price.

Next: PFL Playoffs: Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray results [UPDATED LIVE] PFL Playoffs: Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray takes place on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, live from Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Follow along with FanSided MMA who is on-site for all your news and highlights.

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NBA retires Bill Russells No. 6 league-wide: Celtics fans, NBA Twitter show appreciation

After the death of Bill Russell, the NBA has retired the Celtics legend’s No. 6 league-wide, the first time in history that’s ever been done. 

The NBA is still mourning the loss of one of basketball’s undeniable legends in Bill Russell after he passed away on July 31 at the age of 88 at his Washington home. There was an outpouring of love for the greatest winner in sports history from Boston Celtics fans and basketball fans as a collective.

But now the league has made a decision that will honor Bill Russell for as long as the league is around.

On Thursday, the league announced that Russell’s iconic No. 6 would be retired throughout the NBA, making Russell the first player in history to receive the league-wide honor of having his number retired.

The NBA will retire Bill Russells No. 6 league-wide, the league and NBPA announced.

Russell becomes the first player in NBA history to have his jersey retired across the Association.

— ESPN (@espn) August 11, 2022

Celtics fans, NBA Twitter show love to NBA for retiring Bill Russell’s number

The love that was shown for Russell after his death was continued further by fans around the league as they showed their appreciation and reverence for one of the all-time greats and to the league for honoring him in this way.

This is absolutely fabulous news!!! Recognizing Bill Russell for his value as one of the all-time greats of the game of basketball ????????, along with the great good he brought to the sport, the league, and American society as a human rights advocate is so good. #GOAT

Kudos @NBA!!!

— Phil Francisco ???????? ???????? (@frisco0303) August 11, 2022

— Puffymonsta (@Puffymonsta) August 11, 2022

Shouldve happened about 20 years ago when he could have been there, but better late than never ????☘️

— JMez (@moozmo) August 11, 2022

My grandfather would have loved this move. He was a very old-school guy who had Russell over Jordan in the GOAT conversation.

— AH/DB (@AustinH_ATX) August 11, 2022


All deserving of this honor

— Timothy (@NYRangers68) August 11, 2022

Respect to the pioneer and basketball legend that Bill Russell is to have this done. May his soul Rest In Peace and his legacy live on forever.

— Collins (@AnionDon) August 11, 2022

The right call ????

— ⚔️ Sean, An Incubus in Human Skin ⚔️ (@SeanofNothing) August 11, 2022

Beautiful! ????????????????????

— Mr. D Radio (@MrDRadio) August 11, 2022

Was most def the right thing to do.

— Donyell Marshall (@Dmarsh42) August 11, 2022

As it should be!

— Maté Magyar (@MateMagyar) August 11, 2022

Russell’s accomplishments are near unparalleled in all of sports. During his illustrious career with the Celtics, he won 11 NBA Championships, including three as a player-coach. He was also a five-time MVP of the league.

Beyond that, though, Russell’s philanthropic endeavors were seemingly endless and wonderfully impactful. So much so that he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 by Barack Obama.

As for the retirement of his number, it was noted that players who already wear No. 6 — most notably LeBron James — will be grandfathered in and can continue to wear the number, but after they move on or change their number, it will never be worn again.

If anyone was going to be given this honor, it deserved to be Bill Russell.

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