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    In an emotional post-fight interview, PFL world title contender Stevie Ray voiced his opinion on Anthony Pettis’ future in MMA. One of the lightweights on his way to the PFL championship had some choice words for former UFC sensation Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (25-14). In his PFL playoffs post-fight interview, Stevie “Braveheart” Ray (25-10) told FanSided MMA that he believes Pettis should look outside of fighting regarding his career choice. After losing to Ray twice in a row, resulting in a PFL record of 1-4, Pettis’ decline has been the topic of much debate among the mixed martial arts community. A former UFC champin, Pettis has provided lackluster performances since joining the Professional Fighters League. “He’s just lost his last two, but it’s both to me … I’m sure he’s pretty rich, he probably doesn’t have to fight. So, he’s got kids. I would maybe say that, maybe he should look to go down a different kind of avenue,” Ray said. “I mean, I’m sure he’s got his own promotion, he’s got his own management. He’s a pretty good-looking guy. I’m sure...
    STEVIE RAY was forced to announce his MMA retirement after being told he would never fight again - now he is one win away from $1million. The Scottish lightweight in 2020 hung up his UFC gloves despite beating Michael Johnson, the biggest victory of his career at the time. 2Stevie Ray booked his place in the PFL finalCredit: Professional Fighters League Chronic knee problems left doctors warning Ray his days as a fighter were finished, with over a decade of work coming to a sudden close. That was until Ray made a comeback this year and signed with the Professional Fighters League. And following qualification into their semi-finals, he found himself in a rematch against ex-UFC champion Anthony Pettis. Ray did the double over Pettis with two wins in six weeks, booking his place in the PFL final where only one win stands in his way of the $1m cheque. READ MORE IN SPORTRAY TO GO Pettis loses PFL semi-final with Scotland's Ray into $1m finale fight And with so much to play for ahead...
    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...
    ANTHONY PETTIS was beaten once again by Scotland's Stevie Ray - who is one win away from winning $1million. Ray faced ex-UFC champion Pettis in New York, just six months after beating the American in Atlanta. And his rematch win puts the lightweight in the Professional Fighters League's final in November. The PFL is MMA's only league format, consisting of a two-bout regular season where points are earned per method of victory. Then, the top four in each weight progress into the knockout stages which is a semis and final. Ray lost his regular season opener but beat Pettis in his second fight by second-round submission, earning him five points. That was enough to qualify him into the last four where he would need to rematch Pettis. And Ray did the double over the MMA veteran, winning a unanimous points verdict. Canada's Olivier Aubin-Mercier now awaits in the final, where the $1m cash prize and championship belt will be on the line. Most read in SportMALL SCARE NASCAR champion and family escape...
    Stevie Ray advances to finals after defeating Anthony Pettis again (Video) On Friday, August 5, 2022, the first round of PFL playoffs took place with the lightweights and light heavyweights squaring off for their chance at $1 million. In the main event, a rematch between former UFC champion Anthony Pettis and Stevie Ray was showcased with Pettis hoping to prove lighting couldn’t strike twice for Ray. The second fight went longer than the first with the fight getting out of the first round this time, nearly repeating the submission in the first. But unfortunately for Pettis, Ray was clearly the better fighter on Friday night. The former champion was dominated on all counts. Stevie Ray looks for the Twister once again!#PFLPlayoffs LIVE on ESPN & ESPN+???? https://t.co/jPNvomkWj8 pic.twitter.com/qZV7IcaImd — PFL (@PFLMMA) August 6, 2022 Who will be fighting in the 2022 PFL finals? With Olivier Aubin-Mercier’s win and Ray’s win, they will face off for the finals on Nov. 25. Joining them in the finals are the light heavyweight fighters Rob Wilkinson and Omari Akhmedov. Next: PFL Playoffs full results
    PFL Playoffs: Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray live results. It’s time for the 2022 PFL postseason to begin! August marks the PFL‘s playoff period, and for the next three weeks, fighters will duke it out inside the cage to determine who will meet in the promotion’s $1 million championship matchups come Thanksgiving weekend. This week’s focus will be on the lightweight and light heavyweight divisions, with the main event featuring former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis taking on Stevie Ray in one of the 155-pound semifinal matchups. The two met in the main event of PFL 5, a little more than a month ago, with Ray scoring a rare twister submission on Pettis. The other lightweight matchup will see UFC veteran Olivier Aubin-Mercier taking on Alex Martinez. Meanwhile, the light heavyweight scene will be featured in the co-main event when Josh Silveira takes on Omari Akhmedov, with the other 205-pound matchup being Rob Wilkinson taking on Delan Monte.PFL Playoffs Main Card (ESPN/ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray Omari Akhmedov vs. Josh Silveira Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Alex Martinez Rob...
    THE Professional Fighters League has reached its semi-final stage with stars just TWO wins away from the $1million prize. The PFL consists of a two-bout regular season and then playoff format. 5Anthony Pettis and Stevie Ray are set to rematch Fighters in each division earn points per method of victory in the opening two fights, with the top four qualifying. And the lightweight stage is set in New York with the final four bidding to progress into the showpiece finale. Here, SunSport runs down the remaining contenders all in it to win it. Anthony Pettis Pettis has become the poster boy of PFL since leaving the UFC in 2021 but his first season ended without qualification. But this year, the American's first-round finish of Myles Price earned him six points, which was enough to go through. That is despite losing his second regular season bout to Scotsman Stevie Ray, who won via second-round submission. Coincidentally, the pair are now set to rematch, only six weeks after their first fight. 5Anthony Pettis was...
    PFL 7: Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray 2 weigh-in results. The 2022 PFL Playoffs begin on Friday, Aug. 5, at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY. The first playoffs will be the lightweights and light heavyweights. The top four fighters in each weight class will compete to determine who will be the two finalists in line for their respective 2022 championships and $1 million prize. Headlining the card are lightweights Anthony Pettis and Stevie Ray, facing off in a rematch of their June 24 fight. The bout saw Ray pull off a rare, modified twister over Pettis in the second round. Pettis and Ray are the No. 1. and No. 4 seeds, earning 6 and 5 points, respectively. Both enter the playoffs having gone 1-1 in the season with Pettis defeating Myles Price via first-round triangle and Ray losing to fellow semifinalist Alexander Martinez via unanimous decision. The other lightweight playoff bout will be Olivier Aubin-Mercier taking on Alexander Martinez. The No. 2 and No. 3 seeds went 2-0 in the regular season with both scoring two decisions for six...
    Anthony Pettis is ready for his PFL semifinal against Stevie Ray, even though he is an underdog. The PFL season is in full swing and the fighters of the lightweight division are getting ready for the semifinals. Maybe the most recognizable fighter in the division is former UFC champion, Anthony Pettis. When Pettis signed with the PFL he has certainly considered a favorite, but unfortunately for him, the fights have not all gone his way. He is now an underdog coming into his fight against Stevie Ray on August 5 at PFL 7. “I like being the underdog actually and I think for my career I was an underdog a lot, you know, going into my title fights in the UFC and even WEC I was the underdog so I have my back against the wall. I think in this format and like I said having them two flights booked back to back knowing I had a guaranteed playoff spot. It made that last one just a little cloudy. I had never been in that position before and you know,...
    Here are the PFL 2022 Playoffs: Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray odds breakdown.  Now that the regular season has wrapped up, it’s time for the PFL playoffs and a million-dollar prize. Eight lightweight and light heavyweight fighters will begin their playoff run on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, live from the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The fight card consists of 11 bouts currently, starting at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+, with the main card airing at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN &  ESPN+. The featured lightweight playoff bout is a rematch from the regular season between Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray. Ray pulled off a twister submission in the second round to get the victory back in June. Both fighters are UFC veterans, Pettis being the more well-known, is only 1-3 in the PFL and looking for redemption. Ray is out to prove the first fight was no fluke. Olivier Aubin-Mercier faces off against Alex Martinez in the other lightweight semifinal. Aubin-Mercier impressively dispatched two former PFL champions in the regular season. Martinez also made his mark with a...
    Paddy Pimblett can look outside the UFC for a potential fight with a familiar foe. PFL is back with the lightweight and light heavyweight divisions kicking things off with the start of two tournaments on Friday, Aug. 5. The card will be headlined by a big rematch between Stevie Ray and former UFC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis. Ray’s eyes aren’t just on the fight coming his way against Pettis, but he’s watching another up-and-comer in the sport closely, Paddy Pimblett. “There’s definitely some holes to his game just like every fighter,” Ray told FanSided. “But the hype is real, he talks the talk and he’s been backing it up.” They faced each other in a popular grappling competition, Polaris, where Ray picked up the victory. “I beat him in a grappling competition, not quite MMA but we’re the same weight. I’m probably being biased but I believe that I could beat him whether it’s on the feet or on the ground in an MMA fight as well,” Ray said. “But never say never, I’m in my prime, I’m healthy and the...
    SOFT spoken MMA star Stevie Ray joked he needs some trash-talking lessons from Conor McGregor - and would be a big spender like the Irishman too.  Ray has qualified for the Professional Fighters League last four, where he is two wins away from the $1million prize cheque.  3Stevie Ray joked he needs some trash-talking lessons from Conor McGregor 3UFC star Conor McGregor pictured in 2017Credit: Getty Images - Getty And after beating ex-UFC champion Anthony Pettis in July, to book his semi-final spot, the quiet Scot said he could do with having a loud mouth like McGregor.  But the humble lightweight admitted the fear of sounding too brash refrains him from stealing the show on the microphone . Ray, 32, told SunSport: “Sometimes I’m a bit too humble after my fights.  “I always just thanking my family, my friends and yeah, just sometimes I think I just need to say what’s on my mind.  READ MORE IN SPORTFIGHT BACK Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk free bets and sign up offers for Saudi rematchON THE RAY UP Stevie Ray eyes...
    STEVIE RAY is eyeing double history as Britain’s first MMA world champion since Michael Bisping - and only ever Professional Fighters League winner.  Manchester’s Bisping in 2016 cemented his place in history as the first from the UK to win UFC gold.  4Scottish MMA Stevie Ray is out to win the $1m PFL seasonCredit: Getty 4Michael Bisping won UFC gold in 2016Credit: Getty - Contributor No one since has achieved the same in the UFC or with any of the other major promotions across the world.  But Scotland’s Ray, in the semi-final of the PFL’s 2022 season, is ready to change that.  He faces Anthony Pettis - a former UFC champion - in a rematch on Saturday and a win puts him in the PFL finale fight, where $1million is up for grabs.  So for Ray, he has the chance to put himself next to Bisping in the history books, and do so $1m richer.  He told SunSport: “I think there’s only been one, and that’s Michael Bisping in terms of MMA world champion.  “Obviously, you’ve got some boxers that...
    Here’s all you need to know about the PFL Playoffs and how to watch. The Pro Fighter League is entering their 2022 Playoffs this week, with Anthony Pettis taking on Stevie Ray in the main event with the winner moving on to the finals of the 2022 PFL Lightweight Tournament. This is an interesting development for Pettis, who is just 1-3 in his PFL career but is 1-1 on the season, giving him enough points to make the playoff, with a chance at the PFL lightweight championship and $1 million. This is a rematch as well, with Ray and Pettis having met before on June 24, 2022, where Ray was able to secure the win with a body triangle. The other lightweight semi-final will see Olivier Aubin-Mercier take on Alex Martinez, with the winner going to the finals to face the winner of Ray vs. Pettis. The light heavyweights will also secure their finalists for the 2022 season, as Josh Silveira takes on Omari Akhmedov in one semi-final bout, while Rob Wilkinson takes on Delan Monte in the other.Here’s all...
    Stevie Ray pulls off a twister and submits Anthony Pettis at PFL 5, clinching a spot in the 2022 PFL lightweight playoffs Stevie Ray had the performance of his life at PFL 5, not only scoring a victory over a former UFC champion in Anthony Pettis, but also doing it by way of the rare twister submission hold. As a result of his finish of Pettis, Ray scores five points and jumps into the PFL lightweight postseason, knocking defending PFL lightweight champion Raush Manfio out of the playoffs. Coincidentally enough, Ray will now face Pettis in the lightweight semifinals.PFL 5: Stevie Ray punches PFL playoff ticket with upset over Anthony Pettis via twister submission holdSTEVIE RAY GETS THE TAP!!!! RAY IS GOING TO THE #PFLPLAYOFFS!!#2022PFL5 LIVE on ESPN & ESPN+???? https://t.co/jPNvomkWj8 pic.twitter.com/AIwfNlWFtS — PFL (@PFLMMA) June 25, 2022 Pettis attacked Ray’s body in an action-filled opening round, as he tried to counteract Ray’s aggression with jabs and combinations. But Pettis impressed with a variety of kicks thrown. That kick-based offense of Pettis showed itself again in the second...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Stevie Ray Vaughan was among the most successful and revered blues guitarists in history when he died in a helicopter crash on his way to Chicago on August 27, 1990."You don't find too many guitar players that can play the style of blues and rock guitar that he played that also had the same kind of precision. I mean the guy didn't miss a note," said Lin Brehmer, a long-time DJ at WXRT.Bruce Iglauer, founder of the Chicago-based Alligator Records, said Vaughan's legacy goes even beyond his musical talent."Stevie was not only a great talent, but also probably the greatest popularizer of blues guitar in history," Iglauer said.Iglauer worked with Vaughan as co-producers on the recording of Lonnie Mack's "Strike Like Lightning," which featured Vaughan's electrifying guitar solos on several tracks."He brought technique, he brought passion, he brought a deep blues knowledge to his music," Iglauer said.Chicago-born guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks performed several times with Vaughan and befriended him in the years before his death."I knew Stevie through my father. He was a huge fan of my...
    FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW) — Thirty years have passed since Texas Blues legend and Dallas native Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash. He was 35. On this somber anniversary many faithful fans showed up at his grave site at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas to pay tribute to the man who redefined the genre. Rocky Larson is a life-long fan who joined others at the site of Vaughan’s final resting place on Thursday. They played some of his old music and recalled their favorite SRV memories. “I made specific effort to come pay my respect to Stevie because he was a good guy. He was a great guitar player he was every bit as good a sweet man,” said Larson. SRV’s older brother Jimmie Vaughan spoke to CBS 11 News back in January of this year about the 30 year anniversary of the musician’s untimely death. The older Vaughan (who is a Blues master in his own right) said,  “I still can’t hardly believe that’s true. Even though I was there and I know it’s true, but it still...
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