Stevie Ray was last seen in the Octagon at UFC Fight Night Glasgow and he was knocked out by Paul Felder in that encounter.
The fighter is now a free agent and if the UFC doesn’t re-sign him and add him to the UFC Fight Night London card, retirement could then become an option.
“I didn’t think I’d be on the sidelines for so long,” Ray said on The MMA Hour. “I thought I was just risking getting a little more money. It’s been frustrating, but I’ve been in touch with Sean Shelby. He’s basically said that he’s really busy. He’s got a lot of fighters to match and he’s even got some guys who have won their last fight that are waiting on a new contract. I think he’s just got a really busy workload with Joe Silva leaving recently. But yeah, he’s not told me I’m getting signed and he’s not told me I’m not (getting signed) either.It’s a bit of a nightmare, but I’m hoping I’m going to get re-signed for London…I’m not 100 percent sure to be honest (about retiring). The goal was to get to the UFC. It took me like seven years – a lot of time and a lot of fights – to get there. And if didn’t get signed after getting beaten by Paul Felder, who’s obviously on a tear now, I don’t know…that’s obviously just how we’re getting looked after now I suppose. That’s the most annoying part about it. I don’t think I deserve to not get re-signed. I’ve won against some good guys, Ross Pearson and Joe Lauzon, I just got caught by Felder. It’s one of those things, it’s part of the fight game. I still have a lot left in me. There are a few guys I would love to get my hands on.”
Ray had won five of seven during his time with the UFC, notable wins have come over Ross Pearson and Joe Lauzon.
If Ray does get get re-signed and added to UFC Fight Night London, a perfect opponent would be either Marc Diakiese or Marcin Held.
“The plan would probably be Marc Diakiese. I’d love to take his head off. We had a little bit of beef on Twitter, so yeah, maybe him. I also think Marcin Held could be a nice fight. I’m that frustrated I’m ready to fight anyone,” says Ray.
UFC Fight Night London takes place on Saturday, March 17 from The 02 in London, England with no main event announced at this time. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, while broadcast plans have yet to be announced.