Few can match Paul Felder’s pure Muay Thai technique in the Octagon. Sure, he’s got some losses, but keep this in mind: in only his third UFC fight, he was taking on Edson Barboza and going the distance. He’s that good. Stevie Ray is pretty good, too, and as a local Scotsman with wins over Ross Pearson and Joe Lauzon, he was destined to be on this main card fight somebody.
They start off gauging each other’s speed and distance, with Ray sticking leather in Felder’s face and Felder whacking him in the thigh with his shin. But soon Ray has his hands on the American, and he’s working uppercuts into his smothering clinch. Felder doesn’t like that (or maybe he does, maybe he thrives on that stuff), because he lands a picture-perfect knee right up the middle to Ray’s head. Ray drops like a sack of potatoes, and he’s limp, but Felder is on him with punches so quickly that Ray wakes up and starts defending. Then Felder elbows him unconscious again, and that’s all she wrote.
Results: Paul Felder def. Stevie Ray via KO (Knee and Punches) at 3:57, R1