Featuring 13 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC Fight Night 138” took place at the Avenir Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada on October 27, 2018. In the first bout of the evening, Stevie “Braveheart” Ray, 28, of Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland faced Jessin “Abacus” Ayari, 26, of Nuremberg, Germany.
Born in Kickcaldy, Ray was the only fighter from Scotland at “UFC Fight Night 138.” It was his ninth bout in the UFC.
Ray is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Roberto Atalla. Prior to “UFC Fight Night 138,” the Kirkcaldy native won five of his eight UFC bouts.
Ayari was born in Tunisia. In Germany, he played football before started training in MMA.
“UFC Fight Night 138” marked Ayari’s third UFC bout. He was one of the two fighters on the card representing Germany.
Ray and Ayari competed in the lightweight division at “UFC Fight Night 138.” The reigning UFC Lightweight Champion is Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Dagestan, Russia.
After three five-minute rounds, the lightweight bout between Ray and Ayari was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, referee Barry Gallant raised the hand of the Scottish contender, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “UFC Fight Night 138” improved Ray’s professional MMA record to 22 wins and 8 losses. On the other hand, losing to the Scottish fighter downgraded Ayari’s record to 16 wins and 5 losses.
“UFC Fight Night 138” Main Events
In the co-main event, Michael “The Menace” Johnson of Boca Raton, Florida, United States and Artem “The Russian Hammer” Lobov of Dublin, Ireland competed in a catch weight of 147 lbs. After three five-minute rounds, the American contender defeated his Russian-Irish opponent via unanimous decision.
In the main event, Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir of Fribourg, Switzerland and Anthony “Lionheart” Smith of Omaha, Nebraska, United States competed in the light heavyweight division. The American contender submitted his Swiss opponent via rear-naked choke at 4:26 of Round 3.
Meanwhile, here is a clip from the “UFC Fight Night 138” weigh-ins and face-offs: