UFC Singapore: Stevie Ray blasts doubters after points win over Michael Johnson
Scotland's Stevie Ray hit back at his doubters after a points decision win over Michael Johnston at UFC Fight Night 162 in Singapore.
A strong third round was enough for the Fifer to take the decision on two of the judges scorecards 29-28, with the third calling it a draw.
Having lost to Leonardo Santos in June, his record is now seven wins in 11.
"Everybody doubted me," said Ray. "I hope with that fight I was able to show what I'm really made of."
Ray, 29, dominated the first round, boxing well against a slugglish looking Johnson, but the second was a different story with the American upping the pace and landing some vicious shots.
The Kirkcaldy man began to take more damage in the third, but a clever takedown turned the fight in the Scotsman's favour, with a series of ground strikes proving to be the difference.
"I'm absolutely buzzing," Ray told UFC afterwards. "I'm so happy.
"He's a killer - everyone was surprised I was given this fight. I hope this fight has just changed my life.
"I want somebody in the top 15 next. I want the best in the world."