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Stevie Ray Beats Pettis Again, Set for Lightweight Final with OAM

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 5: Anthony Pettis and Steve Ray during PFL 7 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on August 5, 2022. (Photo by Cooper Neil/Getty Images)

The PFL 2022 lightweight finals have been decided, and UFC veteran pair Olivier Aubin-Mercier and Stevie Ray will face off this November.

Ray’s advance to the million-dollar final at Friday’s PFL 7 final in New York City came at the expense of former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Their regular-season counterattack in June saw an immediate rematch that saw Ray submit “Showtime,” and the rematch went a long way – but the end result was another win for Scotland’s Ray.

Early on, Ray set the tone, relying on knockdowns to control the action. Pettis didn’t seem to answer, and he’ll almost certainly need to finish when the third round comes. It won’t come. Pettis did turn up the heat, managing to shake off his back in the final minute of the game to deliver a blocked header. But Ray was able to survive until the final bell, winning 29-28 on all three scorecards.

Pettis has been a disappointing 1-4 in five games since quitting the UFC at the end of 2020 and signing with the PFL in free agency.

In another featherweight semifinal at PFL 7 on Friday, “Canadian gangster” Aubin Mercier was of course close to finishing Alex Martinez for fear of getting knocked out early. Unable to get the youngster out of the way, OAM had to win by unanimous decision of its own, 30-27 and two 30-26 victories with the judges.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier missed the 2021 playoffs, playing just one game in the regular season. He now has a chance at a million dollars this fall — money that neither the Canadian nor Steve Ray are likely to see in the UFC.

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