XFC 18: Joe Ray Ready to Excite XFC Fans Once Again Against Dustin West
XFC veteran Joe Ray is set to take on Dustin West, when the promotion holds its next event XFC 18: Music City Mayhem in Nashville on June 22, 2012.
Ray, who is (1-1) with the promotion, is also responsible for one of the best fights in XFC history, back at XFC 13. Ray is now scheduled to return to the XFC cage for the first time since that night, for what promises to be another 'Fight of the Night' performance.
Ray was ranked tenth in the 2011 World Welterweight Scouting Report by BloodyElbow.com for good reason. In his two-year career, with 11 fights as a pro, Ray has made a name for himself by knocking out opponents and finishing fights in devastating fashion. In eight career wins, Ray has knocked out six opponents and submitted the other two. Five of his knockouts took place in the first round.
Muay Thai is the Miami fighter's specialty, as well as where he shows the most confidence in the cage. After training in Thailand for roughly a year, Joe Ray's striking ability has proven his most useful skill in the cage. In his first XFC bout, Ray earned a stoppage against XFC veteran Julio Gallegos after cutting his opponents face with a brutal elbow that led to a doctor's stoppage.
It is no coincidence that in Ray's second appearance with XFC, he was one half of the duo responsible for what some believe was the best fight in the promotions history. At XFC 13, Ray took on fellow Muay Thai fighter Jeremy Smith.
The two exchanged a barrage of heavy hands, elbows, and kicks through three rounds of XFC action. At the end, it appeared that Ray had done significantly more damage. As it turned out, he had broken one of Smith's orbital bones and all but closed both of the South African's eyes from swelling. Unfortunately for Ray, two of the judges that evening scored the bout in favor of Smith and Ray took his first career loss via split decision.
Now on a two fight win streak, with two first round stoppages, Joe Ray is ready to return the big stage at XFC 18 where he will meet Dustin West in an XFC middleweight bout. West is another devastating striker, with 5 of 6 victories by way of first round KO or TKO. The Tennessee middleweight was also credited by XFC President John Prisco as having the most impressive pro debut he'd ever seen.
"I think Ray vs. Smith was one of the best fights XFC has ever had. But this next fight with Ray and West has the potential to be fight of the night and even better than the war Ray showcased back at XFC 13." said Prisco. "Both fighters have the ability to knock each other out, but neither of them has ever been knocked out. The fans in Nashville better not blink!"
Ray will attempt to add another KO victory to his record, while trying to avoid letting the bout go the distance. The Miramar ATT product will surely give the Nashville fans another unforgettable performance to kick off the evening's MMA action.
XFC 18: Music City Mayhem will begin with this exciting middleweight match-up, when the promotion goes live on HDNet from Nashville on June 22nd. For more information on these fighters and the rest of the card, visit www.OfficialXFC.com. Follow the promotion daily on Facebook and Twitter (@OfficialXFC).