The match is the eighth announced for the UFC’s first card in New Brunswick, which will be headlined by a battle of light heavyweight contenders in Volkan Oezdemir vs. Anthony Smith. Britain’s Stevie Ray will square off with Germany’s Jessin Ayari on the UFC Moncton show on Oct. 27, the company announced Thursday.
Ray (21-8), is looking to reignite the fire of the early portion of his UFC stint, in which he won five of his first six fights. Since then, he’s dropped two in a row, most recently a split-decision to Kajan Johnson at UFC London on March 17.
Ayari (16-4), meanwhile, is 1-1 in his UFC career. He earned a split decision over Jim Wallhead at UFC Hamburg in his debut back in 2016 but lost a decision to Darren Till at UFC Stockholm in May 2017.