â€œThe Irish Dragonâ€� claimed a first-round win over the Scot and since the loss Ray has not been offered another contract by the UFC.
In a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, â€œBraveheartâ€� claimed that he would consider retirement if the promotion did not offer him a new contract.
According to Felder, his former foe deserves another shot with the worldâ€™s flagship MMA promotion.
â€œ100 percent he deserves to be in the UFC,â€� Felder told MMA Fighting.
â€œThat was one of those fights where it just worked out for me. It went my way that night. Going into that fight I had prepared for three hard rounds with Stevie. I really expected it to be a war, but he got caught. This happens all the time in the fight game â€“ he knows that. If you get hit with a knee youâ€™re going to get in some trouble.
â€œHe took a gamble and I think the UFC is just kind of letting him know that. I really find it hard to believe that they wouldnâ€™t be interested in a guy thatâ€™s 5-2 under the banner. Heâ€™s got a million fights on his record, heâ€™s got some big wins and heâ€™s got a huge fan base over in Scotland.
â€œI donâ€™t see how they donâ€™t bring him back. The UFC has got so many shows right now and the matchmakers are so busy, I just think itâ€™s a matter of time before he gets another chance.â€�
Felder revealed that he reached out to Ray when he discovered that he still hadnâ€™t been offered a new deal. He also thinks UFC should book Ray versus Diego Sanchez â€“ a fight the Scot has recently called for on Twitter.
â€œEvery time I see him post Iâ€™m like, â€˜Man, they still havenâ€™t give this guy a contract?â€™
â€œI was talking to him. I sent him a few messages one of the days. I was feeling for him and I genuinely think he deserves another opportunity. We went back and forth for a bit,â€� he said.
â€œGoing into that fight with Stevie I had nothing but respect for him. That hasnâ€™t changed. I really hope I see him back in the division soon. I think there are a lot of fights he can win. I really like the idea of the Diego Sanchez fight. Both guys are coming off losses and I think it would be a really action packed fight.â€�
Felder described his feelings on account of his victory leading to Rayâ€™s current inactivity.
â€œIt sucks. I go in there to win. I donâ€™t go in there with the intention of slowing a guyâ€™s career down and stopping him providing for his family. I know heâ€™s got a wife and a few kids and I really donâ€™t want to put anybody out,â€� Felder said.
â€œWhen I saw he hadnâ€™t been signed after a while, I was really bummed out. I donâ€™t feel bad for myself for what I had to do, but I do feel bad for the other fighter because if that was me Iâ€™d be feeling exactly the same way he is. I completely understand his panic at the moment.â€�