About “Magical” Ray Elbe


Ray Elbe backstage with Dana White at UFC Australia

Born December 9th, 1982 Magical Ray Elbe started training in Mixed Martial Arts while attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Arizona. While obtaining a degree in Elementary Education, Ray spent his nights training to become a professional athlete. Making his professional debut in November of 2002, Elbe originally trained Vale Tudo underWEC Bantamweight veteran Del Hawkins, before finding Macahdo Purple Belt Steve Hochuli. Training Under Hochuli, Elbe began to define his fighting style with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques.


Sityodtong Muay Thai founder Yodtong Senannan and Ray Elbe

Upon Graduating College in 2005 with a bachelors degree, Elbe relocated to Irvine, Orange County, California to improve his submission grappling techniques under the guidance of 4th degree BJJ Black Belt Juliano Prado of the Brazilian Top Team.

In March of 2007, Elbe relocated to Phuket Thailand to develop the first Mixed Martial Arts program in the country. During the 5 years under Elbe’s leadership, Tiger Muay Thai established itself as one of the premier competition and training facilities in the world by attracting UFC, STRIKEFORCE, PRIDE and various other high level fight professionals to the camp for seminars and training opportunities.


Alan Belcher, Buakaw, Ray Elbe, Tony Eduardo in Thailand

Helping pioneer the sports of MMA and BJJ within Southeast Asia, Professor Elbe successfully promoted 50 consecutive amateur MMA events with the creation of Tiger Muay Thai’s now infamous “BBQ Beatdown“.

In 2012, Elbe again helped Southeast Asia achieve another combat sports milestone, when during a 6 month teaching opportunity in Malaysia, he developed the White Belt Fury Grappling competition, which became the first Nogi BJJ competition to ever be held in the country of Malaysia.

A veteran of over 30 professional MMA fights, MagicalRay has competed in either Muay Thai, BJJ, Submission Grappling, or Mixed Martial Arts in 10+ different countries.


Ray Elbe with PRIDE FC Champion Wanderlia Silva

Currently residing in the country Kuwait, use the contact form on the bottom right corner of the webpage to correspond about possible fights, seminars, personal appearances, or teaching opportunities.



  • Rage In The Cage 50 Fighter Of The Night Award Winner
  • RITC Super Fight Winner
  • Rumble On The Rock Super Fight Veteran
  • Desert Quest No Gi Champion


  • X-treme Cage Fighting Super Fight Champion
  • Over The Edge Super Fight Winner
  • Mexico Fight Night 170lbs 4 Man Tournament Champion
  • King Of The Cage Super Fight Veteran
  • PBP 175lbs 4 Man NHB Tournament Winner
  • Vice-Champion Desert Quest Gi Division
  • Desert Quest No Gi Champion
  • KickDown Classic- Sturgis Super Fight Winner
  • Awarded BJJ Blue Belt


  • RITC Super Fight Champion
  • KOTC Super Fight Veteran
  • RITC 68 Fighter Of The Night Award Winner
  • KickDown Classic 170lbs Champion
  • ISKA Rocky Mountain States 173lbs MMA Champion


  • Total Combat Super Fight Veteran
  • U.S. Open of Submission Grappling Champion
  • Received 4th stripe on BJJ Blue Belt from BJJ BB Juliano Prado
  • Made guest appearance on MTV reality show “NEXT”


  • Received BJJ Purple Belt from BJJ BB Juliano Prado
  • Hired as Director of MMA for Tiger Muay Thai- Phuket Thailand
  • Bangla Stadium Fight of The Night Trophy winner (Muay Thai)
  • Draka Fight of the Night (Khabarovsk Russia)
  • SEA Grappling games Champion NO GI Elite 79 Kilo division-Bangkok Thailand


  • Aloissio Silva 2nd Silva tournament Gold Purple belt division under 190lbs
  • Fight Lab Submission Grappling Gold Medalist Advance under 185lbs Division
  • Fight Lab Submission Grappling Gold Medalist Advanced under 205lbs Division
  • Pan Asian Advanced No GI Champion over 79 Kilo -Philippines, Manila
  • Abu Dhabi International (U.A.E.) Bronze Medal Purple/Brown belt division Gi
  • Desert Quest Nogi Vice Champion
  • Djarum Indonesian Submission Grappling Champion under 86KG
  • Founded TMT Monthly BBQ Beatdown Amateur MMA competition (50+ consecutive events)
  • Nevertap Asia I Grappling tournament Director


  • Awarded BJJ Brown Belt
  • Nevertap Asia II Grappling Director
  • Contestant on UFC Ultimate Fighter 9 reality show
  • Vice Champion FBT Thailand Submission Grappling Elite Division
  • Neofight Korea Superfight Champion
  • World Series of Grappling (Grappler’s Quest-LV) Advanced Adult bronze medalist


  • Martial Combat 6 Superfight Champion
  • Promoted to BJJ Black Belt under Juliano Prado
  • ESPN STAR Sports Martial Combat color commentator (events 1-4, 6-10)
  • Guest appearance on ESPN STAR Sports Reality TV show “GAME”
  • Guest appearance on GOOD MORNING SINGAPORE!
  • Martial Combat 11 Main Event Winner
  • 5 years (2007-2012) as director of MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Head Coach of the MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition programs at Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Phuket


  • 6 month guest instructor Sparta Combat Sports, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
  • White Belt Fury Grappling Director (first Nogi BJJ Competition in the history of Malaysia)
  • Gladiator Fighting Championship Superfight Veteran Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Vice Champion Pan Asian Advanced No GI over 79 Kilo-Philippines, Manila
  • Vice Champion IBJJF Nogi Mundials Black Belt Middle Heavy Master Division
  • World Series of Grappling (Grappler’s Quest-LV) Advanced Executive Division bronze medalist
  • CBJJf & IBJJF Referee course completed Phx. Arizona, (Prof. Alvaro Mansur- CBJJF & IBJJF Director of Referees) AZBJJF Megaton Dias Host.
  • Champion Philippines BJJ International Open Nogi Black Belt under 80 Kilo
  • Champion Philippines BJJ International Open Nogi Black Belt Open Weight


  • GFC 3 KEYNOTE: Rules of the Game: Professional introduction
  • Cable TV Provider Al Rai TV 9 week Guest Instructor as GFC Wrestling “TIPS ON THE MAT!”
  • 2013 NOGI Abu Dhabi Cup (UAE) Black Belt Competitor
  • 2013 Grapplers Quest Amsterdam European Open Adults Elite heavyweight NOGI Silver Medalist


  • FOX MOVIES Al Batal Season 2 Reality MMA Show Headcoach
  • Al Batal ADCC Superfight Veteran- Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • IBJJF Nogi Mundials Heavy Master Black Belt Division Competitor- California, USA
  • REVGear International OPEN Advanced Nogi Heavyweight Master Vice Champion
  • NABJJF USA Nationals Nogi Black Belt Heavyweight masters Champion
  • UFC on Fox 13 Ian Entwistle head cornerman (Submission OTN Winner)


  • Promoted to BJJ Black Belt 1st Degree under Juliano Prado (BTT OC)
  • IBJJF Nogi Mundials Superheavy Master Black Belt Division Competitor- California
  • Completed UFC FIT Gym Instructor course at UFC GYM HQ
  • CBJJf & IBJJF Referee course completed under Prof. Gabriel Costa Host Adriano Nasal/Juliano Prado BTT Orange County