Ray Borg out of flyweight title fight with Demetrious Johnson
The challenger has withdrawn from his first ever title fight due to illness.
UFC flyweight challenger Ray Borg has withdrawn from his title bout with Demetrious Johnson at UFC 215 this weekend due to illness. Johnson turned down the opportunity to defend his title against former bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, as Johnson wanted to see Dillashaw fight somebody else in the flyweight division to prove he can make the 125lb weight limit as he has never fought at 125lb before. Johnson then chose to defend his flyweight crown against the number one contender, Ray Borg.
Mighty Mouse was attempting to break Anderson Silva’s record for the most consecutive title defences in UFC history as they are currently tied at 10 defences each but will now have to wait before he can attempt to break the record. The UFC has released a statement claiming Borg “was deemed unfit to compete by the UFC medical team.”
The UFC 215 card this weekend will now be headlined by the women’s bantamweight title bout between the challenger, Valentina Shevchenko and the champion, Amanda Nunes after already being cancelled at UFC 213 after Nunes fell ill and withdrew the day before the fight.
There has been no official word but it is rumoured the UFC are trying to rebook the Johnson–Borg flyweight title fight at UFC 216 in October which will be headlined by the interim lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee.