It’s official, standing between Demetrious Johnson and the record books is Ray Borg.
The main event of September 9th’s UFC 215, at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, will see Ray “The Tazmexican Devil” Borg challenging Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson for the UFC Flyweight title.
This fight was originally expected to happen in August, but after the UFC offered both parties the fight, Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt suffered a back injury. The UFC reacted to the injury by wanting Johnson to no longer face Borg, but instead square off with former Bantamweight champion and Bantamweight number 1 contender TJ Dillashaw who has never fought at Flyweight. Johnson didn’t except the fight with Dillashaw, because Dillashaw is not in the weight class. After a intense public and private negotiation process, the fight that was originally offered to Demetrious Johnson, is the one that will happen.
Johnson the UFC’s first and only ever Flyweight champion, has managed to equal Anderson Silva’s record setting accomplishment of 10 title defenses. Mighty Mouse the pound for pound top ranked fighter in the world has won 6 of his title defenses by stoppage, including his most recent a 3rd round armbar of BJJ black belt Wilson Reis. Johnson is as technical as fighters get.
Borg the number 3 ranked contender, who trains out of JacksonWink MMA, is 5-2 in the octagon, coming off consecutive decision wins over Louis Smolka & Jussier Formiga. Borg has 7 finishes, 6 by submission, with 5 by rear naked choke. Borg’s grappling is top notch and his striking is underrated.
It was a gigantic disappointment the morning of UFC 213, when news broke that Amanda Nunes, for health reason, had withdrawn from her fight with Valentina Shevchenko. The fight as been rescheduled and will serve as the co-main event for UFC 215. With Nunes pulling out a main event the day of the fight, UFC president Dana White had stated Nunes would not be headlining events anymore.
125 Title: (c) Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg
135 Title: (c) Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
HW: Francis Ngannou vs. Junior dos Santos
145: Gilbert Melendez vs. Jeremy Stephens
125: Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
135: Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira
205: Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro
145: Gavin Tucker vs. Rock Glenn
135: Ashlee Evan-Smith vs. Sarah Mira’s
HW: Luis Henrique de Oliveira vs. Arjan Bhullar
155: Kajan Johnson vs. Adriano Martins