The Borg is not so invulnerable, after all.
This week’s big MMA title fight is off. And this time, it’s not because of drugs. Or guns, or guns and drugs or whatever. Or indeed, anything unsavory at all: just good ol’ fashioned illness. Just like the old days.
And They’re . . . Off
Ray Borg, Johnson’s UFC 215 opponent, was forced to withdraw from the fight on Thursday evening due to illness, thus canceling Saturday night’s main event, MMA Fighting has learned. As a result, the Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko women’s bantamweight title fight will serve as the new pay-per-view main event in Edmonton.“It wasn’t weight related,” Borg’s nutritionist Dr. Michelle Ingels of Perfecting Athletes told MMA Fighting. “Ray has been getting progressively more sick each day this week and still wanted to fight so badly that he put on a game face and went to all of his fight week obligations.
“However, prior to beginning the bulk of his weight cut the UFC doctor examined Borg and concluded that he was too ill to fight this week and needed time to rest and get better.” Earlier on Thursday, Borg told MMA Fighting he had eight more pounds to cut before Friday morning’s weigh-in.
“That’s amazing for me,” he said.
(No) Food Fight
So, according to the article, here’s how it’s gonna go:
The current plan is to rebook the flyweight title fight as soon as possible, but nothing has been finalized at this time.In April, Johnson successfully defended the flyweight title for the 10th time, which tied Anderson Silva’s record. Coincidentally, the UFC wanted to book Johnson vs. TJ Dillashaw for the potential record-breaking 11th defense, but Johnson campaigned for Borg, the true flyweight, to be his next opponent. UFC 215 will currently proceed with 11 fights.
Ah, well. On to the next one.