UFC 215 Main Event Between Demetrious Johnson & Ray Borg UFC Cancelled
So it turns out that Demetrious Johnson will be denied the chance to break Anderson Silva’s record of 10 UFC title defence this weekend.
Ray Borg, Johnson’s UFC 215 opponent, has been forced to pull out from the fight due to illness, which has caused Saturday night’s main event to be reallocated.
The new pay-per-view main event in Edmonton, Canada, will now be the women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko.
According to sources, Borg has been struggling with an illness all week and was eventually deemed unfit to fight by UFC doctors although his nutritionist, Dr Michelle Ingels of Perfecting Athletes, claims that it had nothing to do with his weight cut.
“It wasn’t weight related,” Dr Ingels stated. “Ray has been getting progressively more sick [sic] 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 that he was eight pounds off the 125lb flyweight limit.
“That’s amazing for me,” he added.
Although nothing has been finalised as of yet, the plan is to get the flyweight title fight rebooked ASAP.
In April, Johnson successfully defended his crown for the 10th consecutive time with a dominant performance over Wilson Reis that culminated in victory by way of an armbar at the end of the third round.
Ironically, the original Nunes-Shevchenko title fight was due to take place at UFC 213 in July but was cancelled just hours beforehand due to Nunes suffering from a sinus problem.
That last-minute pull out prompted UFC president Dana White to state that he wouldn’t put Nunes as the headlining act in her next fight.