The co-main event at UFC 216 saw Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson (finally) get his chance to break Anderson Silva’s long-standing record of 10 consecutive UFC title defences when he took on rising talent Ray Borg in Las Vegas.
Johnson won the inaugural UFC Flyweight Championship back in September of 2012 with a split decision victory over Joseph Benavidez and since then, has been on a rampage.
TUF Season 24 winner Tim Elliot tested Johnson more than anyone else in recent history but the flyweight regained his composure after nearly being submitted by a guillotine and ended up cruising to a unanimous decision victory.
Next, Wilson Reis tried his hand in April but was soundly beaten for three rounds before being submitted by way of an armbar.
So it fell upon the shoulders of up-and-coming submission specialist Ray Borg. Originally, they were meant to fight at UFC 215 but Borg had to pull out due to an illness. This time, he insisted he was ready to go.
Borg looking like an angry maths teacher before their ill-fated 215 clash
He was also confident of causing the biggest upset in recent history.
“I see myself winning third round, rear-naked choke,” Borg predicted beforehand. “When you’ve got a feeling, you’ve got a feeling. I’ve got anywhere from two-and-a-half [minutes] above.
Borg said that he planned to offer Johnson an immediate rematch if he managed to beat him.
— UFC (@ufc) October 8, 2017
“It’s one thing to beat Demetrious; it’s something else to beat him twice,” he said. “I’ve said that for a long time, and when I win Saturday night, I want to fight him one more time immediately. I want to beat him twice. I want to cement my legacy as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.”
Despite being his humble self and talking up his opponents chances, the bookmakers weren’t listening to Johnson and installed him as the huge favourite at $1.08 while Borg was a massive outsider at $8.00.
2nd time around…
Mighty Mouse came out of the blocks early, landing several leg kicks inside the the first two minutes. The fight quickly went to the ground, where DJ dominated the scramble.
Borg continued to show heart, despite getting hit with elbows, knees to the body and kicks.
Borg managed to make it to the 5th round, but after taking a huge beating, Johnson was finally able to finish the fight with a move that only a pound for pound champ would dare of.
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