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Breaking: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg UFC 215 Main Event Cancelled

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It looks like UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson’s record-breaking title defense will have to wait just a bit longer.

Johnson was set to make what would be a record-breaking 11th consecutive title defense (if successful) against No. 3-ranked Ray Borg in the main event of this weekend’s (Sat. September 9, 2017) UFC 215 pay-per-view (PPV). “Mighty Mouse” is undefeated in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition when competing at 125 pounds, not having lost in 12-straight fights since going to a draw with Ian McCall back in 2012.

Borg has won two-straight in his MMA career, but has showed struggles making the 125-pound weight limit after having missed weight twice. In his career Borg has lost two bouts total, a unanimous decision to Justin Scoggins and a split decision to Dustin Ortiz.

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MMA fans were interested in seeing if Borg could pull off the seemingly impossible, and best “Mighty Mouse” in 125-pound competition, putting an end to his title reign and crushing all hopes of breaking Anderson Silva’s 10 consecutive title defense record. Those fans will have to wait, however, as MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reports that the fight has now been called off due to Borg being forced to pull out citing an illness.

The report suggests that Borg has been battling the illness all week and has been deemed unfit to compete by UFC doctors. His illness was also unrelated to his weight cut despite “The Tazmexican Devil’s” history with weight-cutting issues. Borg’s nutritionist, Dr. Michelle Ingels of Perfecting Athletes, had this to say:

“It wasn’t weight related,” Ingels said. “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.”

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes’ title defense against Valentina Shevchenko has been promoted to the UFC 215 main event. Johnson vs. Borg is likely to be rescheduled for UFC 216 in Las Vegas next month (Sat. October 7, 2017).

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY

  • Bill Wolf

    Amanda Nunes headlines after all; Dana White hardest hit.

    Dana White was justified in saying he wouldn’t headline Amanda Nunes again, because any fight promoter would be unhappy to see the star of his show cancel on fight day. But fate laughs at our plans.

    • steven

      Amen. The Lord works in mysterious ways.

  • Goatmember

    Tell me it was Sinusitus… tell me right now… you’re too slow Cole!!

  • Draven

    Ugh!

  • HeteroFriendly

    DJ’s a nice guy and I’m sure Borg is to,
    but to be completely honest with you Nunes/Shevenko is the more interesting fight.

    Nunes has heat on her name for what she did to rousy,
    and Shevenko has got heat for what what she did to Holm who had heat for what she did to rousy.

    No matter how much the media keep playing outraged and trying to blame it on everybody else that people like DJ as a person but just aren’t really into him as a show, he doesn’t have that A-B-CMMAth connection through opponents thats bringing any interest and heat to his name.

    Dillashaw may not be the biggest name in the world, but he was coming down in weight which adds drama, he’s got the drama with Alpha male and people like Cody which gives him name value, and those are the kinds of things that adds up to people giving a isht.

    DJ may defend the 125 title 125 times, but unless people give a isht about who he’s defending it against its just a number like any other number.

    And its not a matter of nobody has ever heard of him either, with every corner of the libtard press playing outraged that people aren’t totally into him he’s getting as much press as anybody. But they’re not into him for the same reasons that people who watch MMA are into watching MMA. And you know what I mean by that.