Borg faced Demetrious Johnson in the co-headliner of Saturday’s card, and although he showed a ton of toughness and heart, the champ dominated much of the fight. In round five, Johnson secured a record 11th title defense, by submitting Borg with a highlight reel, armbar.
The fight was largely contested on the ground, where Borg has excelled in many of his UFC outings, and after the contest, the flyweight said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I felt like fighting D.J. was fighting my future self in a sense,” Borg said. “I’m always two steps ahead of people, I’m always ahead of people. I’m always being sneaky with submissions. I truly thought I fought a future version of myself.”
“It was definitely not the performance that I wanted at all,” Borg added. “Sharing the cage with him is something I can definitely put in my back pocket. Obviously I wasn’t on the receiving end of the win. I got away from my game plan a little bit.”
If Borg can evolve into more of a Johnson-esque fighter, than he’ll very likely go on to do some spectacular things in the cage. When you consider that Borg is just 24, and how skilled he is already, there’s certainly a chance he and Johnson could battle again.
And what about the suplex-to-armbar finish that Johnson pulled off? Borg had this to say:
“He’s sneaky. I laughed at him a couple times because he pulled off some sneaky (expletive). It was a pretty cool sub. It wasn’t cool to be on the receiving end of it.”
Fair enough. Now it will be interesting to see what comes next for Borg. How about a bout with Brandon Moreno? The 23 year-old is coming off a decision loss to Sergio Pettis, and is currently ranked #7. Or, how about a scrap with #1 contender, Joseph Benavidez?
UFC 216 took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.