After it was announced that Ray Borg was pulling out of UFC 215, some folks speculated he had run into weight cutting issues again, but the flyweight contender says that theory’s way off.
Borg was booked to fight flyweight champ Demterious Johnson at the September 9th card, but shortly before the Edmonton event, it was announced he had pulled out. Although the UFC announced at the time that Borg’s withdrawal was due to a viral illness, not everyone was convinced. The reason being that the rising fighter has missed weight for two of his UFC fights.
Well, Borg fired back at his detractors on Twitter, and repeated that he had dropped out as a result of being sick. On the latest “MMA Hour”, however, Borg discussed in length why he had to pull out of the biggest fight of his career. Here is just some of what he had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“Weight cut was not even an issue,” Borg said. “I have done way, way worse weight cuts. This was going to be my easiest weight cut. This weight cut, I went into fight week lighter than what I did when I went to Brazil (for UFC Fortaleza). When I fought in Brazil and I made weight piece of cake — I went into fight week lighter by two pounds this time around than I did when I went to Brazil.
“I used to do huge weight cuts back in the day when I first started. People don’t remember, I had no problem cutting weight when I first got into the UFC. And they have it on record — I’m sure that they have it on record, what I showed up (weighing). I used to show up at, like, 138 or 137 on fight week my first four to five fights in the UFC, and made weight, cake, like nothing. I never looked depleted, I never wobbled onstage. So it was far from a weight cutting issue.”
Typically, the UFC will disclose when a fighter has incurred medical issues as a result of a weight cut, or, someone confirms with a source that’s what led to the withdrawal. That didn’t occur here, so, it certainly looks like Borg was ready to make 125.
All this aside, Borg has been rebooked to fight Johnson at UFC 216, which will go down on October 7th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be fascinating to see if Borg can pull off what would be one of the greatest upsets in UFC history.