24-Year-Old UFC Flyweight 11-2-0
September 13, 2017 Ray Borg News
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Borg (illness) is now scheduled to face Demetrious Johnson for the UFC Flyweight Championship at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.
Borg and Johnson were originally scheduled to face off at UFC 215, but Borg came down with a viral illness and was deemed unable to compete by UFC doctors. The two will now run it back in Vegas, but given Borg's past troubles with making the 125-pound flyweight limit, it's fair to question his ability to safely hit his mark, making this a story worth monitoring during fight week. Look for Borg to once again enter as a heavy betting underdog, whether or not a belt is on the line.
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Fantasy AnalysisBorg has had plenty of recorded issues with weight cutting in the past, but both his team and UFC brass have seemed to indicate that this illness was unrelated to his cut. It's a tough break for Borg, as he had been lined up for the opportunity of a lifetime -- a flyweight title opportunity as a pay-per-view headliner. It seems likely that this fight will be rescheduled at a later date, as there are few remaining flyweight contenders that are viable options to face Johnson. Even Borg was entering this fight as high as a (+800) betting underdog. Look for the opening lines to be similar in the event of a rematch.
Fantasy AnalysisUFC has decided to cancel the match instead of finding a last-minute replacement to face Johnson. There's still no word from the UFC on when the fight will be rescheduled, but it's certainly possible for it to still take place in the near future.
Fantasy AnalysisBorg has won five of his last six fights with the UFC, paving the way for his first title opportunity since joining the promotion in 2014. He's the highest ranked flyweight fighter that Johnson has yet to beat, and the name Mighty Mouse has been asking for all along as he attempts to set the UFC's all-time title defense record. The main concern here is Borg's ability to make weight, as he's missed the 126-pound flyweight limit on multiple occasions. Since this is a title fight, he won't be allotted the extra pound, and must hit 125.0 on the dot. Should he have troubles making the weight, a contender in an earlier flyweight bout between Wilson Reis and Henry Cejudo could be called upon to replace him. Even if he makes the weight and comes up empty, this likely isn't the last title opportunity for Borg, a skilled fighter who is just 23 years old.
Fantasy AnalysisKnowing full well that he was facing a BJJ black belt, Borg leaned on his striking for the first time in his UFC career. He attempted six takedowns (none of them landed), although they were mostly just to get Formiga thinking about it. He was the more efficient boxer, particularly in close. Giving how the fight unfolded, it was a very impressive effort from the 23-year-old Borg. He is now working with the JacksonWink team, so it's no surprise that the rest of his game is improving. Borg has missed weight in his UFC career, but that's the only thing preventing him from being a top-five flyweight. He is blessed with an abundance of natural ability and he's gritty as all heck. Borg is now 5-2 in his UFC career that dates back to April 2014.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was by far the best performance of Borg's UFC career, but much of the shine is taken off by the fact that he missed weight again on Thursday. Borg was lucky that Smolka was willing to even go through with the bout. Over the course of the 15-minute bout, Borg was credited with 11:32 worth of control time. He basically grabbed a hold of Smolka the second the opening bell rang and he didn't let go until the final bell. Borg is going to be in good shape in a grappling match against most any flyweight opponent, but he has no power in his hands and that is going to be an issue moving forward. Of course, if he continues to miss weight, none of this matters. He will probably get one more shot to make the 126-pound flyweight limit before being forced to move up to bantamweight.
Fantasy AnalysisBorg was the last fighter to hit the scales Thursday afternoon, and fell 3.5 pounds short of the 126-pound flyweight limit. Assuming his opponent, Louis Smolka, still accepts the fight, Borg will have to forfeit 30 percent of his purse. Smolka looked physically depleted on the scales Thursday as well, but at least he hit his mark. Borg has now missed weight for two of his last three fights, putting him at risk of being forced to move up to bantamweight.
Fantasy AnalysisBorg had been looking to rebound from a disappointing loss to the young Justin Scoggins, but the 23-year-old will have to fight for redemption at a later date. All roads in the flyweight division lead to Demetrious Johnson, but Borg still needs to pad his resume quite a bit before that becomes a realistic request.
Fantasy AnalysisBorg made weight for the fight, which was a step in the right direction, but the good times ended there. Known for his wrestling base, Borg spent a disturbing amount of time in this fight on his back. He got nothing going on the feet and he was dominated from the outset. Brighter days are ahead for the 22-year-old Borg, but this was a rough showing. Borg is now 3-2 in his first five UFC fights.
Fantasy AnalysisThis fight isn't going to get much mainstream press, but it is a terrific one. Borg and Scoggins represent two of the UFC's brightest prospects in what is a very thin flyweight division. The 22-year-old Borg missed weight for his last fight against Geane Herrera in August, although his performance inside the cage was dominating. He is 3-0 since dropping his UFC debut to Dustin Ortiz via split decision.
Fantasy AnalysisBorg deserves some criticism for failing to make weight, but his performance in the cage was elite. He never stops moving and he kept Herrera planted on his back for virtually the entire fight. The UFC rankings don't mean a whole lot, but Borg should be ranked a heck of a lot higher than where he is right now at #14. He's only 22-years old and if his striking game ever catches up with his grappling skills he will be a future star. As is, he may be the brightest prospect in the flyweight division.