24-Year-Old UFC Flyweight 11-3-0
November 10, 2017 Ray Borg News
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Borg will go up against Brandon Moreno on February 18 at UFC Austin in Texas, Danny Segura of MMAFighting.com reports.
This will be Borg's first fight following his loss to Demetrious Johnson in October, during which he suffered a right fourth finger injury that has caused him to remain on a medical suspension since that bout. Before he took that defeat, Borg had topped Louis Smolka and Jussier Formiga, and carries an 11-2 professional record into this fight. Moreno will come in having recently lost to Sergio Pettis at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City in August, which was his first loss in his last 12 outings.
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Fantasy AnalysisBorg couldn't stand-up to one of the pound-for-pound greats in Demetrious Johnson. While he did manage to get "Mighty Mouse" on his back in Round 2, he never really posed a threat to Johnson. He was caught with an armbar partway through Round 5 and wasn't able to escape. The 24-year-old suffered a loss while the king set a title defense record. Borg also sustained a right fourth finger injury that requires clearance from an orthopedic doctor. For this reason, the Nevada Athletic Commission gave Borg a six-month suspension, pending medical clearance. Other fighters to receive similar suspensions pending clearance include Evan Dunham, Poliana Botelho, Matt Schnell, Marco Beltran and Thales Leites.
Fantasy AnalysisSure, Borg was completely and utterly dominated, but there isn't a 115-pounder on the planet that can compete with "Mighty Mouse" when he is fighting at the level he was on Saturday. Borg made weight without issue on Friday and looked comfortable entering the Octagon but it was all downhill from there. Outside of a brief moment in Round 2 when he managed to take DJ's back, Borg never came remotely close to threatening the pound-for-pound king. Borg is going to be upset with his performance but he just turned 24 years old in August and there will be better days ahead. He wasn't ready for the moment on Saturday.
Fantasy AnalysisBorg and Johnson were originally scheduled to face off for the title at UFC 215, but a viral illness prevented Borg from performing his weight cut, and UFC doctors eventually called off the bout. There were no complications with the rescheduled matchup Friday, however, as Borg was the first fighter to the scale and even came in one pound under the limit. Borg has had issues getting to the 125-pound limit in the past -- most notably when he missed weight by 3.5 pounds for a December matchup against Louis Smolka -- but hopefully Friday's showing means that those problems are in the past. With the fight now official, Borg will enter anywhere from a (+705) to (+950) underdog for the event, per BestFightOdds.com.
Fantasy AnalysisBorg 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.
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.