DEMTRIUS JOHNSON VS RAY BORG FIGHT CANCELLED
Demetrius Johnson was set to make history in UFC 215 against Ray Borg. But due to illness Ray Borg was pulled from the card. The main event fight has been cancelled and replaced with Nunes vs Shevchenko. This will be the second fight between these two. The first fight ended in decision for Nunes.
The UFC 125 main event in Edmonton, Alberta was supposed to feature Johnson vs Borg going for a record-breaking 11th flyweight title defense. But the bout was canceled on Thursday when Borg was ruled out due to an illness.
A statement from the UFC said: ‘Due to a viral illness to UFC flyweight contender Ray Borg, the main event bout against champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 215 has been cancelled. Borg was deemed unfit to compete by the UFC medical team.’
The cancellation means Amanda Nunes’s bantamweight title defence against Valentina Shevchenko takes centre stage as main event, with Borg’s nutritionist insisting his issues have nothing to do with the cut in weight required ahead of the bout.
UFC STATEMENT ON RAY BORG
Due to a viral illness to UFC flyweight contender Ray Borg, the main event bout against champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 215 has been cancelled. Borg was deemed unfit to compete by the UFC medical team.
UFC 215, which is now headlined by the women’s bantamweight championship between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko, will proceed as scheduled with 11 bouts at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada. Moving to the Pay-Per-View main card will be the flyweight bout between Henry Cejudo and Wilson Reis. Additionally, the Mitch Clarke and Alex White lightweight contest will now kick off the FS1 prelims.
With the removal of Johnson vs. Borg, customers may request a full refund of purchased tickets at point of sale.
Their peers were quick to respond with tweets of disbelief, disappointment, and in the case of would-be rival T.J. Dillashaw – who UFC president Dana White wanted to face Johnson instead of Borg – straight-up disrespect: