flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson won’t be breaking ’s record for most title defenses in the UFC this weekend afterall.
The UFC 215 main event between the 125-pound champ and Ray Borg has been officially canceled. The #3 ranked flyweight was forced to withdraw from the fight on Thursday evening due to a viral illness, which seem to come into effect earlier this week.
According to Borg’s nutritionist Dr. Michelle Ingels, the illness wasn’t weight cutting related.
It wasn’t weight related. Ray has been getting progressively more sick each day this week and still wanted to fight so badly that he put on a game face and went to all of his fight week obligations.
However, prior to beginning the bulk of his weight cut the UFC doctor examined Borg and concluded that he was too ill to fight this week and needed time to rest and get better.
At the moment, the UFC has not found a replacement fight and will move forward with 11 fights for UFC 215. The main event will now be headlined by a bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko. A flyweight bout between Henry Cejudo and Wilson Reis has now been bumped to the main card as well.
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Official UFC Statement
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.