UFC Denver Loses Ray Borg, Fighter Pulled From Bout With Benavidez

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Ray Borg. Credit: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com

UFC flyweight Ray Borg would have no luck at all if it wasn’t for bad luck, as following a string of personal and professional setbacks, he’s once again been forced out of a fight, this time at UFC Denver.

Ray Borg has been forced out of yet another UFC fight. On Wednesday, following an initial report by MMA Junkie, the UFC announced that Borg was off the UFC Denver card. It’s another setback in a lengthy string of bad luck for Borg, who was the last man to be defeated by Demetrious Johnson in the octagon.

In an official statement, the UFC noted that “due to medical issues, Ray Borg has been forced out of his Saturday bout with Joseph Benavidez. There will be no replacement bout and the card will proceed with 12 fights.” The nature of said medical issue was not disclosed.

It’s a tough blow for both fighters at a time where there may no longer be a flyweight division in the UFC. That’s after a FloCombat report that the UFC plans to dissolve the weight class by the end of 2018.

Borg’s issues date back to UFC 215 over a year ago, when he was pulled from a title fight with Johnson a day before the event. Reportedly, the issue stemmed from a bad weight cut. He’d eventually get his shot at UFC 216, only to be put away by the ‘Mighty Arm-bar.’

He was next set to return against Brandon Moreno at UFC 223 in April. However, Borg (11-3) was forced off that card after suffering injuries stemming from Conor McGregor throwing a hand cart through the window of a bus Borg had boarded. His next attempt to get in the cage, at UFC Fight Night 129, was cancelled due to his infant son requiring surgery.

Borg has not fought since his October 2017 title fight with ‘Mighty Mouse.’ Benavidez (25-5) last fought in June at UFC 225, losing a split decision to Sergio Pettis.

UFC Denver (UFC Fight Night 139) takes place Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.