In yet another shakeup to a fight involving Ray Borg, the former flyweight title challenger now faces Kyler Phillips at UFC Philadelphia.
Ray Borg has had perhaps the worst run of luck in UFC history. The former flyweight title challenger has not fought since a failed bid against Demetrious Johnson at UFC 215 in 2017. Since then, he has struggled with the health of his infant son, a rash of injuries, opponents pulling out of fights, and even being caught in the middle of Conor McGregor’s attack on a fighter bus ahead of UFC 223.
On Wednesday, news broke of another stroke of bad luck. Borg’s original UFC Philadelphia (UFC on ESPN 2) opponent Liu Pingyuan was out of the fight due to injury. The good news, a replacement had been found in the form of Kyler Phillips. Philly Voice first reported the change-up.
Fingers crossed that this sticks. Borg (11-3), also known as ‘The Tazmexican Devil,’ had won five of six fights before running up against ‘Might Mouse’ at UFC 215. He holds notable wins over Jussier Formiga and Louis Smolka.
Phillips (6-1) appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 27, where he was eliminated by eventual winner Brad Katona. He enters the fight with Borg off a knockout of Emeka Ifekandu at LFA 59.
UFC on ESPN 2 / UFC Philadelphia is headlined by a lightweight showdown between Justin Gaethje and Edson Barboza.