UFC flyweight contenders Joseph Benavidez and Ray Borg were originally targeted to be part of what is expected to be a massive event at UFC 229. However, this matchup has been subsequently moved to a non-pay-per-view card at UFC Denver on November 10th.
According to officials, the sudden change had nothing to do with Conor McGregor, whose bus rampage at UFC 223 last April left Borg with broken glass shards in his eye. But according to Benavidez, a connection remains.
“As far as I understand, Borg and Conor have the legal beef from New York, because Borg was one of the victims of the Conor thing,” Benavidez said in his recent guesting on MMAjunkie Radio. “It wasn’t anything Borg did. I guess Borg is like, ‘Dude, I don’t care. That wasn’t my thing. I never fought him on it.’ It was filed right away.
“It wasn’t like Borg said, ‘Don’t have me near Conor.’ It’s just whenever you get into that action with the civil system, they just file it that these people can’t be next to each other.”
Benavidez says he was initially disappointed by the sudden change, considering the magnitude of an event like UFC 229.
“It bothered me, but I did for the most part shrug it off. Obviously I would have preferred something,” Benavidez said. “If I would have just got the fight in Denver, I think I would have been pumped. But it was the fact they hung something in front of me first and then took it away from me.”
UFC Denver will be headlined by a featherweight fight between Frankie Edgar and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.