The UFC will take one more crack at the Flyweight title fight that was previously scheduled for UFC 215.
Ray Borg will have a second chance to take on UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson, this time at UFC 216. According to Globo, the bout has been rescheduled after Borg pulled out of UFC 215 due to a viral illness. MMA Fighting later confirmed Globo’s report, although the UFC hasn’t made an official announcement themselves.
UFC 216 is currently headlined by an Interim Lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. It has not been made clear if Johnson’s record breaking attempt will headline over Ferguson and Lee.
Borg has had a history of weight-cutting issues, having failed to make weight in two of his last four fights. Borg also withdrew from his UFC 203 bout vs. Ian McCall after falling ill.
When speaking to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour this Monday, Johnson expressed concern over rebooking the fight, in case Borg doesn’t make weight or pulls out of the fight again.
“I have no idea. All I can do is what I do best — get ready for my fight and hope he shows up.” Johnson said, “We can’t have an unreliable champ. I gotta go out there and put this man away and make sure you guys have a champion that’s always gonna show up, always gonna fight and is always gonna make weight.”
It still isn’t clear exactly what Borg came down with during fight week, but UFC officials said a UFC doctor did not clear him to fight due to a “viral illness.”
UFC 216 takes place on October 7th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card also features a Heavyweight fight between Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis and a strawweight fight between Paige VanZant and Jessica Eye.