A fight between two top flyweights is in the works for UFC 229 on October 6th, as former title challengers Joseph Benavidez and Ray Borg are slated to meet on the card.
MMA Nytt first reported the potential matchup on Monday, however the UFC is yet to announce the fight as official. There is some confusion to how Borg, 25, will appear on the card, as one half of the card’s headliner, Conor McGregor, is not allowed to be near Borg until July 2020 as a part of his plea deal following his attack on bus in April.
Benavidez (25-5) recently had his five-fight winning streak snapped by Sergio Pettis at UFC 225, dropping a close split decision to the 24-year-old. The loss was Benavidez’s first in almost five years. His most recent win was a decision victory over the newly crowned 125-pound champion Henry Cejudo.
Borg (11-3) was supposed to fight Brandon Moreno at UFC 223 in April, but McGregor’s attack left Borg with several corneal abrasions, making him unfit to fight. “The Tazmexican Devil” missed out on flyweight gold at UFC 216 last October, being defeated by a fifth round armbar at the hands of former champ Demetrious Johnson.
UFC 229 will take place on October 6th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. A lightweight title fight between current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will headline the card.