Top 15-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight contenders Louis Smolka (No. 12) and Ray Borg (No. 13) — two fighters looking to bounce back from recent losses — kicked off UFC 207’s pay-per-view (PPV) main card tonight (Dec. 30, 2016) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, even though “Tazmexican Devil” missed weight by a mile.
Nevertheless, Smolka agreed to compete despite the disparity and will take home 30 percent of Borg’s purse as a result. That is something of a consolation prize as Borg dominated Smolka on the ground en route to a very impressive unanimous decision win.
Borg came out of his corner looking to push a fast pace, stalking Smolka and looking to close the distance so he could implement his solid ground game. He was able to get the fight to the floor in 90 seconds, but Smolka was able to scramble out of danger. Smolka was able to get back to his feet for a quick minute before Borg slammed him back down to the canvas and immediately transitioning to full mount. Smolka, bleeding, scrambled again, but Borg rolled and hooked up an omoplata that didn’t materialize. Smolka was able to slow down Borg’s attack as the round came to a close, heading back to his corner with a cut below his right eye and likely down on all three judges scorecards.
Round two began with both fighters winging wild punches, but nothing of significance landed for either man. Little more than one minute in, Borg scored a trip and quickly transitioned to full mount, which Smolka was able to neutralize by threatening his legs. Borg dropped a bomb while he was standing, compelling Smolka to release the leg to better defend himself. Borg, though, was soon glued to his back. Smolka turned to his back to avoid the rear-naked choke, but Borg was able to angle for an arm-triangle. He didn’t get it and Smolka tried to shoot to his feet, but Borg once again was able to drag him back down to the floor.
Heading into the third and final frame, Smolka was likely down on the judges scorecards 2:0. Borg revealed to his corner that he may have broken his ankle, but he didn’t show any signs that he was favoring either leg. Indeed, Borg continued to smother and threaten Smolka with submissions. Mid-way through the third round, Borg was able to again threaten with a very deep arm-triangle choke, but once again Smolka was able to survive.
And that was pretty much the story for him throughout the 15-minute match: He survived a relentless attack from Borg and never mounted much offense if at all. With the win, Borg will inch closer to a Top 10 ranking in 2017, one that might may seem bittersweet because of his troubles on the scale (again).
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