Ray Borg Released from UFC after Second Missed Fight

by Aleksandar Urdarevik on August 07, 2020

Ray Borg hasn't made any mention of retirement, but if he does continue fighting, it won't be under UFC.

The UFC on Friday confirmed that it has released Borg (13-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) from his contract.

This comes one week after Borg was removed from his bantamweight bout against Nathan Maness at UFC on ESPN+ 31 on the day of the weigh-ins. The reasons for his removal were not disclosed, and it marks the second fight in a row Borg missed on short notice.

At UFC on ESPN 10 in June, Borg was slated to take on Merab Dvalishvili. Two days before the date of the fight, Borg left Las Vegas and returned home for personal reasons.

As such, his last recorded UFC bout was a loss to Ricky Simon in May. This fight represented his return to the bantamweight division after he missed weight for a flyweight win over Rogerio Bontorin in February. The bout against Bontorin was a home match in New Mexico for the Albuquerque fighter.

Borg's had trouble with weight throughout the duration of his UFC tenure, and riddled with weight misses in both the flygweight and bantamweight divisions. He missed the flyweight mark three separate time, but still managed to come out with victories in each case.

Ray Borg challenged Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight title at UFC 216 and lost by fifth-round armbar. 18 months later, he returned to bantamweight for a fight with Casey Kenney. He missed weight for that bout despite fighting 10 pounds heavier than he was before.

Borg's spotty attendance can be attributed to hardship in his personal life. His son, born in 2018, suffers from hydrocephalus, a brain condition. As such, Borg has made difficult decisions in putting his family's interests above that of his fighter career on multiple occasions.

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