Record-breaking UFC fight is put on hold

The main event at this weekend’s UFC 215 event has been cancelled.

Demetrious Johnson was set to take on Ray Borg in Alberta, Canada on Saturday and the bout was one for the history books.

Both Johnson and Anderson Silva have 10 consecutive UFC defences, and Johnson AKA Mighty Mouse had hoped to break that record with a win this weekend, becoming the longest continuous reigning champion in the sport in the process.

His opponent, Ray Borg, was forced to withdraw from the flyweight world title fight due to a viral illness with doctors claiming it was unrelated to his weight cut that he discussed in an interview earlier in the week.

“Ray has been getting progressively more sick each day this week and still wanted to fight so badly that he put on a game face and went to all of his fight week obligations” Borg’s nutritionist Dr. Michelle Ingels told MMA Fighting.

“Prior to beginning the bulk of his weight cut the UFC doctor examined Borg and concluded that he was too ill to fight this week and needed time to rest and get better.”

The scheduled co-main event between bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko will now headline UFC 215, only months after their fight was cancelled on short notice due to illness.

The pair were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 213 in July earlier this year however the fight was scrapped and rescheduled for UFC 215 when Nunes was hospitalised due to illness just hours before the event.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto cited the possibility of Johnson v Borg being rescheduled for October whilst the UFC has offered a full refund to fans who had purchased tickets to the fight.

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