UFC 215’s loss is UFC 216‘s gain, so it seems. A title fight originally scheduled to headline UFC 215 between Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg will now be featured at UFC 216 just four weeks later, Combate and MMA Fighting report.
Johnson vs. Borg was removed from its original slot as the main event on Sept. 9 after the challenger fell ill just days before the contest. UFC doctors did not clear him to compete, forcing him to withdraw. The flyweight title fight will now join Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee — a bout for the interim lightweight championship — on the Oct. 7 card in Las Vegas. It is unclear if Johnson vs. Borg will be replacing Ferguson vs. Lee as the main event, or if it will simply be moving into the co-main slot.
The flyweight titleholder will now get his chance to break the UFC’s record for consecutive title defenses, with Johnson currently tied with former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva at 10 in a row.
Johnson comes into the bout unbeaten in his last 13 fights, last having lost to former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in 2011 as a member of the 135-pound division. He’s since proven to be unstoppable at 125 pounds, racking up wins over a number of the top contenders in his class.
Borg, meanwhile, is 5-2 as a member of the UFC, with both his losses coming via decision. He currently rides a two-fight winning streak.
As noted, UFC 216 also features Ferguson and Lee. They will lock horns to become the interim lightweight champion, a crown created amid UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s absence from the Octagon.