Raymond Anthony "Ray" Borg (born August 4, 1993), is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2012, Borg made a name for himself fighting mostly in his native Southwestern United States, competing in promotions like King of the Cage and Legacy Fighting Championship.
|Born||Raymond Anthony Borg|
August 4, 1993
Tucson, Arizona, United States
|Other names||The Tazmexican Devil|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (163 cm)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)|
|Reach||63 in (160 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Team||Jackson Wink MMA Academy|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: November 13, 2014
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
After a successful career in United States, with an undefeated 6-0 mixed martial arts record, it was revealed in April 2014, that Borg had signed with the UFC.
Borg was scheduled to face Ryan Benoit, at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens. However, due to an injury, Benoit was replaced by promotional newcomer Shane Howell. Borg won the fight via submission (rear-naked choke) in the first round. The win also won Borg his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Borg was briefly linked to a potential fight against Richie Vaculik on November 8, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 55. However, Borg was forced to pull out of the event due to injury and was replaced by Neil Seery. Subsequently, Seery pulled out of that bout as well and was replaced by Louis Smolka.
Borg faced Chris Kelades on February 14, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 60. Borg won the one sided fight via submission in the third round, earning him his second consecutive Performance of the Night award.
Following a quick recovery, Borg was quickly rescheduled and was expected to face Ian McCall on September 10, 2016, at UFC 203. However, Borg pulled out of the fight on September 7 citing an illness. With no time to find a suitable replacement, McCall was removed from the card.
Borg next faced Louis Smolka on December 30, 2016, at UFC 207. At the weigh-ins, Borg missed weight for the bout, coming in at 129.5 pounds. As a result, he was fined 30% of his fight purse, which went to Smolka, who agreed to take a catchweight bout. Borg won the fight by unanimous decision.
Borg was expected to face current champion Demetrious Johnson on September 9, 2017, at UFC 215. In turn, the fight was canceled a day before the event, as Borg was forced to withdraw from the fight on Thursday evening due to illness. According to multiple sources, Borg has been battling an illness this week and was deemed unfit to fight by UFC doctors. The bout was quickly rescheduled and took place the following month at UFC 216. Borg lost the bout via suplex to armbar in the fifth round.
Borg was expected to face Brandon Moreno on April 7, 2018, at UFC 223, but was removed from the card after being injured by glass from a bus window that was smashed by Conor McGregor and Team SBG. The pairing was left intact and quickly rescheduled and was expected to take place on May 19, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 129. However, in late April, Borg withdrew from the bout to take care of his child from brain surgery.
Borg was expected to face Joseph Benavidez on November 10, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 139. However on November 7, 2018 it was reported that the bout was cancelled due to undisclosed medical issues for Borg.
Borg was expected to face Pingyuan Liu in a bantamweight bout on March 30, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 2. However, it was reported on March 13, that Liu was replaced by newcomer Kyler Phillips for an undisclosed reason. In turn, Phillips was removed from the card on March 25 for undisclosed reasons and replaced by Casey Kenney. At the weigh-ins, Borg weighed in at 137.75 lbs, 1.75 pound over the bantamweight non-title fight limit of 136 lbs. He was fined 20% of his fight purse and his bout against Kenney proceeded at catchweight. Borg would go on to lose the fight by a controversial unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||12 wins||4 losses|
|Win||12–4||Gabriel Silva||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards||July 20, 2019||3||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Loss||11–4||Casey Kenney||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje||March 30, 2019||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States||Return to Bantamweight; Borg missed weight (137 lbs).|
|Loss||11–3||Demetrious Johnson||Submission (armbar)||UFC 216||October 7, 2017||5||3:15||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||11–2||Jussier Formiga||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum||March 11, 2017||3||5:00||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Win||10–2||Louis Smolka||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 207||December 30, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Catchweight (129.5 lbs) bout; Borg missed weight.|
|Loss||9–2||Justin Scoggins||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson||February 6, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–1||Geane Herrera||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux||August 8, 2015||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Catchweight (126.75 lbs) bout; Borg missed weight.|
|Win||8–1||Chris Kelades||Submission (kimura)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch||February 14, 2015||3||2:56||Broomfield, Colorado, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||7–1||Shane Howell||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens||June 28, 2014||1||2:17||San Antonio, Texas, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||6–1||Dustin Ortiz||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne||April 19, 2014||3||5:00||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||6–0||Nick Urso||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Legacy FC 30||April 4, 2014||2||4:01||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||5–0||Jeimeson Saudino||Submission (rear-naked choke)||SCS 20||November 23, 2013||2||4:22||Hinton, Oklahoma, United States||Won the SCS Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||4–0||Angelo Sanchez||Decision (unanimous)||Triple A MMA 3: North vs. South||August 18, 2013||3||5:00||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||3–0||Lee Lindow||TKO (punches)||KOTC: World Championships||May 25, 2013||1||1:59||Scottsdale, Arizona, United States|
|Win||2–0||Peter Baltimore||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Regulators||January 19, 2013||1||4:03||Scottsdale, Arizona, United States|
|Win||1–0||Gene Perez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Ignite||August 11, 2012||1||3:01||Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States|
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