New UFC 216 Poster, Lineup Confirm Demetrious Johnson-Ray Borg Rebooking For Oct. 7

By Jordan Breen Sep 18, 2017

Demetrious Johnson will get to for an Ultimate Fighting Championship record 11th straight title defense before 2017 closes out.

Last week, news surfaced that Johnson would be rebooked to face challenger Ray Borg at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Monday, those reports were confirmed as the promotion released a new version of the event poster featuring Johnson and Borg. The official UFC 216 lineup was updated by the company, as well.

Johnson was scheduled to defend his flyweight crown against Borg in the main event of UFC 215 on Sept. 7 in Edmonton, Alberta. Two days before the card, Borg was pulled from the bill due to illness, which the 24-year-old claimed wasn't related to an adverse weight cut. Headed into UFC 215, Borg had missed the 125-pound limit in two of his previous four bouts.

Both the structure of the newly-released UFC 216 poster as well as the official bout order affirm that Johnson's potential record-breaking defense will be the co-headliner of the pay-per-view, while the previously announced UFC interim lightweight title bout between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee will main event.

Johnson is presently tied with all-time middleweight great Anderson Silva with 10 consecutive UFC title defenses.


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