Ray Borg has released his first statement since he pulled out of the UFC 215 main event.
The Jackson-Wink MMA product withdrew from the Saturday’s flyweight championship contest against Demetrious Johnson due to illness. The bout was canceled on Thursday night when UFC medical personnel ruled Borg medically unfit to compete.
“First, I want to say I’m sorry to the fans and to Demetrious Johnson for being unable to fight,” Borg said in a statement released to MMAWeekly.com. “I want to say thank you to Dr. Davidson, the UFC and to Jeff Novitsky for looking out for my health and best interests.
“I also want to add that I am no longer working with Perfecting Athletes and Michelle Ingels, who was not authorized to speak on my behalf.”
Borg did not offer any further specifics regarding the nature of his illness.
Shortly after news of Borg’s withdrawal became public, Ingles told MMAFighting.com that the fighter’s exit “wasn’t weight related.”
“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,” Ingels added. “However, 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.”
Borg entered the matchup with Johnson on a two-fight winning streak. The flyweight title bout will reportedly be rebooked at a UFC event in the near future.