The Ultimate Fighting Championship officially announced the cancellation of the UFC 215 headliner on Friday, issuing a statement on what led to Ray Borg’s withdrawal from the event.
The full statement is as follows:
Due to a viral illness to UFC flyweight contender Ray Borg, the main event bout against champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 215 has been canceled. Borg was deemed unfit to compete by the UFC medical team.
UFC 215, which is now headlined by the women’s bantamweight championship between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko, will proceed as scheduled with 11 bouts at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada. Moving to the pay-per-view main card will be the flyweight bout between Henry Cejudo and Wilson Reis. Additionally, the Mitch Clarke and Alex White lightweight contest will now kick off the FS1 prelims.
With the removal of Johnson vs. Borg, customers may request a full refund of purchased tickets at point of sale.
The UFC will reportedly look to rebook the flyweight title bout as soon as possible. According to a report from MMAFighting.com on Thursday, Borg’s illness was not the result of a bad weight cut.
Johnson has defended his flyweight title 10 consecutive times, tying him with Anderson Silva for most in UFC history. Borg has won five of his last six Octagon appearances, but has missed weight twice in his last four bouts.
Both Cejudo and Reis are former flyweight title challengers. Cejudo, an Olympic gold medalist, fell to “Mighty Mouse” via first-round TKO at UFC 197, while Reis tapped to a Johnson armbar in the third stanza at UFC on Fox 24.