LFA Two-Division Champ Casey Kenney Steps in to Face Ray Borg at UFC on ESPN 2

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 25, 2019


Just one week after becoming a two-division interim titlist for Legacy Fighting Alliance, Casey Kenney will get his call-up to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Las Vegas-based promotion announced Monday that Kenney will replace Kyer Phillips and meet Ray Borg in a bantamweight bout at UFC on ESPN 2 this Saturday. A reason for Phillips’ withdrawal was not given.

Kenney claimed the interim bantamweight crown at LFA 62, knocking out Vince Cachero with a knee 1:38 into the opening round of their March 22 encounter. That was the fourth victory in a row for the 28-year-old Tucson, Ariz., native. He claimed the interim 125-pound belt with a five-round verdict over Brandon Royval at LFA 53. Kenney is 11-1-1 as a professional overall.

Borg, meanwhile, will be stepping into the Octagon for the first time since falling to Demetrious Johnson in a flyweight title bout at UFC 216 in October 2017. Kenny is the third proposed opponent for the Jackson-Wink MMA representative, who was previously slated to face both Phillips and Pingyuan Liu. Borg has had five other fights fall through for various reasons over the past year and a half since his loss to Johnson.

UFC on ESPN 2 takes place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and is headlined by a lightweight duel between Justin Gaethje and Edson Barboza. The card airs on ESPN following early prelims on ESPN+. Borg vs. Kenney will take place on the ESPN+ portion of the event.

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