Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC 216’s Ray Borg

Submission ace, Ray Borg, will attempt to dethrone Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight roost-ruler, Demetrious Johnson, this Saturday (Oct. 7, 2017) at UFC 216 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Borg was not expected to face Johnson just yet. The talented 24-year-old is a solid 5-2 inside the Octagon against a high level of competition, but it was more about timing than anything else. No one else at the top of the division is on a serious win streak — with the exception of the injured Joseph Benavidez.

In full disclosure, this article was almost entirely written prior to UFC 215, before illness canceled the fight just days before it happened. I consulted the MMAmania higher-ups on whether we should just publish it now or wait until Borg is an official main event once more. Not to be rude to the “Taxmexican Devil,” but he is an 8-1 underdog so … enjoy!

Let’s take a closer look at his skill set:

Striking

In Borg’s first four fights inside the Octagon, he was able to force a grappling match each and every time. That wasn’t the case when he faced Justin Scoggins, as the Flyweight karateka was able to pretty easily avoid his shots and punish him on the feet. In that fight, Borg looked really uncomfortable in

Article source: https://www.mmamania.com/2017/10/6/16264742/fighter-break-down-ufc-216-ray-borg-strengths-weaknesses-demetrious-johnson-mma

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