Many were puzzled to see Ray Borg miss weight ahead of UFC on ESPN 2 but now we know why.
Despite competing a division class up at bantamweight, Borg missed the 135-pound limit (clocking in at 137.5 pounds) but according to the former UFC title challenger it was just another case of bad luck. As he explained on Monday’s The Luke Thomas Show Borg says his hotel didn’t have sauna or steam room so he was forced to make his own. This is where the trouble started.
“As crazy as this (expletive) sounds, the bad luck bug almost struck me again,” Borg explained. “It sounds crazy, and it sounds (expletive) up because, as I took a step, I took a step and I slipped, and I hit my head on the bathtub.We were at the hospital ’til about 3 a.m. They did a CAT scan, they did a little X-Ray to my wrist. I hit my wrist trying to catch the fall, and they said, ‘OK, well, you hurt your hand.’ And I said, ‘You know what, I’m not not showing up to this fight, I’m going to make it to this fight, so you know, I feel fine, I can fight.’ And the doctor said OK. I was just exhausted, so we stayed up until 5:30 in the morning to cut as much weight as we can in 2 1/2 hours,” Borg said. “And I was just utterly exhausted, so I took about an hour-and-a-half nap, woke back up and just tried to cut that weight. I’m dead. I’m literally dead. I just had an hour of sleep in the last 34 hours, so it was my choice to not to finish trying to finish cutting the weight. I was just physically and mentally exhausted from the night before.”
Ray Borg (11-4) would suffer back-to-back losses for the first time in his career on Saturday after losing a controversial decision to newcomer Casey Kenney. 14 media members scored the fight for Borg per MMADecisions, while only three scored the win for Kenney. No word on when Borg will return to action following this second straight setback.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 4/2/2019.