While he may or may not be part of an intergalactic collective hellbent on enslaving the human race as part of their cybernetic hive mind, Ray Borg is one of the better 125 lb prospects on the market. Or at least he was, right up until he signed a four fight contract with the UFC. Following his second round submission win over Nick Urso at Legacy FC 30, Southwest Fights News reports that Ray Borg has been signed by the world's largest mixed martial arts promotion. He will make his debut against Dustin Ortiz at UFC on Fox 11 in Orlando Florida on April 19th.
Who is Ray Borg?
The 20-year old hails from Fit NHB home to Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett and former UFC vet Tim Means. "The Tazmexican Devil" (seriously, how did he avoid a Star Trek reference) will enter the UFC undefeated, with a 6-0 record, capped by his win over Urso. Coupled with his wins over Angelo Sanchez and Jeimeson Saudino, Borg has already faced pretty decent opposition, especially in a division lacking regional depth.
What you should expect:
Frankly, I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to expect, because I missed his Legacy FC bout, and none of his other fights seem to be available. From what glimpses I have seen of him training and in highlight footage, Borg appears to be a very mutli-dimensional fighter. Early footage shows him to be a powerful striker who employs a lot of front kicks at range, and follows them with hard combinations. But, like many young fighters coming up in the sport, Borg appears to be something of an interdisciplinarian, there's a lot of grappling footage of him out there, and his four submission wins back up that footage to suggest that he's a very confident and aggressive submission hunter. What flashes I've seen suggest that he wrestles well, changing direction on singles and doubles mid shot to slide around his opponents defense. Most importantly, he appears to have the extremely high level of athleticism necessary to compete at flyweight. He looks lightening quick and exceptionally strong.
What this means for his debut:
This is where the tough part comes in. Not just because I haven't seen much footage of him fighting, but because Borg doesn't have a lot of experience, certainly not to the level that his opponent Dustin Ortiz does. Ortiz isn't a dynamo on his feet, but he's not bad either. He's a great athlete, has a strong chin, and uses his exceptional cardio to wear on fighters over three rounds. He's shown himself to be a rock solid wrestler and while he may not be much of a submission grappler, if Borg's defensive wrestling and grappling aren't great, Ortiz could easily grind out a win. Given the caliber of opponent and the short camp Borg has to work with, I'd say it's unlikely that he'll win this fight, but he should give a good account of himself.