The last time contender Ray Borg fought prior to Saturday night was at UFC 216 in October 2017 against Demetrious Johnson. After that highlight reel submission loss, he has been faced with one setback after another, leading to multiple fight cancellations.
Things did not get any better for Borg in his UFC Philadelphia preliminary fight against Casey Kenney, where he picked up a 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 unanimous decision loss. In a post-fight interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the 25-year-old fighter aired out all of his frustrations, first on the three judges who scored the fight.
“I knew the first round was really close, but especially after the first, I really thought it was in my favor. I really, really did. It sucks,” he said. “You’re never supposed to leave the fight in the judges’ hands, but at the same time, the judges need to do their job. They need to be more educated.
“This was for my family; this is our lifehood at stake. They can’t just be getting this sh-t wrong.”
During his absence, Borg was also riddled with personal problems. His son Anthony already gone through three brain surgeries as of August 2018 because of hydrocephalus, putting him and his family in dire financial straits. What made things worse, he says, was Kenney’s manager demanding 30% from the purse after missing weight.
“His manager loves to do that sh-t to me,” a visibly frustrated Borg said. “They agreed at 20% and then the next thing you know, his manager wanted more.
“I know I missed weight, but the damn guy’s got to realize this is my lifehood. This is my family at stake, and it is what it is.”
“It’s not what people make it out to be. It’s why this sh-t sucks,” he added, “This was for my family, this was for my son, and it was taken from me.”
As for why he missed weight, Borg simply said it was because of a “legit issue” which he will be eventually addressing.
Borg is now on a two-fight skid, with a record of 11-4 (with 7 wins by stoppage).