UFC 215 is set to take place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Saturday night, but the Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg flyweight title fight will no longer be serving as the main event.
Late Thursday/early Friday morning, it was reported that Johnson vs. Borg has been canceled after Borg fell ill.
MMAFighting.com was first to report the news.
The UFC confirmed the news in a statement, offering ticket refunds to fans.
Due to a viral illness to UFC flyweight contender Ray Borg, the main event bout against champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 215 has been cancelled. Borg was deemed unfit to compete by the UFC medical team.
With the removal of Johnson vs. Borg, customers may request a full refund of purchased tickets at point of sale.
UFC doctors ruled Borg unfit to compete on Saturday, but his team says the issues were not weight cut related.
It wasn’t weight related,” Borg’s nutritionist Dr. Michelle Ingels of Perfecting Athletes said. “Ray has been getting progressively more sick each day this week and still wanted to fight so badly that he put on a game face and went to all of his fight week obligations.
“However, prior to beginning the bulk of his weight cut the UFC doctor examined Borg and concluded that he was too ill to fight this week and needed time to rest and get better.”
With Johnson vs. Borg now off of the pay-per-view, a women’s bantamweight title fight between current champion Amanda Nunes and challenger Valentina Shevchenko will fill in the headlining slot. Nunes vs. Shevchenko was supposed to take place earlier this year, but fell through hours before the fight after Nunes was hospitalized.
A flyweight bout between Henry Cejudo and Wilson Reis will be moved from the prelims to pay-per-view to fill the empty spot on the main card.
UFC 215 takes place Saturday night at Rogers Place. The pay-per-view will begin at 10:00 p.m. ET.