Demetrious Johnson’s long-awaited opportunity to break Anderson Silva’s 10 title defenses record will have to wait due to a sudden change on the UFC 215 PPV card.
According to MMAFighting.com, this Saturday night’s UFC 215 pay-per-view flyweight championship main event of champion Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg is cancelled. The challenger Borg is dropping out of the main event due to an illness he has been battling throughout fight week.
The UFC women’s bantamweight championship co-main event rematch of champion Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko now gets top billing.
Johnson has never been a PPV draw, bu the champ known to fans as “Mighty Mouse” is on the verge of cementing his legacy among the all-time MMA greats. With a win over Borg at UFC 215, Johnson would have broken Anderson Silva’s 10 UFC title defenses record. Johnson will have to wait a bit longer for the opportunity to reach 11 successful title defenses and there are no guarantees his next opponent will still be Borg.
UFC 215 will have even more of an uphill battle in regards to drawing any semblance of decent PPV buys, as the event takes place just two weeks after Mayweather vs. McGregor — and now has one less main event matchup to sell even the most hardcore MMA fans on.
Fred Richani discussed the breaking news via our TSC News YouTube channel on Friday:
The current UFC 215: Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2 card for Saturday, September 9, 2017:
UFC 215 PPV Main Card
UFC women’s bantamweight championship: Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Valentina Shevchenko 2
Welterweight: Neil Magny vs. Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos
Light Heavyweight: Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro
Featherweight: Jeremy Stephens vs. Gilbert Melendez
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Women’s Bantamweight: Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira
Flyweight: Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
Women’s Bantamweight: Sarah Moras vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Featherweight: Gavin Tucker vs. Rick Glenn
Preliminary Card (Streaming live on UFC Fight Pass/UFC.tv)
Lightweight: Mitch Clarke vs. Alex White
Heavyweight: Luis Henrique vs. Arjan Bhullar
Lightweight: Kajan Johnson vs. Adriano Martins
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