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Ray Borg issues statement on UFC Rio Rancho weight miss, past retirement talk

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093_Demetrious_Johnson_vs_Ray_Borg.0.jpgRay Borg | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Ray Borg isn’t making any excuses after missing weight again.

The 26-year-old came in heavy at Friday’s weigh-ins for UFC Rio Rancho, which marks the fourth time that he has missed weight in the UFC. Shortly afterwards, Borg took to social media to address the gaffe.

Wish I had an excuse but I don’t, my camp knows that this is the most disciplined I have ever been during camp, weight was good all camp and all week. I stayed in contact with the crew at the UFC PI all week and followed all their protocols. The more we started cutting the less that started to come off, we were dedicated to making the weight and took the extra hour they gave us and did what we could with it. We asked for more time with all the intentions in the world to make the weight but unfortunately they only allowed us an hour. We still have a fight to win tomorrow and all my focus is on that, I was so confident in my ability to make weight that I even vowed to retire if I missed weight again, which is a subject that currently is not on my mind at the moment . I will put on a good show for my home town tomorrow night, thank you to my team for all the help along with my manager and the rest of my crew that was apart of this camp. Sorry to my opponent and his Team for the unprofessionalism and hope to put on a good show tomorrow.

A post shared by Ray Borg (@tazmexufc) on Feb 14, 2020 at 12:05pm PST

Borg initially weighed in at 128 pounds. After being given an extra hour to cut weight, his second attempt was the same.

“Wish I had an excuse but I don’t, my camp knows that this is the most disciplined I have ever been during camp, weight was good all camp and all week,” Borg wrote. “I stayed in contact with the crew at the UFC [Performance Institute] all week and followed all their protocols. The more we started cutting the less that started to come off, we were dedicated to making the weight and took the extra hour they gave us and did what we could with it.”

Borg previously missed weight in the UFC once for a bantamweight bout and on two occasions at flyweight.

This latest miss comes 10 months after Borg vowed that he would retire if he missed weight or withdrew from a fight for any reason besides having a serious injury. He mentioned those comments in Friday’s statement, saying that it is “a subject that currently is not on my mind at the moment.”

Borg’s opponent, Rogerio Bontorin, successfully made weight and he agreed to proceed with the scheduled flyweight contest with Borg forfeiting 30 percent of his purse.

Read Borg’s full statement below.

Wish I had an excuse but I don’t, my camp knows that this is the most disciplined I have ever been during camp, weight was good all camp and all week. I stayed in contact with the crew at the UFC PI all week and followed all their protocols. The more we started cutting the less that started to come off, we were dedicated to making the weight and took the extra hour they gave us and did what we could with it. We asked for more time with all the intentions in the world to make the weight but unfortunately they only allowed us an hour. We still have a fight to win tomorrow and all my focus is on that, I was so confident in my ability to make weight that I even vowed to retire if I missed weight again, which is a subject that currently is not on my mind at the moment . I will put on a good show for my home town tomorrow night, thank you to my team for all the help along with my manager and the rest of my crew that was apart of this camp. Sorry to my opponent and his Team for the unprofessionalism and hope to put on a good show tomorrow.

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