Elite flyweight grapplers squared off last night (Sat., Mar. 11, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 106 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil, with the ever-improving Ray Borg facing the very dangerous Jussier Formiga.
Formiga backed up Borg with a combination ending in a kick to begin Round 1. They exchanged, and Formiga tried to duck under for a takedown that didn’t work. Borg threw a vicious uppercut. They ended in the clinch, then separated after Borg threw a couple knees. Referee Mario Yamasaki stops the action after Borg takes an inside kick to the jewels. They restarted quickly. Borg feinted, threw a one-two, and ducked under for the clinch. He pushed Formiga to the cage. They exchanged knees. Borg was being held against the cage with head pressure, but used a single collar tie to land some nice knees. They exchanged, and Borg hit a couple vicious knees in the clinch. Formiga tried a spinning backfist that bounced harmlessly off the gloves of Borg. Borg landed a body kick before eating a return combination. Borg landed a nice shot and taunted, hands up, as the horn sounded to end the round.
Borg came out hot in the second, throwing an overhand with a shot immediately behind it. Formiga shrugged off a single leg attempt. He feinted, then landed a nice inside low kick. Borg tried a leaping knee that fell just short. He threw a rear straight, ducked under, and picked Formiga up, but the Brazilian based out of the slam, landing on all fours like a cat. Borg pushed him to the cage, looking for the single-leg takedown again. He had trouble finishing it, and Yamasaki eventually restarted it in the center of the Octagon. Formiga hit a double jab to a cross. Borg kept throwing knees each time they clinched in the center of the cage. They exchanged left hooks. Formiga hit a nice inside leg kick. He stumbled Borg with another jab-to-leg-kick combination, but Borg came back with a leg kick to backfist combination of his own. The fight was extremely close after two rounds.
Borg shot in and drove halfway across the Octagon to start the final frame, but couldn’t hold Formiga down even for a second. Formiga got Borg down, tried to take his back, and briefly had mount before Borg scrambled and nearly took Formiga’s back. Borg tried for a takedown on the cage, but Formiga reversed it, got Borg down and locked in a body triangle from the back in a lightning transition. Borg held on and tried to escape as Formiga looked for the choke. Eventually Ray Borg worked free and got to the top position, looking to land ground-and-pound from the guard of Formiga. He hit several nice single elbows. He began to posture up and string punches and elbows together. This prompted Jussier to spin away, but he gave Borg his back in transition. Borg floated on top, ending in a half guard position, and briefly tried for a submission in the last ten seconds.
Borg tells Brian Stann in the post-fight interview that this wasn’t the most exciting fight of his career, but that’s to be expected in the hot weather against the number three guy in the division. He tells flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and No. 1 contender Wilson Reis that he is coming.
Final result: Ray Borg def. Jussier Formiga by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
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