The drama surrounding Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (and his next opponent) is still going strong. The odd man out — forced to sit idly by while “Mighty Mouse,” T.J. Dillashaw and UFC President Dana White go at it through the media — is Ray Borg, who is patiently waiting to see how it all shakes out.
And for his crack at the crown.
While “The Tazmexican Devil” isn’t exactly known for his trash talk, the No. 3-ranked 125-pound fighter appeared on “The MMA Hour“ to make his case and explain the reason(s) a fight between he and Johnson would sell just as much as one pitting “Mighty Mouse” against Dillashaw.
“Yeah, I think we can sell just as well as T.J.,” he said. “The only reason why it seems more interesting to the fans is because T.J. is a former champion and has the beef with Cody and that’s accelerated his name a bit.
“T.J. was barely becoming a draw until he fought Dominick, he wasn’t much of a draw at all and no one even thought he deserved a title fight against Barao the first time,” Borg continued. “He was coming off a loss to Assuncao, and then one win, so some didn’t think he deserved the title shot but he went in there and won the belt. After that, people were like, ‘Okay, I like T.J., I might start tuning in.’”
For Borg, had it not been for Dillashaw’s much-publicized beef with former Team Alpha Male (TAM) teammate and current UFC bantamweight kingpin Cody Garbrandt, no one would even care about him.
“I don’t think it was until the whole Cody thing that people were going to start tuning in to watch T.J.,” he said. “I feel if it’s going to be a difference in numbers, I don’t think it will be that big a difference with me and DJ.”
Garbrandt remains sidelined with a back injury.
“I feel I can sell a fight just as well as T.J. can,” he continued. “I’m not corny, I’m not cheesy and if I’m going to talk some shit, I’m going to talk some shit. It’s going to be real, not this ‘Jabroni, I’m going to punch you in the face’-type stuff. I’m going to call it like I see it.”
And while Borg wants nothing more than to get his title shot against Johnson, he also doesn’t want to sit around for too long, revealing he wants to stay active and get a fight as soon as possible. As he puts it, the rest of the 125-pound division is getting booked up while he sits in limbo waiting for everything to get worked out.
“If D.J. fights T.J., where does that put me? Because there’s not much left. Moraga won last week, Ben Nguyen got a win, who knows? The further this things drags out, the further I just want to get on with my life and continue to fight.”