The UFC will invade Edmonton, Alberta, Canada next weekend for UFC 215. The pay-per-view event is headlined by a flyweight title fight featuring long-time champion Demetrious Johnson taking on Ray Borg.
This is it, folks. This is one of the reasons he declined a fight with T.J. Dillashaw. “Mighty Mouse” will attempt to make UFC history at the event by breaking the record for the most successful title defenses by a UFC champion with 11, beating out Anderson Silva. Johnson was last seen in action at April’s UFC on FOX event, where he scored a third-round submission victory over Wilson Reis.
As for the “Tazmexican Devil”, Ray Borg has strung together back-to-back decision victories over Jussier Formiga and Louis Smolka.
In the co-main event of UFC 215, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will look to earn her second title defense when she rematches top division contender Valentina Shevchenko. “The Lioness” and “The Bullet” first met at UFC 196 in March of 2016, with Nunes emerging victorious via a close judges decision.
Nunes and Shevchenko were initially booked to rematch at July’s UFC 213 event in Las Vegas. Unfortunately for fights fans, Nunes fell ill in the days leading up to the fight card and was forced to withdraw from the event entirely.
Amanda Nunes was last seen in action this past December at UFC 207 in Las Vegas, where she earned a first-round TKO victory over former title holder Ronda Rousey.
As for Shevchenko, “The Bullet” is coming off a submission victory over Julianna Pena which she earned at January’s UFC on FOX event in Denver.
Demetrious Johnson is on the verge of history Saturday night when he defends his UFC flyweight title against Ray Borg at UFC 215. If Johnson wins, it will be his 11th consecutive title defense, breaking a tie with former middleweight champion Anderson Silva for most in UFC history.
Johnson’s win streak in the UFC is up to 12, tied with former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre for third most in UFC history. Johnson has held the UFC flyweight title since Sept. 22, 2012, the longest reigning current champion in the UFC.
Perhaps most important of all, Johnson is seeking to tie the career record for most wins in UFC title fights (12, Georges St-Pierre). He’ll likely accomplish it by landing a takedown that leads to a submission.
In his career, he has 10 wins by submission, and his tally of 65 takedowns landed is the fourth most in UFC history, according to FightMetric.
His opponent also uses takedowns. Borg averages 2.7 takedowns per fight, according to FightMetric. And chances are, this fight will end early. This is Borg’s second career five-round fight, and he’s never fought into the championship rounds.
Check out the full UFC 215 pay-per-view lineup below:
Main Card (10 PM EST, PPV)
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Neil Magny
Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro
Gilbert Melendez vs. Jeremy Stephens
Preliminary Card (8 PM EST, FS1)
Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira
Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras
Rick Glenn vs. Gavin Tucker
Preliminary Card (6:30 PM EST, Fight Pass)
Mitch Clarke vs. Alex White
Arjan Bhullar vs. Luis Henrique
Kajan Johnson vs. Adriano Martins