After being forced to pull from the Flyweight Championship main event of UFC 215, forcing the bout to be postponed, Ray Borg has announced he is looking for health consultation elsewhere.
Borg’s illness was not related to weight-cutting issues, according to Dr. Michelle Ingels, who was Borg’s nutritionist at the health consultation firm Perfecting Athletes.
“Ray has been getting progressively more sick each day this week and still wanted to fight so badly that he put on a game face and went to all of his fight week obligations,” Ingels said in a statement. “However, prior to beginning the bulk of his weight cut, the UFC doctor examined Borg and concluded that he was too ill to fight this week and needed time to rest and get better.”
Borg released a statement of his own, apologizing for the inconvenience of having to pull from an anticipated, and history-making, bout. He also announced he is parting ways with Perfecting Athletes.
“First, I want to say I’m sorry to the fans and to Demetrious Johnson for being unable to fight,” Borg said. “I want to say thank you to Dr. Davidson, the UFC and to Jeff Novitzky for looking out for my health and best interests. I also want to add that I am no longer working with Perfecting Athletes and Michelle Ingels, who was not authorized to speak on my behalf.”
It is still unclear as to what kind of illness forced Borg off the UFC card. The last time Borg pulled out of a bout was when he was scheduled to face Ian McCall at UFC 203.
In response to Borg’s statement, Perfecting Athletes released the following statement: “Perfecting Athletes has a long history of exceptional care and a reputation for putting our clients’ health and safety above all else. We honor and respect our clients’ privacy and have never commented about them without prior consent. We have the utmost respect for Ray as an athlete and wish him the very best.”
Original story: MMA Fighting