Is Former UFC Title Contender Ray Borg Retiring?
Now that he’s no longer with the UFC, Ray Borg has cleared the air on whether or not he’s retiring.
Borg made a social media post that he quickly deleted. The statement read like a retirement announcement. When he took the post down, many wondered if Borg was having second thoughts. As it turns out, the former UFC Flyweight Title contender jumped the gun.
Speaking to Sherdog.com, Borg discussed what made him have second thoughts on hanging up his gloves.
“I had intentions on retiring. I really did. But I started getting messages from people, and the ones that really hit me hard were messages from kids I used to coach and train. Young kids who come from troubled beginnings. And I always told them to work hard and they can get themselves out of the gutter. And I had some kids message me saying, ‘Hey coach, you can’t retire. You taught me to be tougher than that. It’s too soon for you, you’re only 27.’ Then I talked to my wife, and to be honest, my wife didn’t know I decided I was going to retire. So she comes at me [and asks], ‘What are you doing? Why are you retiring?’ I was like, I have to. I’ve got to pay the bills for you guys. And she’s like, ‘Nah, you can’t.’ And she let me know I owe it to my son. I can’t have my son look at me in 10 years and tell me, ‘Dad, why did you quit?’”
After failing to compete for his planned August 1 showdown with Nathan Maness, Borg was released from his UFC contract. Throughout the years, Borg has been hit with a plethora of unfortunate circumstances. From injuries to bad weight cuts to his son’s illness, Borg has seen better days but he plans to keep on pushing forward and hopes to be back in the UFC someday.
So far, Borg has amassed a pro MMA record of 13-5. He was last seen sharing the Octagon with Ricky Simon back on May 13. “The Tazmexican Devil” lost the hotly contested battle via split decision.