This Saturday night, in the main event of the anticipated UFC 215, 24-year-old flyweight contender Ray Borg will attempt to do the seemingly impossible and derail the historic win-streak of champ Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.
Borg, of course, is not the first man to attempt to end Mighty Mouse’s reign. Ten others have tried and failed. When the cage door closes on Saturday, however, he believes he’s got what it takes to defeat the dominating flyweight king.
He broke down his advantages on the latest episode of BJ Penn Radio:
“I HAVE ALL THE CONFIDENCE IN THE WORLD THAT I CAN GO IN THERE AND BEAT DJ IN EVERY ASPECT,” HE TOLD HOSTKINCH. “IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, DJ IS GREAT EVERYWHERE. BUT REALLY, THE REASON HE GETS AWAY WITH FIGHTS IS ‘CAUSE HE CAN DRAG THESE GUYS INTO DEEP WATERS AND JUST DROWN THEM.”
“HE’S SHOWN VULNERABILITY, TIME AND TIME AGAIN,” BORG CONTINUED. “I ALSO THINK STYLES REALLY MAKE FIGHTS. I THINK HONESTLY, MY STYLE IS NOT AS A GOOD A MATCHUP FOR HIM AS ANYBODY HE’S EVER FOUGHT. I BRING IT ALL TO THE TABLE. I CAN STRIKE, I CAN GRAPPLE, I CAN CUT ANGLES. I CAN MATCH HIS SPEED, MORE IMPORTANTLY, AND I HAVE THE EXPLOSIVENESS TO DO SO AS WELL. THE SCARY PART FOR DJ IS THAT HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT I’M COMING INTO THIS FIGHT WITH. EVERYBODY HE’S FOUGHT HAS BEEN THE SAME FIGHTER THEIR WHOLE CAREER. YOU CAN’T TELL ME MY LAST TWO FIGHTS THAT I’M NOT CHANGING. I’M CHANGING, I’M COMING INTO MY OWN EACH FIGHT. MY STYLE HAS CHANGED AND EVOLVED MY LAST COUPLE FIGHTS, SO DJ HAS NO CLUE WHAT HE’S IN FOR FIGHT NIGHT. HE’S GOING TO SEE HOW MUCH I’VE PROGRESSED, AND THE WORLD’S GOING TO SEE HOW MUCH I’VE PROGRESSED.”
Is Ray Borg the man to defeat Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson?
This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 9/7/2017.