- Demetrious Johnson has only lost two of his 29 career fights and is unbeaten since his defeat by Dominick Cruz in October 2011. He became flyweight champion the following year and has defended his title an incredible ten times, most recently in April when his third-round armbar forced a submission from Wilson Reis.
- Ray Borg has bounced back strongly from his second career loss, to Justin Scoggins in February 2016, to earn a shot at the flyweight championship. He overcame Louis Smolka via unanimous decision in December last year and also got the better of Justin Formiga this March after another strong showing.
‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson stands on the brink of history as a victory over Borg would set a new mark for the most successful title defences in UFC, and there has been criticism in some quarters of his reluctance to step up for a ‘superfight’ against former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw. While 24-year-old Borg is an exciting prospect with fine grappling skills who is only going to get better, there is a sense that he is not ready yet to compete with Johnson at this level.
The short odds for Johnson to win are therefore fair, if not very attractive. A man who has not been beaten for six years is not about to get caught out by such an inexperienced fighter. He has previously seen off the threat of other good challengers such as Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson and has too much all-round class for Borg. However, the bout could still go the distance, as Borg has not yet been stopped early in his career, while 11 of Johnson’s 26 wins have needed to be ruled on by the judges.
Sports.net’s Top Tip:
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Demetrious Johnson by decision or technical decision
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.