A key flyweight contendership bout is in the works as the UFC are looking to book Ray Borg vs Joseph Benavidez. Damon Martin first reported the news on Monday that Borg vs Benavidez is slated for UFC 229 in Las Vegas.
Brett Okamoto rightly pointed out on Twitter that UFC 229 takes place on October 6th. The October card of course sees one of the biggest fights in MMA history when Conor McGregor challenges Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title.
However, after Conor’s attack on the fighter bus at UFC 223, the Brooklyn court ordered him to stay away from Ray Borg among others. The logistics of this one are complex.
This bout features two of the bigger names in the flyweight division, Ray Borg challenged Demetrius Johnson for the title in his last outing. Many praised Borg for his toughness, he hung on for a long time when Johnson had the armbar locked in.
Benavidez is a big name in MMA, he has often come within touching distance of the flyweight belt but it has always eluded him. It would be easy to call this a number one contender bout but matchmaking politics may beg to differ.
The UFC could look to book a superfight next between bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and 125 pound titilist, Henry Cejudo. The promotion are cooling on superfights but they were looking to make Dillashaw vs Johnson initially. Perhaps the two divisions need it as the talent pools at the top are rather shallow.
There is also a chance that Demetrius Johnson will receive an immediate rematch. ‘Mighty Mouse’ was a dominant champion with nine title defences, before dropping the belt to Cejudo on Sunday.
Nevertheless, Benavidez versus Ray Borg is a great fight. Flyweight needs stars right now, it is easily the least lucrative division in the organisation. Fights such as these could see stars emerge.
Source: Damon Martin