Ray Borg issues quick and thoughtful statement on Demetrious Johnson loss

Lynette Rowe
October 9, 2017

Tony Ferguson whittled down the myriad of options for Conor McGregor's next fight to a simple pair - defend or vacate.

Derrick Lewis was forced out of the fight earlier in the day after a back injury flared up and Harris agreed to move from his fight with Mark Godbeer to meet the former champion. White stood behind everything Ferguson said in regards to McGregor. There's no way that's not a great fight.

McGregor has held up Ferguson's career long enough. He went and partied in Ibiza for a while and then went home for a while.

"It can be Khabib, it can be Conor, I'm going to go back to the drawing board, talk to my manager, agents and my team but the fight is with Conor".

"I'm saving my good material" for McGregor, Ferguson said.

Ferguson let his guard down and allowed Lee to hit him, especially in the first round, but continued to talk trash regardless.

Ferguson theorized: "The boy's scared".

Speaking at the UFC 216 press conference, White dismissed talk of a trilogy fight between McGregor and Nate Diaz being the Irishman's next bout. He's got nowhere else to run.

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Ferguson improved to 23-3, and Lee dropped to 16-3.

"The staph was bothering me throughout the weight cut", Lee said.

No, Johnson elevated Borg, tossed him to the mat and then slapped on the fight-ending submission, which earned "Performance of the Night" honors.

While McGregor likes the idea of fighting Khabib in Russian Federation, his inconsistency in showing up to fights puts millions in promoting at stake if he doesn't make weight. "I was like, 'Got you.' I grunted and threw him up and kept squeezing and squeezing", Johnson said of his seemingly unprecedented throw of Borg that was quickly followed by Johnson grabbing Borg's arm, setting up the finish.

However it took an additional hour to get things squared away for the main event of the evening.

"Tony was the better man tonight", he added of his opponent.

Interestingly, White also indicated that he's not completely ruled out the possibility that McGregor could fight Ferguson by the end of the year.

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