Former Title challenger Ray Borg (13-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) has fallen out of a fight yet again, this time from his UFC on ESPN+ 31 matchup against Nate Maness. Borg is out for undisclosed reason.
A replacement has been found, however. Maness (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is now expected to fight fellow debuter, Johnny Munoz as long as it is finalized.
Borg now has missed back-to-back bookings. At UFC on ESPN 10 in June, Borg was supposed to fight Merab Dvalishvili. However, two days before the bout, Ray Borg left Las Vegas when he has to return home for personal reasons.
Two people with knowledge of the situation informed MMA Junkie of the change early Friday but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion had yet to make an announcement just hours before-weigh-ins.
A former flyweight title challenger, Borg’s history includes multiple weight misses, It started when Borg fought Geane Herrera at UFC Fight Night 73: St. Preux vs Teixeira, and most importanly when he got his shot at then-flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in 2017, and removal from UFC 223 when he was part of the McGergor bus attack on a fighter van following a media day.
Nate Maness, 29, is a former TKO MMA champion. The american born fighter has picked up six finishes (four knockouts and two submissions) in 12 professional bouts. His only ever professional loss was suffered to former UFC bantamweight Taylor Lapilus in May 2019.
Munoz (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) comes into UFC on ESPN+ 31 as the KOTC bantamweight champion. Out of 10 professional victories, Munoz has finished eight inside the distance. Before the signing with the UFC, Munoz was expected to compete on Dana White’s Contender Series this summer. Now he has a turn of events and will make is debut tomorrow night.