The bout will serve as the headliner for UFC 215 at Rogers Place in
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Sept. 9. Additionally, a women’s
bantamweight championship clash between Amanda
Nunes and Valentina
Shevchenko – originally scheduled for UFC 213 -- has been
rebooked as the UFC 215 co-main event. Promotion officials
confirmed the matchups on Thursday.
Johnson was recently involved in a public dispute with the
promotion regarding his next opponent. The UFC wanted “Mighty
Mouse” to attempt to break the record for most consecutive belt
defenses against ex-bantamweight king T.J.
Dillashaw, while Johnson preferred Borg. The AMC Pankration
product recently made his 10th straight title defense, tying
Silva’s record, with a third-round submission of Wilson Reis
at UFC on Fox 24.
Borg, meanwhile, has won five of his last six Octagon appearances.
He last appeared at UFC Fight Night 106, where he earned a
unanimous decision triumph over Jussier da
Silva on March 11. The 23-year-old Jackson-Wink MMA product
owns an 11-2 career mark.
Nunes pulled out of her UFC 213 title defense against Shevchenko on
the day of the bout due to illness. However, UFC President Dana
White said that the Brazilian champion was cleared to fight.
“You can’t make anybody fight,” White said at the UFC 213
post-fight press conference. “She said, ‘I don’t feel right.’ I
think it was 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. A lot of
times we’ve had fighters who don’t feel right and other times
they’re outright sick. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a situation
like today where she was physically capable of fighting.”
Nunes and Shevchenko initially squared off at UFC 196, with
“Lioness” capturing a unanimous decision victory.