Ray Borg has missed weight four times in the last eight fights. He even tried moving up to bantamweight, but missed weight again. At UFC on ESPN+ 25 on Saturday, he failed again, and it was widely assumed he would move up from flyweight again.
However, at the post-fight press conference, "The Tazmexican Devil" said he hopes to stay put.
“I need to talk it over with my manager and with the UFC, but me personally, I think 125 is good for me,” said Borg as transcribed by Danny Segura and Matt Erickson for MMA Junkie. “I don’t feel like it had anything to do with discipline, I’ve learned to man up to my mistakes and accept accountability.
“If there is one thing I can say is that it wasn’t discipline, not being in the right weight, it was just the system not working for me. Everything was perfect the whole week. When I spoke to you guys in the media scrum before, everything was great, weight wasn’t even high, and as soon as we started the cut – you guys saw we took the extra hour, we even asked for more time – but the weight wasn’t cooperating.
“I truly feel like it’s just finding the right system. I’ve worked with so many weight-cut gurus, weight-cut dietitians, and I’ve tried always to pick things that I like from each one and tried to squeeze it all in one weight cut. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. I think it’s just finding the right weight-cut system that’s best for my career.”
“I don’t have a problem at 135; I can compete with guys that size.It’s not something that’s out of the picture. I just feel comfortable at 125, and if I were to move to 135, I would have to find a way to get my body comfortable at 135 and not just 125.”
“It would obviously be way better if the weight went my way. But to fight in front of my home town, a lot of people say it’s a dream to do this, it’s a dream to do that, and in high school, when I was preparing for MMA, I always told myself no matter what stage I was on, it would always be the coolest thing in the world to fight on a big stage in front of my home town. So there is no explaining how this moment feels.”