Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg UFC 215 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/9/17
Borg vs. Johnson
UFC: Saturday, September 9, 2017 (Rogers Place)
The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg fight Saturday during UFC 215 at the Rogers Place.
Demetrious Johnson enters this fight with a 26-2-1 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by decision. Johnson has won his last 12 fights and is coming off a April win over Wilson Reis. Johnson is averaging 3.49 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 53.3 percent. Johnson is averaging 3.43 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 53.9 percent. Johnson still hasn’t lost a fight since his 2011 bout with Dominick Cruz and will fight for the third time since December. Johnson is coming off a fight in which he proved he can do a little bit of everything, as he landed 108 significant strikes, unleashed ground and pound, handled the clinch well and then executed a third round submission. Johnson has shown many times just how balanced he is go along with his stamina and speed, but his last title defense was a perfect fight to prove why he deserves to be in the best pound for pound conversation. There’s nothing Johnson can’t do in the octagon and his fundamentals are off the charts. This will be Johnson’s fourth fight in Canada.
USA TODAY Sports
Ray Borg enters this fight with a 11-2 record and has won 55 percent of his fights by submission. Borg has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a March win over Jussier Formiga. Borg is averaging 1.51 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.4 percent. Borg is averaging 3.16 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 47.5 percent. Borg will fight for the third time since December and will get his first title shot after back-to-back victories after his loss to Justin Scoggins. Borg is a pesky little fighter who is always scrambling, grappling and looking for the takedown. Borg has produced a combined five takedowns in his last three fights and has six submission victories despite his last three wins coming by decision. Borg doesn’t have much pure striking power and isn’t as effective on his feet, as he’s at his best when he mucks things up and gets his opponent either in the clinch or on the canvas. This will be Borg’s first fight in Canada.
Johnson did have some issues with Tim Elliott, so Borg heads into this fight thinking he has a chance if he can get into a grappling battle. The problem is I look at Mighty Mouse the same way I look at Jon Jones. I have a hard time picking against them due to them being able to win in any style and proving time and time again that they’re the best in the business. Borg is a solid young fighter, but he’s not as effective if forced to fight standing up. Johnson has all the tools in his toolbox and will be able to take advantage of a somewhat limited fighter in Borg.
Johnson keeps that winning streak alive.