Saturday, September 9, 2017
UFC 215: Johnson vs. Borg is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on September 9, 2017 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
The promotion was initially planning a PPV event for August 19 at a venue to be in announced in the United States (presumably Seattle, possibly with UFC Flyweight Champion and Seattle-area resident Demetrious Johnson. However, those plans were nixed on June 26, though an exact reason wasn’t given. Therefore, an originally scheduled UFC 216 to be held at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on September 9 was renamed as UFC 215.
While the UFC has hosted many events across Canada, the event will be the first held in Edmonton (second in Alberta, after UFC 149 in 2012). Zuffa hosted a World Extreme Cagefighting event, WEC 49, at Rexall Place in Edmonton in June 2010.
A UFC Flyweight Championship bout between current champion Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg is expected to serve as the event headliner. If successful in his title defense, Johnson would become the UFC fighter with most title defenses of all time, with a total of eleven.
A UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship bout between current champion Amanda Nunes and multiple-time muay thai world champion Valentina Shevchenko is expected to take placed at this event. The pairing met previously in March 2016 at UFC 196, with Nunes winning by unanimous decision. The pairing was initially expected to meet at UFC 213. However, the bout was canceled just hours before the event started as Nunes pulled out, citing an illness despite being physically medically cleared to fight.
The August 19 event had two announced bouts, including a welterweight bout between Mike Perry and former UFC Welterweight Championship challenger Thiago Alves, as well as a middleweight bout between former Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard and Anthony Smith. In turn, both fights are expected to take place the following week at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.
A women's bantamweight bout between Sara McMann and Ketlen Vieira was expected to take place at UFC 214, but on July 7 it was announced that the bout was moved to this event.
Demetrious Johnson vs Ray Borg
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg UFC 215 main event canceled.
Demetrious Johnson won't be breaking Anderson Silva's UFC title defense record this weekend after all. In fact, he won't even get the opportunity to do so.
Ray Borg, Johnson's UFC 215 opponent, was forced to withdraw from the fight on Thursday evening due to illness, thus canceling Saturday night's main event, MMA Fighting has learned. As a result, the Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko women's bantamweight title fight will serve as the new pay-per-view main event in Edmonton.
According to multiple sources, Borg has been battling an illness this week and was deemed unfit to fight by UFC doctors. His illness was unrelated to his weight cut, sources say. “It wasn't weight related,” Borg’s nutritionist Dr. Michelle Ingels of Perfecting Athletes told MMA Fighting. “Ray has been getting progressively more sick each day this week and still wanted to fight so badly that he put on a game face and went to all of his fight week obligations. “However, prior to beginning the bulk of his weight cut the UFC doctor examined Borg and concluded that he was too ill to fight this week and needed time to rest and get better.”
Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko
Amanda Nunes beats Valentina Shevchenko via split decision. The UFC 215 main event between women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and challenger Valentina Shevchenko figured to be a barnburner. After all, their first fight last year was exciting, and both have only gotten better since.
Instead, Saturday night’s rematch turned into a tactical affair, one in which several of the rounds could have been scored either way.
The champion, however, saved her best for last in the fifth, and that was enough to retain her crown. Nunes retained the belt via split decision at Rogers Place, earning two out of three 48-47 judges’ scores.
Junior Dos Dantos vs Francis Nhannou
Junior Dos Santos Out of UFC 215 vs. Francis Ngannou Due to Doping Violation.
UFC announced Friday that Junior Dos Santos has been informed of a potential violation of its anti-doping policy after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency flagged an out-of-competition sample collected Aug. 10.
Neil Magny vs Rafael Dos Anjos
Rafael dos Anjos def. Neil Magny via submission (arm triangle) at 3:43 of round 1.
Round 1: Alright, it’s co-main event time. No glove tough here. Magny takes the outside of the cage while dos Anjos takes the inside. Dos Anjos drops Magny and gets top position. Dos Anjos working from half guard. Solid control by the Brazilian. Heavy ground-and-pound by dos Anjos. We’re half way through the round. Dos Anjos gets side control. Dos Anjos moves to full mount and begins to land elbows. Dos Anjos locks an arm triangle. It looks tight. And there is the tap, amazing performance.
Jeremy Stephens vs Gilbert Melendez
Jeremy Stephens earns one-sided win over Gilbert Melendez
Jeremy Stephens worked Melendez over for the better part of their UFC 215 matchup at Rogers Place. Stephens was crisp with his boxing and ruthlessly efficient with kicks to Melendez’s left leg. The always-tough Melendez made it to the final horn before losing via unanimous decision on scores of 30-26, 30-26, and 30-25. While the fight promised fireworks on paper, it became clear early Stephens was the sharper of the two. He landed combos to the head and body and most importantly, started scoring with low kicks to Melendez’s left leg.
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.