That’s not a small promise to make, especially considering Borg (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) had missed the mark on the scale two times before – both at flyweight. But his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, says he’s good for it.
“He’s not missing weight again,” Abdelaziz recently told MMA Junkie Radio. “Man, this boy right now is in shape. You have to understand what happened, people (don’t) know this: He slipped. He didn’t throw many punches when he fought. He slipped, he twisted his wrist – his wrist was swollen like this, and we had to hide it from the commission. He slipped when he was cutting weight.”
People, however, did know. After dropping a unanimous-decision loss to Kenney, who had stepped in as a last-minute replacement, Borg told “The Luke Thomas Show” about the accident that led to a late-night hospital trip prior to the bantamweight encounter.
“As crazy as this (expletive) sounds, the bad luck bug almost struck me again,” Borg said at the time. “It sounds crazy, and it sounds (expletive) up because, as I took a step, I took a step and I slipped, and I hit my head on the bathtub.”
As Abdelaziz told MMA Junkie Radio, Borg insisted on making it to the fight. And, clearly, he managed. But staying in the hospital up until 3 a.m. the day before he was supposed to weigh in didn’t really help with the cut. By the time he’d reached 137.75 pounds, Borg said he was “physically and mentally” exhausted and decided not to go on.
The good news is that, in the same post in which he made the big promise, Borg said he made some “drastic changes” to his lifestyle – including his diet and camps. With that, Borg said he expected to show the world his “true talent and potential.”
We’ll see how that translates to his next fights, but Borg certainly has time on his side. Considering all the hardships he’s been through in his personal life, not to mention the fact he’s already had a UFC title shot against long-reigning ex-champ Demetrious Johnson, it’s easy to forget that he is only 25.
“He’s a kid, man,” Abdelaziz said.
Borg is currently unbooked in the UFC, after a submission loss to Johnson and the decision he dropped to Kenney snapped a two-fight winning streak. But, according to Borg’s social media, his wife will be representing the family in the cage soon.
To hear from Abdelaziz, check out the video above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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