This is the UFC Fight Night 106 live blog for Jussier Formiga vs. Ray Borg, a flyweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Formiga, who has won four of his past five fights, will face Borg, who also won four of his past five fights, on the main card.
Check out the UFC Fight Night 106 live blog below.
Round 1: Mario Yamasaki is the third man in the cage. They touch gloves, and Formiga holds the middle. Nice combom from him, as he goes high-low, and that shot on the end lands. And another right hand on the end of a combo in the next exchange. Borg's movement is unorthodox. Borg slams a big body shot with knee, and Formiga just rolls right through it. When they exchange, it's full of action — hard to see everything going on. Leg kick from Borg, and his movement is all over. Now he takes a kick right to the groin, and Yamasaki halts the action. Borg lunges forward winging punches, and Formiga coolly grabs him and spins him to the fence. Now the toil there, as he is landing knees to Borg's thighs in that clinch. They are voluminous. It's Borg with the plum, and he's landing some knees up top on Formiga. They break. Big left hook from Formiga, but Borg blocked it. Uppercut from Borg, and that lands. He's doing splendid job of making Formiga miss and then countering. Slip by Formiga, and Borg drew air with his strikes. They clinch and trade right hands. Formiga in the middle, and there's a nice trade and the Formiga combo landed flush. Borg with a spinning punch that lands! Wow. Crazy round — could go either way. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Borg, 10-9.
Round 2: Borg comes in quick, throws up top and then shoots for double leg. Formiga defends, but now into the fence as Borg tries to hoist him up. Can't. Now Formiga reverses, and they break. Another body shot from Borg, and then a hard inside leg kick from Formiga. Flying knee from Borg — who isn't afraid to try the highlight reel stuff — and it was mostly blocked. Now he grabs Formiga, and nearly dumps him for a slam, but Formiga regains his equilibrium and won't go. Still, on the fence now Borg goes to work, trying to take Formiga down. The Brazilian meanwhile is dropping sharp elbows. Borg is insistent. He wants that single-leg, and now he gives that up. He has Formiga on that fence, unable to do much. Crown lets up a volley of boos, and Yamasaki breaks them up, sensing the stall. Nice one-two from Formiga, and he shoots for a double — can't get it. Lightning fast hands from Formiga. Borg has the quickest uppercut in the game, perhaps. Borg lands a nice combo and gets out of there. This fight is very close. Every trade seems about equal. Spinning backfist from Formiga now, and that's blocked. Heavy leg kick from Borg. Takedown defense is great from Formiga. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Borg, 10-9 (20-18 overall)
Round 3: Borg straight away rushes for the takedown, and he gets it for a brief second, and now as he wants to get something on fence it's Formiga that gets the takedown. What a sequence! Now they are up, after a mad scramble, and Borg has the single-leg on the fence. Formiga able to transition around and he has Borg down on the fence, and he's got his back! Furious action here. Formiga trying to get a rear-naked, and he has a body triangle. This is a bad spot for Borg. Borg still landing shots backwards, but no mustard. He's writhing, but Formiga isn't letting him go. He has that body lock, but can't yet work the hook. Borg doing an excellent job defending. Formiga very poised there, and Borg turns and now he's on top! Wow. He his in Formiga's guard, and he tries to posture up. Elbows from Borg now, landing at will. Borg lands a big one there. These elbows are no joke. These are brutal, and now Formiga turns around and Borg has his back. He had no choice there, as Borg tries to flatten him. As Formiga tries to shed his menace, he ends up in danger of giving up his neck. The round ends there though. This scorecard should be interesting. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Borg, 10-9 (30-27 overall for Borg).
UFC Fight Night Fortaleza official results: Ray Borg def. Jussier Formiga via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)