Ray Borg’s struggles with the scale have been well-documented, and if he loses that battle again, it could be for the last time.
That’s what the 25-year-old UFC fighter suggested on Twitter on Wednesday evening, vowing that if he ever missed weight for a fight again or was forced to withdraw for any reason besides a “serious injury,” he “will leave the sport of MMA forever.”
Borg’s full statement can be read below (edited for grammar):
“Since arriving home after my last fight, I have made some drastic changes to my lifestyle habits. I used to be very careless with my diet and stopped spending time in the gym in between fights, which turned fight camps into weight-cut camps. I have taken my career to a whole new level mentally and have started taking the steps to go from dieting/fight camps to lifestyle.
“With this lifestyle change I believe that the world will finally see my true talent and potential, I also want it to go on record that if I ever miss weight again or miss a fight due to anything other than a serious injury I will leave the sport of MMA forever. I’m coming back better than ever.”
Borg’s last fight took place on March 30, 2019 at UFC Philadelphia. He was supposed to be competing at 135 pounds for the first time inside the Octagon after a successful run at flyweight that saw him once challenge Demetrious Johnson for the UFC flyweight championship. However, Borg came in a pound over the bantamweight limit before losing a unanimous decision to Casey Kenney. It was his third official miss after previously coming in heavy for a pair of 125-pound bouts. He has also withdrawn from several bouts just days before fight night due to illnesses and other undisclosed medical issues.
In his statement, Borg does not elaborate on the lifestyle changes he is making, only describing them as “drastic” and admitting that he was “very careless” with his diet. He closed by writing, “I’m coming back better than ever.”