Former UFC fighter Ray Borg stunned the MMA world last week when he announced his retirement, but those plans have changed.
Borg will now continue on with his professional MMA career and Borg credits his wife for changing his mind.
“To be honest, my depression and stress got the best of me, and I was really in it that day. I was done. I just really didn’t want more of the sport," Borg told Sherdog. "I have a family, a wife and a son, and the first thing I thought to myself was I let myself get cut from the UFC, and I’ve got to put food on the table. I think the best thing to do for myself and my family is to straight up get a nine to five [job]. As gut-wrenching as something like that is to say. I had intentions on retiring. I really did."
"But I started getting messages from people, and the ones that really hit me hard were messages from kids I used to coach and train. Young kids who come from troubled beginnings. And I always told them to work hard and they can get themselves out of the gutter. And I had some kids message me saying, ‘Hey coach, you can’t retire. You taught me to be tougher than that. It’s too soon for you, you’re only 27.’ Then I talked to me wife, and to be honest, my wife didn’t know I decided I was going to retire," he revealed. "So she comes at me [and asks], ‘What are you doing? Why are you retiring?’ I was like, I have to. I’ve got to pay the bills for you guys. And she’s like, ‘Nah, you can’t.’ And she let me know I owe it to my son. I can’t have my son look at me in 10 years and tell me, ‘Dad, why did you quit?,'"
The former UFC fighter has already deleted the Instagram post announcing his retirement, but no future plans have been revealed at this time. Borg does hold a 13-5-0 record as a professional MMA fighter, with notable wins coming over Shane Howell, Louis Smolka, Jussier Formiga and Rogerio Bontorin.