As the fighter prepares for UFC 216, there is going to be a major change and that is that he won’t be working with a nutritionist leading into the event.
“I found myself in a weird predicament,” Borg said on The MMA Hour. “I found myself wanting to just do what I did to get to the show. When I got to the UFC, UFC fights prior, I knew my body more than any nutritionist did. No matter how many nutritionists I’ve worked with, I know how my body reacts to certain things and I know the way I can cut weight the easiest, the best, and the fastest. I tried to complicate things by adding in too many people just to make things easier throughout my career. So as of right now, I’m just doing what got me to the show, doing what I used to do with a little bit of guidance from the nutritionist for the UFC Performance Institute. So, just consulting with him, he’s going to just kinda monitor everything, make sure I’m doing everything right and I make sure I stay on my food, make sure the biggest thing is recovery after training, things like that. But other than that, right now, where my weight’s at, I don’t need a nutritionist. I’m just going to do what I’ve done before.”
Borg is getting another opportunity for the title shot at UFC 216, an opportunity he had to take because the champion set a deadline for him to get his title shot. Borg went at Fightful Managing Editor Sean Ross Sapp on Twitter the night of UFC 215.
The title challenger says he was extremely ill leading into the event, an illness that also affected his wife and others around him.
“Everyone at Jackson’s, even Greg Jackson himself, came up to me and told me he doesn’t even know how I made it to fight week,” Borg said. “Because Greg Jackson was sick as well, and my wife caught it before I did, and just everyone at the gym was just catching it; the flu was going around, a lot of people were staying home sick. I think what really intensified it is a lot of people were also trying to push through it, and a lot of people were training sick. So it was just, the flu was going around here in Albuquerque with the weather change and everything. It just so happened to be bad timing.”
UFC 216 takes place on Saturday, October 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.