Ray Borg pulled off a big win a few weeks back at UFC 207, when he defeated top 15 ranked Louis Smolka by unanimous decision. Unfortunately for Borg, he missed weight for the second time during his UFC run, but missing weight or not, the fighter is getting tired of fan criticism.
“I missed weight by a good amount this time, but I did everything man,” Borg told MMA Junkie Radio. “The casual fans and everything, they don’t know what a weight cut is like. They’ve been trying to lose the same five pounds for three years. They don’t understand what it’s like to cut weight. I was always having these long layoffs between my fights. Since I made my debut, my fights have been, for the most part, (are) five to six months in between, and mentally I start to get it in my head, ‘OK, I’m not going to fight for another month.’ So I start to fall off the wagon as far as my eating control. I’m a realist. I’m going to be real with myself. I know the mistakes. If you can identify your mistakes you can fix them, and I know I wasn’t that great with my offseason eating.”
While Borg does feel he needs to make changes to his diet plan and eating habits, he feels one of the reasons he missed weight at UFC 207 is due to some added stress outside of the cage.
“I think a lot of that had to do with stress,” Borg said. “I was under a crap load of stress in my personal life being sued by my former coach and him putting it out for the public to see on the local news and everything. I was under a lot of stress fighting and seeing him all fight week. I was under a lot of stress. It was hard, but no excuses. I never stopped cutting. I tried to the very end, and I need to make some adjustments to my offseason life.”
The other fight that Borg missed weight for was at UFC 203, where he was to fight Ian McCall, but the fight was scrapped due to Borg’s failed weight cut.