UFC 215 main event canceled

Demetrious Johnson will have to wait on his chance at a historic victory.

UFC officials confirmed late Thursday the main event of Saturday night’s UFC 215 card in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has been canceled.

Ray Borg was forced out of the bout due to illness. He was scheduled to challenge for Johnson’s flyweight title.

Johnson was seeking a UFC-record 11th consecutive title defense. His 10 straight successful defenses ties him with former middleweight champion Anderson Silva for the longest reign in the organization’s history.

Johnson is the only 125-pound champion in UFC history. He captured the belt with a split-decision victory over Joseph Benavidez in 2012 to win a four-man tournament to determine the champion when the division was created.

The 31-year-old Washington resident equalled Silva’s record with a third-round submission of Wilson Reis in April.

Borg, 24, has won five of his last six fights, though he has failed to make weight before two of his last four bouts.

There is no indication as of yet whether the illness was related to his weight cut.

UFC 215 will now be headlined by a women’s bantamweight title bout between Valentina Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes.

Contact Adam Hill at or 702-277-8028. Follow @adamhilllvrj on Twitter.

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