When you start so young, you seem older than your peers. Likewise, the quote is reminiscent of Ray Borg as he started fighting professionally at just 18. Since then, Ray has established himself as one of the top flyweight fighters in the world.
From having fought in small unknown MMA organizations to battling probably the best flyweight in UFC history, Demetrius Johnson, for the title, Borg has achieved it all. Added to that, the Arizona native is only 26b years at the moment, which means that he still has another decade left in his body.
Let’s get started on this journey of Roy, where we will take you through his early life to his professional career. We have also provided details regarding his net worth, fight purse, wife, son, age, record, social media, etc.
|Full Name||Raymond Anthony Borg|
|Birth Date||August 4, 1993|
|Birth Place||Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A|
|Nick Name||The Tazmexican Devil|
|Father’s Name||Not available|
|Mother’s Name||Not available|
|Age||26 years old|
|Height||5’4″ (1.63 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg)|
|Profession||Mixed Martial Arts|
|Reach||63 inch (160 cm)|
|Team||Jackson’s MMA Acoma (Current), FitNHB, Jackson Wink MMA Academy (Former)|
|Fighting out of||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
Ray Borg: Early Life
Raymond Anthony Borg was born to his parents on August 4, 1993, in Tucson, Arizona. But, unfortunately, the information regarding Ray’s parents seem to have been kept in the dark.
Nonetheless, what we do know is that Borg has a younger brother, Jonathan Borg, with whom he shared a strong bond and still does. Likewise, the duo and their grandfather used to go on hunting trips when young Ray was only 11 years old.
Thus, from very early on in his life, the Arizona native was exposed to dangerous environments. As a result, it made him strong-willed and fearless, which has undoubtedly helped his fighting career.
Ray Borg: Career
Borg started his professional career in 2012 at the age of 18 but did not seem fazed a bit. In fact, the then 18-year-old won his first professional bout against Gene Perez in the very first round. Moreover, the fight ended due to a rear-naked choke.
Thus, having won his debut match with stunning fashion, Ray was gaining momentum. After that, the 5 feet 4 flyweight used his confidence to win his next five bouts as he won all the fights via stoppages except one.
As a matter of fact, even the one decision victory against Angelo Sanchez was total domination that led to a unanimous decision victory. Besides, Borg won the SCS Flyweight Championship in only his fifth professional bout.
To illustrate, Ray was fighting then-champion Jeimeson Saudino on November 23, 2013. Then, with only 48 seconds of the second round left, the Arizona native managed to submit Jeimeson via a rear-naked choke to win the SCS Flyweight Championship.
Following his impressive 6-0 run, major MMA promotions, including the UFC, took an interest in the talented flyweight fighter.
However, Borg appeared for the Legacy promotion to fight Nick Urso.
Although organizations might have changed, the results were the same as Ray beat by a rear-naked choke. Thus, having won his first seven fights and having gained a reputation as a submission artist, UFC signed the then promising 20-year-old.
It seemed as though everything Borg worked for had been rewarded as he reached the peak of MMA. But sadly, the 5 feet 4 flyweight was brought back down to earth in his first fight in the UFC.
To explain, Ray faced a talented fighter in Dustin Ortiz, who was by far his toughest competitor at that moment. Subsequently, the match turned into a downright battle as both fighters viciously beat each other up.
But in the end, it was Dustin who won the fight via a split decision, which further highlights the epic battle. Nevertheless, Borg vowed to himself that he would win his next bout as his UFC career depended on it.
Thereafter, the Arizona native was supposed to face Ryan Benoit in his second fight. However, the match got canceled due to an injury to Ryan. Therefore, Shane Howell, who was also making his UFC debut, was brought in last minute to replace the injured fighter.
Subsequently, Borg won via his tried and trusted submission move, rear-naked choke, in the first round. Consequently, the 5 feet 4 flyweight earned his first Performance of the Night bonus, making his night even better.
Thereafter, Borg won his next two fights against Chris Kelades and Geane Herrera. Furthermore, both those fights made headlines for extremely opposite reasons. To explain, Ray took home his second consecutive Performance of the Night bonus against Chris Kelades, but then against Herrera, the Arizona native missed the weight limit by 1.5 lb.
Nonetheless, having won all those fights, everyone believed that the 26-year-old had earned the right to face then Flyweight Champion, Demetrius Johnson. However, UFC wanted him to take another fight before battling for the title.
Consequently, Borg fought Justin Scoggins and was a heavy favorite going into the fight. However, the match turned out to be completely different as the 5 feet 4 fighter lost via a unanimous decision.
As a result, his title shot had to be postponed for a while. After that, Ray faced some of the top flyweights in UFC, Louis Smolka and Jussier Formiga. Both those fights turned out to be relatively easy as the Arizona native won via unanimous decisions.
Thus, having won against top contenders for the title, Borg finally got his opportunity to face the then-undefeated UFC Champion, Demetrius Johnson. Although no one gave the 26-year-old a slight chance, contrarily, he put up an incredible fight.
Unfortunately, in the fifth round, Johnson caught him in an impressive flying armbar just as he was about to get up from a takedown. As a consequence, Ray tapped and lost the fight.
After that, the 5 feet 4 flyweight decided to move upto bantamweight in the hopes of vying for another title shot. However, Borg lost his only fight in bantamweight as Casey Kenney defeated him via a unanimous decision.
Nevertheless, being the fighter he is, Borg won the next two fights against Gabriel Silva and Rogerio Bontorin. As a result, it has again pushed him in the reckoning for a future title shot.
However, the talented 26-year-old still needs to win a few more fights before getting his title shot, as he currently sits in the 7th position in UFC’s flyweight rankings. And with Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez set to face each other for the vacant title, Borg can expect to get a title shot in the near future.
Ray Borg: Age, Height & Body Measurements
Ray was born in the year 1993, which makes him 26 years old currently. Although the Arizona native might seem a bit young for a top-level MMA fighter, he started fighting professionally at 18. Hence Borg’s eight years of experience have helped him become one of the top flyweights in the UFC.
Furthermore, the 26-year-old stands at 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 meters) and weighs 125 lb (57 kg), the maximum weight limit for a UFC Flyweight Division fighter. However, it seems as though Ray needs to fight in heavier divisions because he has missed the weight limit twice in his last four fights against Casey Kenney and Rogerio Bontorin.
Ray Borg: Reach
Borg has a reach of 63 inches (160 cm), which is quite low when compared to top-level flyweight fighters. To explain, former UFC Flyweight Champion, Demetrious Johnson, has a reach of 66 inches (167.6 cm) while the most recent champion, Henry Cejudo, has a reach of 64 inches (162.6cm).
Ray Borg: Net Worth & Fight Purse
As of 2020, Ray has a net worth of $350,000 accrued mainly through his career as an MMA fighter. Although his net worth may come as a bit of a surprise contrarily, MMA has been around for only a handful of years, which means that they are not paid as much as their boxing counterparts.
Furthermore, Borg fights in the flyweight division, which is the smallest division in the UFC. As a result, the 26-year-old fighter earns much less than the bigger guys. Nonetheless, he does make quite a substantial amount of money.
As of 2020, Ray has a net worth of $350,000.
To be precise, for his most recent fight, Ray earned $50,000 after his win against Rogerio Bontorin on February 15, 2020. However, the Arizona native received his biggest payday when he fought Demetrious Johnson for the UFC Featherweight Title at UFC 216.
Even though Borg lost the bout, he still received $100,000 for his troubles. Moreover, the 5 feet 4, fighter has earned more than $500,000 with UFC alone. Thus we believe that Ray can become a millionaire in the near future if he continues to produce the goods in the UFC.
Ray Borg: Wife & Son
At the moment, Borg is happily married to his wife, Amanda Borg. Moreover, the couple had been dating for years before deciding to tie the knot. Interestingly, Amanda is a professional MMA fighter as well.
Furthermore, the couple has been blessed with a son, Anthony Borg, born in 2018. But, sad to say, their son was born with hydrocephalus disease, which affects the brain. Since then, the little champ has had to go through various surgeries to cure hydrocephalus.
Nevertheless, Ray and Amanda’s love and support, along with Anthony’s fighting desire, have seen the child get back to normal health. In fact, just recently, on March 28, 2020, the two lovers celebrated their child’s birthday.
Added to that, Ray posted a series of photos of his beloved child from his birth to his present state. Hence, we wish the fighting pair and their son all the best for their future endeavors and hope that young Anthony successfully recovers from his diseases.
Social Media Presence
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