UFC 215 has its headliners. Flyweight king Demetrious Johnson defends his throne against Ray Borg in the show’s featured attraction.
Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes gives it another go against Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event.
Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada hosts the September 9 event.
This is an interesting turn of events for Johnson. Arguably the game’s GOAT finally gets top billing on a UFC pay-per-view broadcast for the first time in two years. According to Johnson, UFC brass previously informed him that the 125-pound weight class is simply not marketable, despite Johnson’s dominance.
In addition, the UFC initially tried to pit Johnson against former bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw, but Johnson insisted Borg was next in line. In the end, Johnson gets what he wants.
With a win, Johnson will break his tie with former middleweight title holder Anderson Silva for most consecutive UFC title defenses with 11.
Nunes vs. Shevchenko: Take Two. The pair were set to rematch earlier this month as UFC 213’s featured contest, but Nunes pulled out of the scrap hours before showtime. Nunes later revealed she was suffering from chronic sinusitis, which sent her to the doctor after Friday’s weigh-ins and again the next morning before the fight.
UFC president Dana White was upset and didn’t hesitate in throwing Nunes under the bus by revealing the doctor cleared Nunes to compete after each visit, and “The Lioness” simply “didn’t want to fight.” White also added the Brazilian’s abrupt exit was “90 percent mental.”
White promised he would never again allow Nunes to headline another UFC PPV card. We’ll see how that goes. White previously said the same thing to Jon Jones, and guess who Daniel Cormier is headlining UFC 214 against?
Here is UFC 215’s current lineup:
Rick Glenn vs. Gavin Tucker
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras
Arjan Bhullar vs. Luis Henrique
Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro
Junior Dos Santos vs. Francis Ngannou
Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Amanda Nunes (UFC bantamweight champion)
Ray Bork vs. Demetrious Johnson (UFC flyweight champion)