Just weeks after finding out he’d been released by the UFC, 27-year-old Ray Borg has announced that he’s retiring from the sport.
“Been in this game for a solid 14 years, never did I think retirement would come at the age of 27 but some decisions are harder than others and I have to make sure I am making the right one for my family,” Borg wrote on Instagram. “I appreciate all the love the MMA community has shown my family over the years but it may be time to move on to the next chapter of my life. Much love everyone!”
At the time of his UFC release, Borg had also issued a statement that detailed some of the trials and tribulations that he’s faced over the past few years that have hindered his MMA career.
“I guess it’s time to break some silence,” Borg had wrote. “6 wild years with the UFC, I have experienced some highs and lows during this time. Sean Shelby, Mick Maynard and Dana white have actually treated me insanely good and have given me so many chances to get my shit together and i failed to do so. Over the last 2 1/2 years my wife and I have gone threw so much, so much that most people couldn’t even understand how we get through the day. From our first born child being at risk everyday for brain surgery, to having to gain custody of a very troubled 8 year old little girl. Unfortunately I have let all these struggles effect me during some of the most important times in my career. I am gutted to part ways with the ufc but I am also grateful for all the cool experiences I have taken part of over the years. I have some physiological shit I need to figure out before I know what my next move is, so this is not a goodbye post but rather a temporary pause until I can come back better. Just want to thank my team for standing with me threw all this and having my back, also want to thank my manger Ali for always having my back, no matter how hard it has been he has always been there for me. I’ll be back.”
The troubles Borg spoke of were clearly evident during his UFC run as he pulled out of fights on multiple occasions and missed weight numerous times too.
Inside the Octagon Borg did still manage to compile a 7-5 record though, with his biggest wins coming against the likes of Jussier Formiga and Louis Smolka, which had led him to a flyweight title fight against Demetrious Johnson back in 2017, which he lost by submission in the final round of the fight.