(Editor’s observe: Replace added to replicate improvement relating to Lopez’s contract state of affairs with Combate Americas.)
Ray Borg is out of UFC on ESPN 10.
Borg (13-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC), a former UFC title challenger, has withdrawn from his combat towards Merab Dvalishvili for private causes. Taking Borg’s place will likely be UFC newcomer Gustavo Lopez. The combat will happen at a 140-pound catchweight.
The UFC introduced Borg’s withdrawal throughout Thursday’s digital media day. Dvalishvili’s supervisor, Oren Hodak, and Lopez’s supervisor, Danny Rubenstein of Ruby Sports activities & Leisure, each confirmed the brand new matchup to MMA Junkie shortly thereafter.
Borg appeared to point out on Twitter that his last-minute withdrawal had one thing to do along with his son’s effectively being.
Household first, see you quickly son.
Lopez (11-Four MMA, 0-0), the present Combate Americas bantamweight champion, has gained three straight coming into his promotional debut. In 11 victories, Lopez has completed eight opponents.
Dvalishvili (10-Four MMA, 3-2 UFC) has additionally gained three straight fights after shedding his first two with the promotion. The Georgian bantamweight’s most up-to-date combat came about at UFC on ESPN+ 25 in February, when he defeated then-UFC-ranked Casey Kenney. Dvalishvili additionally holds wins over Brad Katona, Terrion Ware, Raufeon Stots, and Tony Gravely.
UPDATE: After it was reported that Lopez can be stepping in to combat Dvalishvili, Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren tweeted that Lopez made a “dangerous transfer” as a result of he stays beneath contract:
Lopez’s supervisor later acknowledged on Twitter that he “made a mistake” and formally requested his launch from the promotion.
As a supervisor, I’ve made a mistake and @combateamericas does certainly have matching proper to @Gustavo11Lopez and I’ve formally requested his launch for him to combat this weekend within the UFC in Las Vegas. @campbellcombate
UPDATE: McClaren issued an announcement to ESPN, saying Combate Americas would permit Lopez to combat this Saturday for the UFC.
Assertion from Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren: “Combate Americas has determined to permit Gustavo Lopez to maneuver ahead and combat within the UFC this Saturday night time. We want him the perfect of luck with the remainder of his profession.”
The whole lineup for the June 13 UFC occasion consists of:
MAIN CARD (9 p.m. E.T.)
- Cynthia Calvillo vs. Jessica Eye
- Karl Roberson vs. Marvin Vettori
- Andre Fili vs. Charles Jourdain
- Merab Dvalishvili vs. Gustavo Lopez
- Mark De La Rosa vs. Jordan Espinosa
PRELIMINARY CARD (6 p.m. E.T.)
- Mariya Agapova vs. Melissa Gatto
- Kevin Aguilar vs. Charles Rosa
- Julia Avila vs. Gina Mazany
- Zarrukh Adashev vs. Tyson Nam
- Jordan Griffin vs. Darrick Minner
- Christian Aguilera vs. Anthony Ivy