UFC Denver: Ray Borg vs Joseph Benavidez canceled

UFC Denver (Fight Night 139) celebrates the 25th anniversary of Ultimate Fighting Championship on November 11 (AEDT). MMA event takes place at Pepsi Center featuring a twelve-fight bill with a featherweight battle between Chan Sung Jung and Yair Rodriguez serving as a headliner of the show.

A flyweight bout between Joseph Benavidez and Ray Borg expected on the main card has been cancelled. The latter was forced to withdraw due to medical issues.

“Due to medical issues, Ray Borg has been forced out of his Saturday bout with Joseph Benavidez. There will be no replacement bout and the card will proceed with 12 fights,” reads the announcement.

A lightweight bout between Beneil Dariush and Thiago Moises was moved to the main card. The current UFC Fight Night 139 fight card can be found below.

UFC Denver fight card

Featherweight Chan Sung Jung vs. Yair Rodriguez
Welterweight Donald Cerrone vs. Mike Perry
Women’s Bantamweight Raquel Pennington vs. Germaine de Randamie
Lightweight Beneil Dariush vs. Thiago Moises
Women’s Strawweight Maycee Barber vs. Hannah Cifers
Lightweight Mike Trizano vs. Luis Pena

Preliminary Card
Women’s Strawweight Ashley Yoder vs. Amanda Cooper
Featherweight Chas Skelly vs. Bobby Moffett
Lightweight Davi Ramos vs. John Gunther
Lightweight Devonte Smith vs. Julian Erosa

Early Prelims
Bantamweight Mark de la Rosa vs. Jordan Espinosa
Flyweight Joseph Morales vs. Eric Shelton

UFC on Fox 31

In addition, the promotion added a lightweight bout between Charles Oliveira and Jim Miller to UFC on Fox 31. The event is held on December 16 (AEDT) at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.

“Owner of the record for most submissions in UFC history, Brazil’s Oliveira used 2018 finishes of Clay Guida and Christos Giagos to move past Royce Gracie in the record books, and he’ll attempt to add to that total against New Jersey’s Miller, who has a stellar place in Octagon lore as well, as he became the first fighter to reach 30 UFC bouts when he submitted Alex White in September.”

UFC on FOX 31 is headlined by a lightweight rematch between Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta. The pair first met in February 2014 when the latter won the fight by a unanimous decision.