The UFC is bringing two world title fights to their debut in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The fans were waiting for a main event for UFC 215 on September 9 and the UFC is bringing two world championship fights to its Edmonton, Alberta, Canada debut.
The UFC announced on Thursday that Demetrious Johnson will defend the UFC flyweight title against Ray Borg in the main event at Rogers Center, while Amanda Nunes will defend the UFC women’s bantamweight title against No.1 contender Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event.
Johnson will look to make UFC championship history in Canada as he is currently tied with Anderson Silva for the most title defenses in company history with 10. “Mighty Mouse” tied the record with an incredible third round submission victory over Wilson Reis at UFC on FOX 24 back in April. Johnson and UFC President Dana White have had their issues over the last several months, stemming from Cody Garbrandt’s back injury forcing him out of his title defense with TJ Dillashaw at UFC 213. Dillashaw campaigned to drop down to the flyweight division to challenge Johnson for the 125-pound title, and was not met kindly by the No.1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC. Johnson stood by the formula of meritocracy to keep the division moving forward and it seems like cooler heads have prevailed between White and Johnson.
Borg has earned his shot at the flyweight title after back-to-back decision victories over Louis Smolka at UFC 207 and Jussier Formiga at UFC Fight Night 106 back in March. “The Tazmexican Devil” will have his first opportunity at UFC gold after a 5-2 start with the organization since April 2014.
Nunes was scheduled to defend her title against Shevchenko in the main event of UFC 213, but the champion was forced to withdraw hours before the bout after a case of sinusitis. This will be a rematch from their first encounter at UFC 196 last March where Nunes defeated Shevchenko by unanimous decision. “The Lioness” won the title after a first-round submission victory over Miesha Tate in the main event of UFC 200 last July, and successfully defended the belt against longtime champion Ronda Rousey with a devastating 48-second knockout.
Shevchenko earned her opportunity after a unanimous decision victory over former champ Holly Holm and, most recently, a second round submission victory over Julianna Pena at UFC on FOX 23 back in January.
UFC 215 will feature another flyweight bout between former title challengers Wilson Reis and Henry Cejudo, a heavyweight bout between former champion Junior dos Santos and the surging Francis NGannou, as well as a flyweight battle between Jeremy Stephens and Gilbert Melendez, who will be making his 145-pound debut.