Borg, an Albuquerque MMA fighter, scored an impressive victory by third-round submission (kimura) over Canada’s Chris Kelades on a UFC Fight Night card Saturday in Broomfield, Colo.
The victory improved Borg’s record to 8-1, 2-1 in UFC competition.
Borg, who trains at FIT-NHB in Albuquerque, was at a disadvantage for about 30 seconds of the first round. Otherwise, he dominated.
The performance earned Borg a $50,000 performance bonus, his second in a row. His victory by first-round submission (rear naked choke) over Shane Howell last June also triggered a bonus.
The end Saturday came at 2:56 of the third after Borg applied a kimura (wrist-arm lock), forcing Kelades to tap out.
The victory was Borg’s sixth by submission but his first by any means other than rear naked choke.
It appeared that Kelades, conscious of his opponent’s history, resisted the temptation to give the Albuquerque fighter his back under the stress of Borg’s all-out assault.
So, Borg took what was given. Locking Kelades’ left wrist, he torqued the Nova Scotia fighter’s arm behind his back until he could no longer tolerate the pain.
“That was my first arm-lock submission ever, in my entire career,” Borg said in the octagon after the fight. “A rear naked choke comes naturally to me, but that looks pretty enough for 50 Gs.
“Show me the money!”
The UFC did just that, announcing that Borg would get the $50,000 bonus on top of his fight purse — an amount thus far undisclosed.
The impressive victory appears to have set up the 21-year-old fighter for fast advancement in the UFC’s underpopulated 125-pound weight class.
FINDING HER OWN LANE: Albuquerque bantamweight MMA fighter Holly Holm has signed a sponsorship contract with Japanese auto manufacturer Mitsubishi, Lenny Fresquez, Holm’s Albuquerque promoter, announced.
Fresquez said the deal is exclusive to Holm’s Feb. 28 fight on UFC 184 in Los Angeles against Colorado Springs’ Raquel Pennington (5-4).
Holm (7-0) will be making her long-awaited UFC debut, originally scheduled for December but postponed because of a herniated disk in Holm’s neck.
Moriarty welterweight Tim Means (22-6-1) also is on the UFC 184 docket. He’s scheduled to face Brazil’s Dhiego Lima (10-2). Means trains at FIT-NHB.
CUB SHOUT: After Max Holloway’s victory by unanimous decision over Cole Miller Saturday in Broomfield, the Hawaii featherweight said his next fight would be against Albuquerque-trained Cub Swanson April 18 in Newark, N.J.
Swanson (21-6) is coming off a loss by fifth-round submission (neck crank) to Frankie Edgar that – temporarily, at least – derailed the Jackson-Wink fighter’s hopes for a UFC title shot at 145 pounds.
NEXT UP: Jackson-Wink lightweight Rustam Khabilov (17-2) is scheduled to face Brazil’s Adriano Martins (26-7) Sunday on a UFC Fight Night card in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Khabilov hasn’t fought since his loss by fourth-round submission (rear naked choke) to Benson Henderson last June at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque.