Ray Borg is not happy with how the circumstances unfolded after Conor Mcgregor’s bus attack at UFC 223 media day. The former flyweight title challenger had to cancel his fight against Brandon Moreno, suffered corneal abrasions and was the target of online trolls who believed Ray was taking the easy way out of his fight.
Much of this impression comes from the UFC Embedded video which shows Ray Borg apparently unscathed in the attack. However, that clip did not tell the whole story.
“They didn’t see the rest of it, when I wiped my eyes and the glass went right onto my face,” Borg explained Monday on The MMA Hour.
“My eye was a little irritated, but I didn’t really think much of it, and it wasn’t until later that day that the small shards and particles of glass that were on my cornea were what really caused the irritation. I personally didn’t even want to get looked at by a doctor, but as I was trying to get on with my weight cut, my eye just started killing me and I was advised to go see a doctor and get checked out.”
The diagnosis and the cancellation
“I was first checked out by the UFC doctor,” Borg said. “The doctor that they always have there, I forget his name, but I got checked out by him first. He looks in my eye and tells me it looks like I have some corneal abrasions, maybe iritis, because I was kinda sensitive to light. So as I get to the hospital, they admit me and they didn’t just look at my eye and say, ‘Oh, yeah, your eye looks a little messed up. You can’t fight.’ They ran a whole [gamut of tests]. They did it twice just to double-check to make sure. I had them do it twice.
“They said I had multiple corneal abrasions, which was causing the irritation and a little bit of the blurriness that I was seeing.
“To be honest, I thought I was going to be fine. My coach Brandon [Gibson], he had told me that he had gone through the same thing before, to where he’d had shards of glass in his eye and it just bugged him and bugged him, and then they kinda gave him some drops and some medication and he was better in a few days. Even the UFC doctor told me that it would be better within 72 hours, so I truly thought, ‘Okay, you know what, I came in, got checked out like they needed me to. Maybe they’ll just send me on my way and give me stuff that USADA will approve and I can take the next couple days until fight night and be fine.’
“But no, after that the UFC doctors as well as the doctors in the emergency room didn’t advise me to fight Saturday night.”
Many people online called Ray Borg a coward and a person looking for a paycheck after his fight was cancelled. One of the reasons was that Ray was wearing glasses in the footage which Ray finds ridiculous.
“People think that because I wear glasses, they’re like some type of universal protection field,” Borg said. “Anybody who wears glasses knows that you still get sh*t in your eyes.”
Ray has since posted a doctor’s note online,which has confirmed his injury but this incident reveals an ugly side of the interactions between fans and fighters.