MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: Ray Borg off Saturday’s UFC 203 event due to an illness, Cerrone vs. Lawler set for UFC 205

Ray Borg off Saturday’s UFC 203 event due to an illness  UFC flyweight Ray Borg has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 203 matchup this Saturday with Ian McCall due to an illness according’s Jim Edwards. No details were released as to what illness is keeping Borg out of action. McCall will be re-booked for another card later this year. This is the second fight in a row where McCall had an opponent pull out during fight week, as Justin Scoggins also pulled out of his fight at UFC 201 due to weight cut issues.   Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs Robbie Lawler, Al Iaquinta vs. Thiago Alves  set for UFC 205 in New York  Welterweights Donald Cerrone and Robbie Lawler are set to clash in New York this November. The news first broke by Anthony Lima of Cleveland 92.3 The Fan

Cerrone (31-7) has gone 3-0 since moving up to welterweight earlier this year including a TKO victory over Rick Story at UFC 202 in his last fight. Lawler (27-11) is coming off just the second TKO loss of his career as he was stopped by Tyron Woodley at UFC 201. The 34-year old lost his welterweight title and had his five-fight win streak snapped. Also added to the card is former title challenger Thiago Alves who makes the drop to lightweight against Al Iaquinta. Alves (21-10) hasn’t fought since a May 2015 loss to Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night 67. The ATT product has fought just three-times since 2012 due to injury. Iaquinta (12-3-1) heads into this matchup on a four-fight win streak and will also be competing for the first time this year. UFC 205 takes place at Madison Square Garden on November 12th. Here’s an updated look at the card. Donald Cerrone (31-7) vs. Robbie Lawler (27-11) Tim Kennedy (18-5) vs. Rashad Evans (19-5-1) Thiago Alves (21-10) vs. Al Iaquinta (12-3-1)   Andrey Koreshkov vs. Douglas Lima II headlines Bellator 163 in Israel Bellator announced in a press release Wednesday that a rematch between welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov and Douglas Lima will headline Bellator 163 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Koreshkov (19-1) captured the welterweight title last year as he defeated Lima by unanimous decision at Bellator 140. He followed that up with a successful title defence against former UFC lightweight champion  Benson Henderson at Bellator 153. Lima (27-6) defeated Paul Daley by unanimous decision back in July at Bellator 158. In addition it was announced that former UFC featherweight Noad Lahat will make his promotional debut on the card against Scott Cleve. Bellator 163 takes place November 10 at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel.   UFC 203 Embedded – Episode 3  

Written by James Lynch

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