Round 1: Ortiz came forward and clinched with Borg against the cage. Borg worked towards a guillotine against the fence, but Ortiz brought him down to the floor. Ortiz held on before Borg hit the switch and gained top position. Borg picked up his opponent and slammed him to the ground, then spun around to gain back control. Ortiz worked his way out of trouble and held a front headlock. Borg held onto a single leg and worked to get back to his feet, where he executed the same slam he scored earlier in the round. Ortiz worked his way out and reversed position, falling into his opponent’s guard. After a scramble, the fighters returned to the feet and briefly threw punches before the end of the round.
Round 2: Borg landed a mid kick to open up the second round. Ortiz closed the distance and scrambled into the a clinch against the cage. Holding a body clinch, Ortiz slammed Borg to the floor and worked from side control. Borg worked off of his back and was able to get to his feet, tripping Ortiz and gaining his back in the process. Borg locked on the body triangle and landed punches from behind while also working towards a rear-naked choke. Ortiz got to his feet with Borg on his back, carrying his opponent to a spot next to the fence. Ortiz attempted scrambling out, but Borg held the triangle tight through the end of time allowed in the round.
Round 3: Ortiz landed a head kick and followed up with a clinch against the cage. After separating, Borg landed another mid kick and was answered by Ortiz with a leg kick. As Ortiz came forward and ducked his head for a punch, Borg landed a jumping knee and the two clinched again against the cage. They split up and Ortiz landed a stiff jab before engaging in another clinch where Ortiz scored a knee to the head. The two scrambled and Borg tried to secure the back again, but Ortiz slipped out and landed a number of punches from behind while on the ground. Ortiz worked his way around to secure a clinch, and scored another slam to the ground. Time expired and both fighters went to their corners with hands raised.
Official Call: Dustin Ortiz def. Ray Borg via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
“As soon as the round started, the gameplan went out the window and my natural instincts took over. He took my back faster than anyone I’ve ever seen and he’s very strong. He was able to take me down a few times, but he never did any damage. I controlled the fight and definitely feel that I did enough to win.”
“I thought I won the fight. I actually thought I won in all areas. I believe I out grappled him and out struck him. But I did the one thing you can’t do in this sport and leave it to the judges. No excuses. If people liked my debut, just wait till my next fight.”