Jussier Formiga

Brazil

Crushing loss to Joseph Benavidez
FlyweightUFC
June 29, 2019
Formiga lost to Joseph Benavidez via TKO (punches) at 4:47 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Minneapolis.
ANALYSIS
Formiga has been one of the best flyweights in the world for years, but his inability to beat Benavidez -- both now, and in their first fight in September 2013 -- will be the main reason he seems likely to go down in UFC history as one of the best fighters to never receive a title opportunity. Formiga has been knocked out just three times in his pro career, but two of them have come against Joe B. The future of the UFC's 125-pound division remains up in the air, but this loss figures to be the fatal blow for Formiga's title hopes. It's a shame because he's a darn good fighter and has been one of the most underrated athletes on the UFC roster for years.
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Booked for UFC Minneapolis
FlyweightUFC
April 10, 2019
Formiga is scheduled to fight Joseph Benavidez in a flyweight matchup at UFC Minneapolis on June 29.
ANALYSIS
Formiga is the No. 1 ranked flyweight contender and has won four in a row since losing to Ray Borg in March of 2017, most recently taking down Deiveson Figueiredo via unanimous decision this past March. His grappling prowess has been a key attribute for his entire career, as he owns an 86 percent takedown defense in the UFC, and has recorded two or more takedowns in each of his last three fights. He's also an inch taller than Benavidez, with a two-inch reach advantage as well. The one knock on Formiga is a failure to rack up significant striking, as he's landed just 1.67 significant strikes per minute in the UFC. Benavidez sports a 3.41 mark in the same category, and that could be dangerous if he's able to stay on his feet. The state of the 125-pound division in the UFC remains quite uncertain, but the winner of this matchup would be a surefire candidate to become the next challenger for champion Henry Cejudo.
Grapples his way to victory
FlyweightUFC
March 23, 2019
Formiga defeated Deiveson Figueiredo via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 148 in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Figueiredo brought a sparkling 15-0 record into this contest but it didn't seem to matter to Formiga, who was interrupting his opponent's striking rhythm with clinch work while working in takedowns. There is no doubt that the veteran took his foot off the gas a bit when he felt he had the fight won in the third, but he needs to be commended for fighting a highly intelligent bout against a dangerous opponent, which has extended his winning streak to four straight. Dana White said after the fight that Formiga would fight Joseph Benavidez in what would appear to be a number one contender fight. While it's undeniable that the Brazillian is on a roll, it must be noted that Benavidez stopped him with strikes when the two met in September of 2013.
Facing Figueiredo at UFC Nashville
FlyweightUFC
January 20, 2019
Formiga will take on Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC Nashville on Mar. 23, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Formiga is on a roll right now, winning his last three fights, two of which came by submission. He likely was hoping for a title shot, but instead he'll face fellow Brazilian Figueiredo, who has just four UFC fights to his name. Don't let the experience gap fool you, though; Figueiredo has yet to lose any of his 15 professional fights, so Formiga certainly has a strong opponent on his hands.
Closing in on title shot after decisioning Sergio Pettis
FlyweightUFC
October 6, 2018
Formiga defeated Sergio Pettis via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 229 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Formiga has been one of the best, most underrated flyweights in the world for years and another strong performance on Saturday just hammered home that fact. As is the case in virtually all of his fights, Formiga leaned on his grappling for the win. He picked up a pair of takedowns and turned them into 6:56 worth of control time. Formiga limited Pettis's time and space and landed just enough strikes to keep Pettis honest on the feet. Formiga's lack of power (he doesn't have a knockout win in his career) is a legitimate concern moving forward, but he is on the verge of earning a title shot. If the UFC decides to go against an immediate Henry Cejudo/Demetrious Johnson rematch, Formiga is the only logical choice to be next in line.
To fight Sergio Pettis at UFC 229
FlyweightUFC
August 9, 2018
Formiga has drawn Sergio Pettis in a flyweight matchup at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
ANALYSIS
Formiga has emerged victorious in his past two bouts, and has now entered the top five in the flyweight division. Pettis is also doing well lately, winning five out of his past six fights, with the only loss over that span against current champion Henry Cejudo. Formiga is not one to rack up his fantasy points by way of striking, averaging just 1.35 significant strikes per minute during his UFC tenure. However, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt lands 1.84 takedowns per 15 minutes, and has won his last two fights via rear-naked choke submissions. Pettis has just a 69 percent takedown defense, so Formiga will likely look to get this fight to the ground from the opening bell.