Jussier Formiga
Booked for UFC Minneapolis
April 10, 2019
Formiga is scheduled to fight Joseph Benavidez at UFC Minneapolis on June 29.
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.
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Grapples his way to victory
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.
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
January 20, 2019
Formiga will take on Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC Nashville on Mar. 23, MMAFighting.com reports.
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
October 6, 2018
Formiga defeated Sergio Pettis via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 229 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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
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.
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.
Scores beautiful submission win over Ben Nguyen Saturday
February 10, 2018
Formiga defeated Ben Nguyen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:43 of Round 3 at UFC 221 on Saturday in Perth, Australia.
Saturday was Formiga's 26th professional fight and he somehow still doesn't have a knockout win on his resume. Thankfully for the Brazilian, and how Nguyen found out first hand, his submission skills more than make up for the lack of power in his hands. He managed to connect with a short shot that sent Nguyen stumbling to the mat and he quickly took his back and clamped on the RNC that ended the fight. It was Formiga's tenth career submission victory. The Brazilian is now sporting a 6-2 record in his last eight fights, but the two losses came against the two best opponents in Ray Borg and Henry Cejudo. It's going to take a few more wins before Formiga enters the title discussion.