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Flyweights Henry Cejudo and Jussier Formiga to square off on Nov. 21 in Mexico

For those wondering how Henry Cejudo would handle himself against a top five opponent, you’re about to find out.

The UFC announced on Monday that a flyweight bout between the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and No. 3 ranked Jussier Formiga is official for The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 finale in Monterrey, Mexico.

The undefeated Cejudo (9-0), 28, is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Chico Camus at UFC 188 in Mexico City. He is now 3-0 in the UFC, having scored decisions over Dustin Kimura and Chris Cariaso as well. With his decorated wrestling background, Cejudo has been an intrigue in the 125-pound division, whom many believe could one day challenge or the title.

He is currently ranked No. 5 on the UFC’s media-driven rankings.

He’ll be facing his toughest test to date in his clash with the Brazilian, Formiga. The one-time Shooto champion has won three fights in a row since losing to Joseph Benavidez in 2013, his latest coming against Wilson Reis at UFC Fight Night 67 in May. He won that fight via unanimous decision in Goiana, Brazil.

The TUF Latin America 2 finale will take place at the Arena Monterrey on Nov. 21. The event will headlined by welterweights Kelvin Gastelum and Matt Brown. Other bouts already announced for the main card include the featherweight debut of Diego Sanchez as he takes on Ricardo Lamas, and a lightweight bout between Efrain Escudero and Leandro Silva.

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Jussier Formiga wants shot at Demetrious Johnson: ‘I believe it’s time’

GOIANIA, Brazil — Jussier Formiga wants a shot at flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

Moments after defeating Wilson Reis at UFC Fight Night 67, the Nova Uniao veteran, now ranked No. 3 in the 125-pound division, explained that his motivation against Reis was to show UFC president Dana White and matchmaker Sean Shelby that he’s part of the elite.

“I needed to show the UFC that I’m here,” Formiga told the media Saturday at the Goiania Arena. “I needed to show that I’m one of the best in the flyweight division.”

Winner of his last three fights, including a first-round submission over Scott Jorgensen and a unanimous decision against former Bellator champion Zach Makovsky, Formiga believes it’s time to fight for the UFC gold.

“I believe it’s time, but it’s up to the UFC to decide if I’m going to fight Demetrious or not,” he said. “I’m coming off three straight wins, I’m the No. 3 in the division, and you can be sure that I will show my work against Demetrious Johnson.”

Unbeaten in nine fights since dropping to the flyweight division, “Mighty Mouse” has defeated five of the top seven UFC flyweights. With John Lineker moving up to 135 pounds, that makes Formiga the only fighter that hasn’t fought the undisputed champion.

“Every fighter has its flaws. He’s a great champion, has a great timing standing, a good wrestling, and is evolving a lot on the ground, but it’s fifty fifty,” Formiga said of a potential clash with Johnson. “I don’t underestimate anyone, but I can do a great fight with him in the future.”

If the UFC decides to give other flyweight the next shot, Formiga won’t protest. In fact, he already has other opponents in mind for an upcoming bout: Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson.

“Those are guys that I lost in the past and are ahead of me in rankings,” he said. “So, if the UFC wants to put me in there against any one of them, it would be a great fight. But there’s another guy that I want to fight, Ian McCall, because he defeated me in a different promotion.”

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UFC Fight Night 67: Jussier Formiga vs. Wilson Reis set for May 30 in Brazil

Top ranked flyweights will do battle under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner on May 30th, 2015 live on FOX Sports 1 from the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil as Jussier Formiga takes on fellow Brazilian Wilson Reis.

UFC has yet to officially announce the bout, but Brazilian outlet Combate let the cat out of the bag this weekend.

Formiga (17-3) is currently riding a two-fight winning streak after a rough start to his UFC career that saw the jiu-jitsu ace go 1-2 in his first three contests. The No. 5 ranked contender is looking to bounce back from an injury that forced him out of a scheduled bout against No. 4 ranked John Moraga last December.

As for Reis (19-5), the former Bellator mainstay has made quite the impact since making his UFC debut back in 2013, earning a 3-1 record and the No. 14 spot on the UFC rankings with impressive wins over Scott Jorgensen and Ivan Menjivar.

With UFC champ Demetrious Johnson taking on Kyoji Horiguchi at UFC 186 in April, a win for either Brazilian in Goiania could earn them a crack at “Mighty Mouse” next.

UFC Fight Night 67 is headlined by a welterweight bangfest featuring former interim UFC champ Carlos Condit, and former No. 1 contender Thiago Alves.

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Scott Jorgensen still hoping for Jussier Formiga rematch

RIO DE JANEIRO — Scott Jorgensen returned to the win column after a 1-5 run in the UFC with a win over Danny Martinez, but he hasn’t forgotten the last man who beat him. Speaking to the Brazilian media in Rio de Janeiro, Jorgensen talked about his desire to face Jussier Formiga one more time, his thoughts on the Brazilian MMA Commission process when he asked his controversial loss to be overturned to a no-contest, his upcoming fight with Wilson Reis at UFC 179 and much more.

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UFC on FOX 13 fight card: Jussier Formiga vs John Moraga on tap for Phoenix Flyweight fracas

Lookout for the little guys …

UFC on FOX 13, which will emanate from U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz., on Dec. 13, 2014, is, literally, a top-heavy mixed martial arts (MMA) event with three marquee Heavyweight match ups pegged for main card action.

There’s just enough room for a talented pair of top-ranked Flyweight contenders, though, as @UFCEspanol announced tonight that Jussier Formiga (No. 4) will collide with former 125-pound title challenger, John Moraga (No. 5).

Formiga is in the midst of a two-fight win streak, earning a unanimous decision over Zach Makovsky his last time out at UFC Fight Night 47 and, prior to that, submitting Scott Jorgensen with a rear-naked choke at UFC Fight Night 38 in March of this year.

Will three straight earn him a shot at division champion Demetrious Johnson? He’d certainly have a nice case on his hands moving into 2015.

Moraga, meanwhile, lost his championship opportunity courtesy of a “Mighty Mouse” armbar back at UFC on FOX 8 in July 2013. He has since won two of his three most recent matches, stopping Justin Scoggins via submission (guillotine choke) earlier this month, getting stopped by John Dodson at UFC Fight Night 42 and earning a split decision over Dustin Ortiz to kickoff his 2014 campaign.

Should be a fun one.

UFC on FOX 13 features a trio of meaningful Heavyweight showdowns planned, including Junior Dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic, Alistair Overeem vs. Stefan Struve and Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Matt Mitrione, as well as a Welterweight redemption match between Joe Riggs vs. Ben Saunders, among others.

To check out the latest UFC on FOX 13 fight card and rumors right now click here.

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Jussier Formiga ‘not totally happy’ with his performance, targets Ian McCall rematch

Jussier Formiga won an important fight against Zach Makovsky, scoring back-to-back for the first time under the UFC banner, but he wouldn’t call it the best win of his MMA career.

The Nova Uniao flyweight, who defeated the former Bellator bantamweight champion via unanimous decision at the UFC Fight Night 47 card in Bangor, Maine, on Aug. 16, was disappointed with his third round against Makovsky.

“I’m not totally happy with my performance because of the last round. I knew that was his strongest position, the single leg takedown, but he still took me down,” Formiga told MMAFighting.com.

“The first two rounds were exactly as I planned, but he was able to take me down in the third. He wasn’t offering me much trouble on the ground with his ground and pound, so I decided to stay there and control the fight until the end.

“I will fix this mistake for my next fight. I want an impeccable performance in my next fight. I want three perfect rounds, and it would be even better if I can end it earlier”

The last man to beat flyweight title contender Chris Cariaso, Formiga is open to fighting for the UFC belt next against the winner of Cariaso vs. Demetrious Johnson, but is down to fighting one more time.

“Man, I’m excited just to think about it,” he said. “Fighting for the UFC title would be great, the best. I fought well in this fight, and I will fight even better in my next fight. It’s up to the UFC. If they want to give me another fight, I’m fine with it. I wanted to be at the top 5 after this fight, and here I am. This fight was good to show the UFC fans that I’m one of the best.”

John Dodson and Joseph Benavidez, the only fighters to beat Formiga under the UFC banner, already had their shots for the flyweight championship. Ian McCall is the other man to handle the Brazilian a loss, and that’s the fight Formiga wants.

“I will fight whoever they want, but I’m still bitter about my loss to McCall,” Formiga said. “I fought him three years ago, it was a tough fight, and he ended up defeating me. I wasn’t so physically strong by that time, I wasn’t in a good moment in my career. I can do much better against him. If I could choose my next opponent, I’d choose to fight him.”

McCall and Formiga are currently ranked No. 3 and 4 in the UFC rankings, respectively, and the Brazilian expects another close match-up against the Tachi Palace Fights 125-pound champion. The pair of flyweights battled for three rounds at Tachi PF 8 in February 2011, and McCall won the decision.

“I think it would be fifty, fifty,” he said. “When I fought him, he was heavier than me. He was coming from WEC, where he fought as a bantamweight, and I gave him a tough fight. I think it would be a closer match-up this time.”

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UFC Fight Night Bangor Prelims: Jussier ‘Formiga’ Grapples Past Zach Makovsky

Jussier da Silva made Zach Makovsky play his game.
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Jussier Formiga: ‘This is my time and I won’t let anyone stop me’

Jussier Formiga was the number one flyweight in the world in the past, and he wants to be at the top again.

The Nova Uniao fighter, a former world champion at Shooto, is set to collide with Zack Makovsky at the UFC Fight Night 47 card in Bangor, Maine, on Aug. 16, and he’s glad to be facing a former champion inside the Octagon.

“He’s a former bantamweight champion a Bellator. He was always too small for 135, and he became stronger and batter at flyweight,” Formiga told MMAFighting.com. “I expect a great fight with him. I’m happy for this opportunity to fight a former champion and I want to prove I belong among the best.”

Makovsky cut down to 125 pounds after back-to-back losses at Bellator, and Formiga got some tips with his teammate Eduardo Dantas, who took his Bellator title in 2012.

“‘Dudu’ talked with me about him. He said exactly what I needed to hear,” he said. “He’s a well-rounded fighter, has a good striking game, he’s a good wrestler, and likes to control the fight when he’s on the ground. Let’s see what happens.”

Dantas choked out Makovsky in 2012, and Formiga is confident he can do the same Saturday night.

“I think (I can submit him), anything can happen,” he said. “Nobody expected me to tap Scott Jorgensen so fast in my last fight, neither did I, so the same thing can happen in this fight. We can go to the ground, we can brawl standing. We’ll see. I had a great training camp and I will work hard to win.”

They flyweights were scheduled to battle at UFC 176 on Aug. 2, but the pay-per-view card was cancelled after UFC featherweight Jose Aldo was pulled from a main event bout with Chad Mendes. Formiga vs. Makovsky was moved to UFN 47, and the Brazilian liked the change.

“I was ready to fight after an eight-week camp, but then UFC 176 was cancelled and I got two extra weeks to prepare,” he said. “My training camp was great. It was my first training camp with no injuries at all at Nova Uniao. I’m super excited to go there and get another win to return to the top 5 of the division.”

With UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson scheduled to put his title on the line at UFC 178 against Chris Cariaso, who is 3-0 since losing to Formiga in 2013, the Nova Uniao flyweight believes he will be one step closer to a shot at the gold with a win over Makovsky.

“I’m not sure about a shot at the title, but Zack is coming off two wins in the UFC, so I will move up the rankings with a win over him,” he said. “This is my time and I won’t let anyone stop me.”

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Jussier Formiga, Zach Makovsky meet at UFC 176

A top flyweight fight between Jussier Formiga and Zach Makovsky has been added to UFC 176 on Aug. 2 in Los Angeles.

Formiga (16-3) has won three of his past five fights, including a controversial submission win (rear-naked choke) over Scott Jorgensen at UFC Fight Night 38 this past March.

Makovsky (18-4) is 2-0 in the UFC, including a unanimous decision win over Josh Sampo at UFC 170 on Feb. 22, 2014.

Jose Aldo will defend his featherweight title against Chad Mendes once again in the main event.

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Jussier Formiga open to rematch Scott Jorgensen: ‘I would submit him again’

Scott Jorgensen wants a rematch. Jussier Formiga is willing to give him one.

One day after the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) denied Jorgensen’s appeal to overturn his submission loss to Formiga to a no-contest, the Kimura Nova Uniao flyweight is open to another bout with “Young Guns.”

“I’m an employee, so of course I’d fight him again,” Formiga told MMAFighting.com. “I don’t care if I’m fighting him or anyone else. I’m here to fight. I’d fight him in Brazil or in the United States.”

Formiga, who tapped Jorgensen with a rear-naked choke in the first round on March 23 in Natal, Brazil, at UFC Fight Night 38, is confident that he would be able to do it again.

“I believe that, if we go to the ground, I would submit him again,” he said. “I had a strategy to stand a little with him, but I thought he would have a better ground game, but thanks God I was a killer and caught him.”

Jorgensen appealed to CABMMA claiming that he went down because of a headbutt and woke up when Formiga was already on his back. But Formiga doesn’t see it that way.

“I re-watched the whole fight and we really clashed, but it was not a clash of heads,” the Brazilian said. “The impact was below his chin, on his neck, and he went down. I saw it from different angles and I don’t think we clashed our heads.”

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