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Jussier ‘Formiga’ Gets Callout from Sergio Pettis Following UFC 221 Victory

Jussier da Silver is hoping for a title shot following this past weekend’s win over Ben Nguyen, but if that doesn’t happen, he at least has another willing dance partner for a future fight.
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Jussier ‘Formiga’ Gets Callout from Sergio Pettis Following UFC 221 Victory

Jussier da Silver is hoping for a title shot following this past weekend’s win over Ben Nguyen, but if that doesn’t happen, he at least has another willing dance partner for a future fight.
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Jussier ‘Formiga’ Gets Callout from Sergio Pettis Following UFC 221 Victory

Jussier da Silver is hoping for a title shot following this past weekend’s win over Ben Nguyen, but if that doesn’t happen, he at least has another willing dance partner for a future fight.
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Jussier ‘Formiga’ Gets Callout from Sergio Pettis Following UFC 221 Victory

Jussier da Silver is hoping for a title shot following this past weekend’s win over Ben Nguyen, but if that doesn’t happen, he at least has another willing dance partner for a future fight.
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Ray Borg expects good leverage in UFC contract negotiations with win over Jussier Formiga

FORTALEZA — Ray Borg responds to Jussier Formiga’s bold predictions before UFC Fight Night 106, talks about how a win over a top-five flyweight will help him in his UFC contract negotiations, and more.

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Jussier Formiga’s plan to win UFC belt includes not thinking about it

BRASILIA, Brazil — Jussier Formiga once was the No. 1 flyweight in the world, and he changed his approach to the game in order to get back to the top.

Matched up against Dustin Ortiz at UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia, Brazil, on Saturday night, the Nova Uniao talent decided to stop thinking about UFC title shots. Coming off a loss to Henry Cejudo in November, a result that gave his opponent a chance for the gold against flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson, Formiga won’t discuss title shots anymore.

“This time without fights was great because I had a chance to rethink my career,” Formiga told MMA Fighting. “I got close to fighting for the belt twice, but I have decided to stop thinking about it now. I won’t want to fight with this idea that I have to get through this guy to show something to someone. I want to fight to have fun and do what I do best. Whatever happens, happens. I will get the job done.

“Many people talk about title shots and speculate,” he continued. “When you have a good win, they always ask about the belt. But I have to stop thinking about it. I have to focus on my opponent and do what I do best.”

Even though he’s changed his mind set, Formiga, who holds wins over the likes of Wilson Reis, Zach Makovsky, Scott Jorgensen and Chris Cariaso, admits that not winning a belt in the UFC can change the way he will be seen in the future — and that gets him pumped up again.

“I believe that a fighter’s career is made of highs and lows,” he said. “I dominated the division before the UFC opened the flyweight division, and I want to show everybody I’m one of the best. It will happen naturally. Not being cocky, I know I’m still one of the best, and it will happen naturally. I will get there.”

Formiga had a long time to rethink his career, but his original plan was to compete around June in the United States. However, the Nova Uniao fighter says that the promotion kept postponing his return. In the end, it worked out perfect for him.

“I’ve been training all year for this fight,” Formiga said. “At first, I was going to fight in June, and then they moved it to July in Sioux Falls, and then to September. But I was already training. I helped Jose Aldo in his camp because I’m as tall as Frankie Edgar. When I went back to Natal, that’s when they called me with a date and opponent for my fight, so I returned to Rio for my camp. It was perfect.

“When I’m in Rio to help Aldo, we train more focused. It was a great chance to train the technical aspect of the game outside a camp. Wrestling, boxing, muay thai, and also the chance to do some different sparring during Aldo’s camp. It was a great experience for me.”

Formiga has a positive record when fighting in Brazil, winning three of his four UFC bouts in his native country. Ortiz also has good memories from Brazil, when he successfully made his Octagon debut in Rio de Janeiro by beating Jose Maria Tome via TKO.

At UFC Fight Night 95, Formiga aims to win by any means, and foresees a complicated clash style-wise.

“Dustin has an interesting style,” Formiga said. “He’s not a grappler or a striker, he pretty much does everything, so it’s a good match-up for me. Other fighters might see me as a pure grappler, but I have showed that I can fight in all areas. Dustin stood and fought 15 minutes fight (Joseph) Benavidez, and grappled with (John) Moraga, so you don’t know what to expect from him. Anything can happen.”

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Jussier Formiga vows to derail Henry Cejudo hype train in Mexico

Henry Cejudo quickly racked up three wins inside the Octagon and most expect him to be the next in line for the UFC flyweight title. The only thing between Cejudo and 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson is Jussier Formiga, and the Brazilian flyweight plans on derailing the hype train in November.

Formiga and Cejudo are slated to meet at UFC’s third trip to Mexico on Nov. 21, and the Nova Uniao fighter feels nobody believes he can beat the Olympic gold medalist in Monterrey.

“Not only Americans fans, but Brazilians are also betting on him. They don’t see Brazilians having success in this division,” Formiga told MMAFighting.com. “That doesn’t bother me at all. I will go there as the underdog. It doesn’t matter is no one believes in me, I’m going to shock them. That’s what I’ve been doing in every fight.”

Cejudo was very critical of his own performance after his UFC 188 win over Chico Camus in Mexico City, but expects to perform better in Monterrey.

“I hope Cejudo comes in the best shape of his life so he won’t have an excuse or anything to blame after the fight,” Formiga said. “Bring your best. My game plan is the same: work hard and do a great job there.”

Formiga vs. Cejudo is not officially a No. 1 contender fight. The Brazilian, who enters the bout coming off wins over Scott Jorgensen, Zach Makovsky and Wilson Reis, expects a shot at “Mighty Mouse” with a win in November, but won’t think about it before he gets the victory.

“People say the winner will be the next contender, but everyone bets on him,” he said. “I try not to think about it because it brings an extra weigh over you. When I entered the UFC, they put me in this situation against (John) Dodson. Dana (White) said the winner would be the next contender, and I thought about that a lot before the fight. I’m not saying that was the key for my loss, but was an issue. I think about Cejudo now, and we’ll see what comes next.”

Fighting a decorate wrestler like Cejudo is a challenge jiu-jitsu black belt Formiga was already looking forward too, but won’t be surprised if they never go to the ground at UFC Fight Night 78.

“That’s what motivates me a lot about this fight with Cejudo,” Formiga said. “His striking game is good and he’s an Olympic champion in wrestling. That excites me because his wrestling is phenomenal and I can test my weapons against him. I will try to surprise him. I don’t know if he will change his strategy, but I will also be ready to stand and trade punches and kicks with him.”

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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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