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Brazil commission won’t review head butt prior to Jussier Formiga submission win over Scott Jorgensen … yet

It looks like the submission loss Scott Jorgensen suffered at UFC Fight Night 38 will stand because the Brazilian athletic commission will not review a potential fight-changing accidental head butt from Jussier Formiga without a formal complaint.

Head butt to rear-naked choke finish isn’t a traditional — nor legal — method to winning a mixed martial arts (MMA) match, but that’s what Jussier Formiga appeared to execute at the expense of Scott Jorgensen this past weekend (Sun., March 23, 2014) at UFC Fight Night 38.

Unsurprisingly, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight was “pissed” about the “bull shit stoppage.” Nonetheless, the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Bantamweight No. 1 title challenger didn’t blame or criticize Formiga … he just wants a fair shake.

He explains:

“He jumps in, clips me with a head butt, I drop, and then wake up in a rear-naked choke. It’s bullshit, I’m pissed.… I don’t think it was intentional. Accidental or not, it dropped me. I’d love to see it turned to a no contest.”

Jorgensen still has time to officially appeal the decision, but he’s got to act fast, according to Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) Director Cristiano Sampaio, who will only look into the matter if it’s brought to his attention through a formal request.

One that he claims he has yet to receive:

“We didn’t receive any request from him or his team. If the fighter does not make an official request, (CABMMA) won’t evaluate the case.”

“Young Guns” — who has been on a difficult stretch as of late, winning just one bout out of his last five and currently mired in a three-fight losing streak — would be wise to submit the proper paperwork.

Even if the claim is ultimately denied, his future with the promotion could hang in the balance. In other words, he needs all the help — even if it’s a sliver of doubt — he can get to prove himself inside the Octagon.

Meanwhile, his opponent weighed in on the matter, claiming his innocence.

“I don’t think it was a head butt. I moved forward and my head hit his chest and he went down. I took the opportunity and took his back. I wanted to go for a leglock, but I lost the position and went for the neck.”

Sorry, Formiga, but the only person to ever go down from a head butt to the chest was Marco Materazzi after being nailed by Zinedine Zidane at the 2006 World Cup Final.

Flop Jorgensen did not.

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Brazilian commission not planning to review Jussier Formiga vs. Scott Jorgensen fight

Scott Jorgensen wants his submission loss to Jussier Formiga overturned to a no-contest, but he needs to move to get it done.

Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) director Cristiano Sampaio said that the commission won’t do anything if Jorgensen doesn’t officially ask for it.

“We didn’t receive any request from him or his team,” Sampaio told MMAFighting.com on Tuesday. “If the fighter does not make an official request, (CABMMA) won’t evaluate the case.”

Following his first-round loss to Formiga at UFC Fight Night 38 in Natal, Brazil, Jorgensen said he wants it overturned.

“He jumps in, clips me with a head butt, I drop, and then wake up in a rear-naked choke,” Jorgensen said after the flyweight bout. “It’s bulls–t, I’m pissed.”

“I don’t think it was intentional,” he continued. “Accidental or not, it dropped me. I’d love to see it turned to a no contest.”

Formiga, on the hand, disagrees with Jorgensen.

“I don’t think it was a head butt,” Formiga told the media after the win. “I moved forward and my head hit his chest and he went down. I took the opportunity and took his back. I wanted to go for a leglock, but I lost the position and went for the neck.”

The loss dropped Jorgensen to a three-fight skid, while Formiga earned his first submission win under the UFC banner.

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Jussier Formiga: I don’t think it was a head butt

NATAL, Brazil — Jussier Formiga got his first submission victory in the UFC, but it didn’t come without controversy.

The Nova Uniao flyweight locked a tight rear-naked choke with three minutes into the first round against Scott Jorgensen at UFC Fight Night 38 in Natal, Brazil, and got the tap.

Jorgensen protested after the loss, saying that the Brazilian rocked him with a head butt. However, the Natal-based fighter is not sure he did anything illegal.

“I don’t think it was a head butt,” Formiga told the media after the win. “I moved forward and my head hit his chest and he went down. I took the opportunity and took his back. I wanted to go for a leglock, but I lost the position and went for the neck.”

Formiga got his eighth submission victory in MMA, but that wasn’t his original strategy for the flyweight fight.

“My game plan was different,” he said. “I wanted to strike against him, but I don’t know if he slipped or something like that, so went down and got the submission.”

At 2-2 under the UFC banner, the former top-ranked fighter is confident he has what it takes to be at the top again.

“A lot of people put a huge pressure on me,” Formiga said. “When I entered the UFC, they said I’d be the first Brazilian to win the flyweight title, and tonight I proved I’m alive in the division and I can get to the top.”

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UFC Fight Night 39 Prelims: Jussier da Silva Rear-Naked Choke Taps Scott Jorgensen

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Jussier Formiga wants to prove that he belongs with UFC’s best

It’s time to do or die.

Jussier Formiga was the No. 1 flyweight in the world before the UFC created the division in 2012, but the Brazilian has yet to show the reason inside the Octagon. With a 1-2 record under the Zuffa banner, Formiga knows he will have his back against the wall when he faces off against Scott Jorgensen at UFC Fight Night 38 in Natal, Brazil, on March 23.

“We always get in there to do or die,” Formiga told MMAFighting.com, “but I try to be conscious and use the strategy.”

Jorgensen, a former WEC and UFC title challenger, came up short in his flyweight debut, dropping a unanimous decision against former Bellator champion Zach Makovsky in December.

“It was a good fight,” he said. “I expected him to win, but it was a close fight and he ended up losing. Every fight is different, and it’s going to be different against me. We’re both coming off losses and we’re motivated to win, and I have no doubt that it’s going to be a great fight.”

A decorated jiu-jitsu black belt, the Kimura Nova Uniao fighter understands that he needs to perform well in the UFC, not only get his hands raised after the fight.

“I think I need a big fight, a great performance, to show them what I can do,” Formiga said. “I want to show them that I’m ready, that I’m that guy that was the number one in the world in the past.

“A win over Scott would be great for me not only in terms of rankings, but with all the fans that believe in me,” he continued. “That’s my focus, get in there and fight like I used to fight in Brazil, to go in there for a war. I want to show what I can do.”

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Scott Jorgensen vs. Jussier Formiga added to UFC fight card in Brazil

Scott Jorgensen desperately needs a win, and he will try to get it in hostile territory.

Multiple sources close to the situation revealed to MMAFighting.com that Jorgensen will return to the Octagon in a flyweight bout with Jussier Formiga at the yet-to-be-announced UFC Fight Night event in Natal, Brazil, on March 23. MMA Informativo first reported the news.

Former WEC and UFC title challenger, Jorgensen (14-8), recently dropped to the 125-pound division after racking up a 10-6 record under the Zuffa banner as a bantamweight. He suffered a unanimous decision loss to former Bellator champion Zach Makovsky in his flyweight debut.

Formiga (15-3), a former Shooto South American flyweight champion, entered the UFC as one of the best 125-pounders in the world, but he’s 1-2 inside the Octagon so far. Born and raised in Natal, the Kimura Nova Uniao fighter will try to get back to the win column following a first-round knockout loss to Joseph Benavidez.

The unannounced UFC Fight Night card in Brazil will also feature Cezar Ferreira vs.  C.B. Dollaway and Fabio Maldonado vs. Gian Villante.

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UFC Fight Night 28 medical suspensions: ‘Jacare’ Souza, Jussier Formiga out 180 days

Three fighters received extended medical suspensions in the aftermath of UFC Fight Night 28, the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) revealed to MMAFighting.com on Saturday.

Former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Jussier Formiga, and Kevin Souza were each handed 180-day medical suspensions due to injuries suffered during the event in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. All three can potentially fight sooner with physician clearance.

According to the CABMMA, both Ronaldo Souza and Formiga broke their right foot midway through the first round of battles against Yushin Okami and Joseph Benavidez, respectively. However “Jacare’s” coach told MMAFighting.com’s Guilherme Cruz that his fighter’s injury is actually less severe than reported and Souza will likely return to action sooner than expected.

Additionally, Kevin Souza broke his right hand on the way to collecting a split decision victory over Felipe Arantes on the night’s preliminary card.

18 additional fighters on the UFC Fight Night 28 card received precautionary medical suspensions, including light heavyweight headliners Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader. Teixeira, who survived early trouble to earn a first-round knockout win, will be sidelined 30 days (with 21 days no contact), while Bader will be out 45 days (with 30 days no contact).

The complete UFC Fight Night 28 medical suspension report can be seen below.

Glover Teixeira: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Ryan Bader: suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
Ronaldo Souza: suspended 180 days, can fight sooner with physician clearance, requires x-ray on right foot
Yushin Okami: suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
Joseph Benavidez: suspended 14 days, seven days no contact
Jussier Formiga: suspended 180 days, can fight sooner with physician clearance, requires x-ray on right foot
Piotr Hallmann: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Francisco Trinaldo: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Rafael Natal: suspended 14 days, seven days no contact
Tor Troeng: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Ali Bagautinov: suspended 14 days, seven days no contact
Marcos Vinicius: suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
Kevin Souza: suspended 180 days, can fight sooner with physician clearance, requires surgery on right hand
Lucas Martins: suspended 14 days, seven days no contact
Junior Hernandez: suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Elias Silverio: suspended 14 days, seven days no contact
Joao Zeferino: suspended 14 days, seven days no contact
Ivan Jorge: suspended 14 days, seven days no contact
Keith Wisniewski: suspended 14 days, seven days no contact
Sean Spencer: suspended 21 days, 14 days no contact
Yuri Villefort: suspended 21 days, 14 days no contact

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Joseph Benavidez Feels Jussier da Silva Is ‘Excellent Matchup’

Joseph Benavidez likes how he matches up with UFC Fight Night 28 opponent Jussier da Silva.
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Jussier Formiga expects a title shot with win over Joseph Benavidez

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Jussier Formiga is getting closer to a title shot in the UFC, and all the hard work he has done is the past motivates him to bring the flyweight belt to Brazil.

Born and raised in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, a state where 13 percent of the population is extremely poor (the average salary is $ 200 a month), da Silva always had to work to help bringing money to his family.

Before signing with the UFC, “Formiga” was considered the world’s best 125-pound fighter, but he still had to work as a courier for a local hospital to make a living.

“Life was always very tough for me,” Jussier told MMAFighting.com “Working as a courier and training everyday to fight … I remember all the storms I had to face, everything I had to do with my motorcycle, but thank God all my work paid off. Today, I can finally live to fight.”

“I had to work seven hours and drive 100 miles every day for Varela Santiago hospital. They treat kids with cancer, so there were a few places I had to go to collect donations for them,” he added.

Fortunately for him, he never suffered any serious accidents while riding his motorcycle in the chaotic Brazilian traffic.

“I’ve been through a lot of stuff,” da Silva said. “I had to argue with a lot of people in the streets, nobody respects (motorcycles) here. But thank God I only crashed once, and it wasn’t that bad.”

Riding a motorcycle by day and sparring at Kimura Nova Uniao gym by night, with the likes of Renan Barao, Ronny Markes and Claudia Gadelha, isn’t an easy routine, but his family used to care more about his MMA career than the danger of spending seven hours per day on the top of a motorcycle.

“My mom never watches my fights, so I believe she cares more with my fights than my motorcycle,” Formiga said with a laugh.

According to the Minnesota Office of Combative Sports, Formiga was paid $ 9,000 in his UFC debut, when he got knocked out by The Ultimate Fighter season 14 winner John Dodson. That may not look too much if compared with the money paid to the big UFC stars, but it was good enough for the 28-year-old Brazilian.

“I never made the money I’m making now in the UFC, and now I can dedicate myself to fight and have a better life with that,” he said.

Former Shooto South America 123-pound champion da Silva returned to the win column with a unanimous decision victory over Chris Cariaso at UFC on FX 8 in Brazil, and it was enough to bring his confidence back.

“That was a great fight,” Formiga said. “I was a little anxious because I didn’t win my debut, but thank God everything went right.”

Formiga is set to return to the Octagon against Joseph Benavidez on Sept. 4, at Brazil’s UFC Fight Night 28, and he hopes not only to add another win to his record, but to make a statement.

“I believe so,” he said when asked if he will earn a title shot with a win next month. “But I try not to think too much about that. I rather focus on the fight itself. The preparation is perfect. I will fight him in every aspect of the fight, I will put my heart there. He’s one of the toughest guys in this division. Winning this fight, I will leave that up to the UFC if I’m getting a shot to the title or not, but this possibility motivates me a lot.”

The reigning champion in the flyweight division is Demetrious Johnson, but “Formiga” believes he has what it takes to dethrone “Mighty Mouse”.

“Demetrious is a fast and well-rounded fighter, but he doesn’t change too much,” da Silva said. “I believe my ground game is good (compared to other fighters from) this division, but I have to surprise them on the feet too. I will find a way to win.”

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Report: Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier ‘Formiga’ da Silva set for Sept. 4

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According to a published report, UFC flyweight contenders Joseph Benavidez and Jussier “Formiga” da Silva will tangle in Brazil in September.

Brazil’s Globo recently reported the two have agreed to fight on a UFC on FOX Sports 1 card slated for the country on Sept. 4. A venue has yet to be picked for the event.

A Team Alpha Male fighter, Benavidez is attempting to work his way back into title contention after dropping a decision to Demetrious Johnson in a bout to crown the UFC’s first 125-pound champ last September.

Since then, he’s earned a decision over Ian McCall and a second-round TKO of Darren Uyenoyama. At 18-3, Benavidez’s only career losses have come to Johnson and current UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz (twice).

Da Silva, meanwhile, was at one point considered the best 125-pounder in the world. The 28-year-old Brazilian won 14 of his first 15 fights, but he stumbled in his UFC debut, as he was TKOd by John Dodson last October. “Formiga” bounced back with a decision victory over Chris Cariaso on May 18.

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