Jussier Formiga

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Jussier Formiga
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BornJussier da Silva Vieira
(1985-04-14) April 14, 1985 (age 34)
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Other namesFormiga (Ant)
ResidenceNatal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1]
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
Reach67 in (170 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofNatal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
TeamNova União/Kimura (formerly)
American Top Team (2018–present)
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Black belt in Judo[2]
Years active2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
By submission10
By decision13
By knockout3
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jussier da Silva Vieira, better known as Jussier Formiga, (born April 14, 1985) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently signed with the UFC and competing in the Flyweight division. A professional competitor since 2005, Formiga is the former Shooto South America 123-pound champion. As of July 1, 2019, he is #2 in the UFC flyweight rankings.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Shooto Brazil[edit]

Formiga won his professional mixed martial arts debut fight on November 29, 2008 at Shooto: Brazil 9 against Michael Willian Costa via split decision.

This was followed up by an upset victory over Shinichi "BJ" Kojima via unanimous decision at Shooto: Revolutionary Exchanges 1: Undefeated.

It was expected Formiga would be brought back for a year-end title rematch with Kojima.[4] However, Kojima vacated the Shooto Bantamweight Championship, further complicating Jussier's future with the organization.

Formiga was at this point, ranked as the number one Flyweight in the world and then fought Alexandre Pantoja, who was unbeaten as a Flyweight. On June 12, 2010, Formiga defeated Pantoja by unanimous decision to defend his South America Shooto 123 lb Championship.[5]

Tachi Palace Fights[edit]

Formiga signed a four-fight exclusive contract with the California-based Tachi Palace Fights organization. His first fight with the organization was against WEC veteran Danny Martinez at Tachi Palace Fights 7. Formiga won the fight by unanimous decision.

Fomiga's next fight was against another WEC veteran in Ian McCall.[6] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Formiga next faced top-ranked Flyweight Mamoru Yamaguchi at Tachi Palace Fights 10.[7] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On July 14, 2012 it was announced that Formiga signed with the UFC.[8]

Formiga faced John Dodson on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[9] After a slow first round, Formiga began to succumb to the speed of Dodson, and was eventually finished via TKO with ground strikes at 4:35 of the second round.[10]

Formiga faced Chris Cariaso on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8.[11] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

Formiga faced Joseph Benavidez on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28.[13] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[14]

Formiga faced Scott Jorgensen on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38.[15] Formiga won the fight via submission in the first round. Formiga unintentionally butted Jorgensen's chin with the top of his skull, which went unnoticed by the referee and submitted the dazed Jorgensen via rear-naked choke.[16] Jorgensen appealed the headbutt to the Brazilian Athletic Commission, however the result was upheld.[17]

Formiga was expected to face Zach Makovsky on August 2, 2014 at UFC 176.[18] However, after UFC 176 was cancelled, Formiga/Makovsky was rescheduled and eventually took place on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47.[19] Formiga won the fight via unanimous decision.

Formiga was expected to face John Moraga on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox 13.[20] However, on November 21, Formiga pulled out of the fight and was replaced by UFC newcomer Willie Gates.

Formiga faced Wilson Reis on May 30, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 67.[21] He won the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision.[22]

Formiga next faced Henry Cejudo on November 21, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale.[23] He lost the fight by split decision.[24]

Formiga faced Dustin Ortiz on September 24, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 95.[25] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[26]

Formiga was expected to face Sergio Pettis on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[27] However, Formiga pulled out of the fight in late December and was replaced by John Moraga.[28]

Formiga faced Ray Borg on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106.[29] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[30]

Move to American Top Team[edit]

After alternating between wins and losses in the latest four fights, Formiga decided to move from his native Brazil to Florida, United States in order to train at American Top Team.[31]

Formiga faced Ulka Sasaki on September 23, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami.[32] He won the fight via submission in the first round.[33]

Formiga faced Ben Nguyen on February 11, 2018 at UFC 221.[34] He won the fight via technical submission in the third round due to a rear-naked choke. This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[35]

Formiga faced Sergio Pettis on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229.[36] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[37]

Formiga faced Deiveson Figueiredo on March 23, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 148.[38] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[39]

Formiga faced Joseph Benavidez in a rematch on June 29, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 3.[40] He lost the fight via technical knockout in the second round.[41]

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
29 matches 23 wins 6 losses
By knockout 0 3
By submission 10 0
By decision 13 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 23–6 Joseph Benavidez TKO (head kick and punches) UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. dos Santos June 29, 2019 2 4:47 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 23–5 Deiveson Figueiredo Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Pettis March 23, 2019 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 22–5 Sergio Pettis Decision (unanimous) UFC 229 October 6, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 21–5 Ben Nguyen Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 221 February 11, 2018 3 1:43 Perth, Australia Performance of the Night.
Win 20–5 Ulka Sasaki Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami September 23, 2017 1 4:30 Saitama, Japan
Loss 19–5 Ray Borg Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum March 11, 2017 3 5:00 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 19–4 Dustin Ortiz Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg September 24, 2016 3 5:00 Brasília, Brazil
Loss 18–4 Henry Cejudo Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale: Magny vs. Gastelum November 21, 2015 3 5:00 Monterrey, Mexico
Win 18–3 Wilson Reis Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves May 30, 2015 3 5:00 Goiânia, Brazil
Win 17–3 Zach Makovsky Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Saint Preux August 16, 2014 3 5:00 Bangor, Maine, United States
Win 16–3 Scott Jorgensen Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 March 23, 2014 1 3:07 Natal, Brazil
Loss 15–3 Joseph Benavidez TKO (knee to the body and punches) UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader September 4, 2013 1 3:07 Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Win 15–2 Chris Cariaso Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold May 18, 2013 3 5:00 Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
Loss 14–2 John Dodson TKO (punches) UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot October 5, 2012 2 4:35 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States UFC Flyweight title eliminator.
Win 14–1 Sidney Oliveira Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto Brazil 31 June 29, 2012 1 2:45 Brasília, Brazil
Win 13–1 Martin Coria Submission (triangle choke) Coliseu Extreme Fight March 18, 2012 3 2:11 Maceió, Brazil
Win 12–1 Rodrigo Santos Submission (rear-naked choke) Fort MMA Championships 1 December 15, 2011 1 3:52 Natal, Brazil
Win 11–1 Michael Willian Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto Brazil 26 October 29, 2011 2 4:55 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Defended the Shooto South American 123 lbs Championship.
Win 10–1 Mamoru Yamaguchi Decision (unanimous) Tachi Palace Fights 10 August 5, 2011 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 9–1 Ian McCall Decision (unanimous) TPF 8: All or Nothing February 18, 2011 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 9–0 Danny Martinez Decision (unanimous) Tachi Palace Fights 7 December 2, 2010 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 8–0 Alexandre Pantoja Decision (unanimous) Shooto Brazil 16 June 12, 2010 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Defended the Shooto South American 123 lbs Championship.
Win 7–0 Shinichi Kojima Decision (unanimous) Shooto Revolutionary Exchanges 1: Undefeated July 19, 2009 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–0 Michael Willian Decision (split) Shooto Brazil 9 November 29, 2008 3 5:00 Fortaleza, Brazil Won the Shooto South American 123 lbs Championship.
Win 5–0 Ralph Lauren Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto Brazil 8 August 30, 2008 1 1:46 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 4–0 Jose Maria Tome Submission (rear-naked choke) Original Bairros Fight 7 March 9, 2008 1 3:41 Natal, Brazil
Win 3–0 Arinaldo Batista Decision (unanimous) Hikari Fight January 14, 2006 3 5:00 Natal, Brazil
Win 2–0 Amaury Junior Decision (unanimous) Mossoró Fight August 26, 2005 3 5:00 Mossoró, Brazil
Win 1–0 Chacal Chacal Submission (armbar) Tremons Fight May 13, 2005 1 3:20 Natal, Brazil

See also[edit]


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