|Born||Jussier da Silva Vieira|
April 14, 1985
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
|Other names||Formiga (Ant)|
|Residence||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil |
Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)|
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil |
Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
|Team||Nova União/Kimura (formerly) |
American Top Team (2018–present)
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu |
Black belt in Judo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
Mixed martial arts career
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. 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.
Tachi Palace Fights
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On July 14, 2012 it was announced that Formiga signed with the UFC.
Formiga faced John Dodson on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. 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.
Formiga faced Scott Jorgensen on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38. 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. Jorgensen appealed the headbutt to the Brazilian Athletic Commission, however the result was upheld.
Formiga was expected to face Zach Makovsky on August 2, 2014 at UFC 176. However, after UFC 176 was cancelled, Formiga/Makovsky was rescheduled and eventually took place on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47. Formiga won the fight via unanimous decision.
Move to American Top Team
Formiga faced Ben Nguyen on February 11, 2018 at UFC 221. 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.
Championships and awards
- Shooto South America
- Shooto South American 123 lb Championship
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||23 wins||6 losses|
|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|
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