|Born||Jussier da Silva
April 14, 1985
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
|Other names||Formiga (Ant)|
|Residence||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)|
|Division||Flyweight (56 kg)|
|Reach||67.0 in (170 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Boxing|
|Fighting out of||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in Judo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Jussier da Silva, 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 September 6th, 2016, he is #3 in the official UFC Flyweight rankings, and ranked the #5 flyweight in the world by Sherdog.
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.
Championships and awards
- Shooto South America
Shooto South American 123 lb Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|24 matches||19 wins||5 losses|
|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. St. 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 - 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)||Tachi Palace Fights 8||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)||OBF - Original Bairros Fight 7||March 9, 2008||1||3:41||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Arinaldo Batista||Decision (unanimous)||HF - Hikari Fight||January 14, 2006||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Amaury Junior||Decision (unanimous)||MF - Mossoro Fight||August 26, 2005||3||5:00||Mossoró, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Chacal Chacal||Submission (armbar)||TF - Tremons Fight||May 13, 2005||1||3:20||Natal, Brazil|
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