Jussier Formiga

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Jussier Formiga
Born Jussier da Silva
(1985-04-14) April 14, 1985 (age 32)
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Other names Formiga (Ant)
Residence Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1]
Weight 125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
Division Flyweight (56 kg)
Reach 67.0 in (170 cm)[1]
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Boxing
Fighting out of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Team Nova União/Kimura
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Black belt in Judo[2]
Years active 2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 24
Wins 19
By submission 8
By decision 11
Losses 5
By knockout 2
By decision 3
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,[3] and ranked the #5 flyweight in the world by Sherdog.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Formiga next faced top-ranked Flyweight Mamoru Yamaguchi at Tachi Palace Fights 10.[8] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On July 14, 2012 it was announced that Formiga signed with the UFC.[9]

Formiga faced John Dodson on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[10] 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.[11]

Formiga faced Chris Cariaso on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

Formiga faced Joseph Benavidez on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28.[14] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[15]

Formiga faced Scott Jorgensen on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38.[16] 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.[17] Jorgensen appealed the headbutt to the Brazilian Athletic Commission, however the result was upheld.[18]

Formiga was expected to face Zach Makovsky on August 2, 2014 at UFC 176.[19] However, after UFC 176 was cancelled, Formiga/Makovsky was rescheduled and eventually took place on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47.[20] Formiga won the fight via unanimous decision.

Formiga was expected to face John Moraga on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox 13.[21] 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.[22] He won the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision.[23]

Formiga next faced Henry Cejudo on November 21, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale.[24] He lost the fight by split decision.[25]

Formiga faced Dustin Ortiz on September 24, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 95.[26] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[27]

Formiga was expected to face Sergio Pettis on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[28] However, Formiga pulled out of the fight in late December and was replaced by John Moraga.[29]

Formiga faced Ray Borg on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106.[30] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[31]

Championships and awards[edit]

  • Shooto South America

Shooto South American 123 lb Championship

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Condit vs. Alves". UFC.com. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Jussier Formiga - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Fighter Rankings - UFC ®". UFC. 
  4. ^ "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". Sherdog.com. 
  5. ^ "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". Sherdog. 
  6. ^ "Inoue-Hioki Announced for May 30 Shooto". Sherdog. 
  7. ^ "Jussier da Silva vs. Ian McCall lined up for Tachi Palace Fights 8". mmajunkie.com. 2010-12-03. Archived from the original on 2010-12-06. 
  8. ^ "Source: Da Silva-Yamaguchi, Gomez-Bittner Signed for TPF 10". Sherdog.com. May 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ Patrick L. Stumberg (July 14, 2012). "UFC signs top-ranked flyweight fighter Jussier da Silva to contract". MMAMania.com. 
  10. ^ "John Dodson vs Jussier Da Dilva possible for UFC on FX 5". mmamania.com. July 30, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ Staff (2012-10-05). "UFC on FX 5 results: John Dodson claims title shot with TKO of Jussier Formiga". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  12. ^ Mookie Alexander (2013-03-18). "Jussier Formiga vs. Chris Cariaso planned for UFC on FX 8". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  13. ^ Matt Erickson (2013-05-18). "UFC on FX 8 results/photos: Formiga stifles Cariaso to take unanimous decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  14. ^ "Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga targeted for UFC on FOX Sports 1 3". mmajunkie.com. June 21, 2013. Archived from the original on June 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ "UFC Fight Night 28 Results: Joseph Benavidez crushes Jussier Formiga, back in title contention". mmaweekly.com. September 4, 2013. 
  16. ^ Guilherme Cruz. "Scott Jorgensen vs. Jussier Formiga added to UFC fight card in Brazil". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  17. ^ Elias Cepeda. "Scott Jorgensen wants rematch after headbutt, loss". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  18. ^ Mookie Alexander. "Scott Jorgensen's appeal to overturn loss to Jussier Formiga denied by Brazilian Athletic Commission". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  19. ^ Staff (2014-05-06). "Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky added to UFC 176 in August". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  20. ^ Erickson, Matt (2014-07-08). "After UFC 176 cancellation, Green-Trujillo, Formiga-Makovsky move to UFC Fight Night 47". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  21. ^ MMA Fighting Newswire (2014-09-22). "John Moraga slated to face Jussier Formiga at UFC on FOX 13". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-09-22. 
  22. ^ Rick LaFitte (2015-03-28). "Wilson Reis, Jussier Formiga flyweight clash a meaningful addition to UFC Fight Night 67". rantsports.com. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  23. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-05-30). "UFC Fight Night 67 results: Jussier Formiga wins third straight, tops Wilson Reis". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  24. ^ José Youngs (2015-08-17). "Henry Cejudo vs. 'Jussier' Formiga Booked for TUF Latin America 2 Finale in Mexico". themmacorner.com. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  25. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-11-21). "UFC Fight Night 78 results: Henry Cejudo gets strange split decision over Jussier Formiga". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  26. ^ Staff (2016-08-03). "Jussier Formiga faces Dustin Ortiz in flyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 95 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  27. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-09-24). "UFC Fight Night 95 results: Jussier Formiga cruise to unanimous decision over Dustin Ortiz". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  28. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2016-11-21). "Jussier Formiga vs. Sergio Pettis booked for UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  29. ^ Staff (2016-12-29). "John Moraga in for Formiga vs. Sergio Pettis, Drakkar Klose meets Devin Powell at UFC Fight Night 103". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  30. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2017-01-23). "Jussier Formiga vs. Ray Borg set for UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  31. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-03-11). "UFC Fight Night 106 results: Ray Borg outworks Jussier Formiga in crucial flyweight battle". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 

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