Jussier Formiga spent his childhood in the slums of Brazil working away. With the support of his mother, Formiga entered MMA and has landed in the UFC’s still developing flyweight division. While Formiga is a possible title contender, he doesn’t focus on that.
“I try not to think too much about that,” said Formiga to MMA Fighting. “I rather focus on the fight itself. 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.”
When the UFC decided to create a flyweight division, they held a four person tournament to decide the winner. Formiga was one of those contestants, but was removed by John Dodson in the first round. He improved to 15-2 when he got the decision over Chris Cariaso at UFC on FX 8.
Formiga’s next challenge comes from Joseph Benavidez in September.
Since Benavidez failed to win the title in the finals of the tournament, he’s taken two wins this year. The most recent was a decision against Darren Uyenoyama.
The flyweights are set for the main card of UFC Fight Night 28 on September 4. It comes from Brazil’s Mineirinho Arena.