SAITAMA, Japan – Jussier Formiga looked nothing short of brilliant at UFC Fight Night 117.
Two minutes into his FXX-televised fight with Ulka Sasaki, Formiga (20-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) caught a kick and used it to land a solid punch. He then scooped up the taller Sasaki (20-5-2 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and took him to the canvas, where he exhibited excellent groundwork until sinking in a rear-naked choke to earn the submission win with 30 seconds remaining in the first round.
It was an overall impressive performance for Formiga, who afterward called for a flyweight title shot in front of the crowd at Saitama Super Arena. Backstage, he further made his case to MMAjunkie.
“Some of the guys that I beat got a chance (at the title),” Formiga said through an interpreter. “So I think it’s my time. But if the UFC decides not, I’m an employee of the company, and I’ll keep on fighting.”
Formiga, who’s 2-2 in his last four fights, holds wins over previous title contenders Wilson Reis and Chris Cariaso. Prior to defeating Sasaki, Formiga lost to Ray Borg, who’s next in line to face champ Demetrious Johnson at UFC 216.
Given the state of the division thanks to Johnson’s dominance and those two wins over Reis and Cariaso, to go along with Friday’s impressive win, why not Formiga next? Does he have a case?
To hear more from Formiga, watch the video above.
Original Source Credit: mmajunkie.com