After a disappointing flyweight debut, veteran Scott Jorgensen knows he can’t afford another setback this weekend when he squares off against Jussier Formiga at UFC Fight Night 38 in Brazil. Jorgensen was expected to make an immediate mark in the 125 pound division after having been a solid contender in the bantamweight division. However, those plans were derailed when Jorgensen dropped a unanimous decision against late replacement Zach Makovsky at UFC on FOX 9.
It may have been a matter of simply taking his opponent lightly, as Jorgensen saw potential fights against top-5 contenders Ian McCall and John Dodson scuttled because of injuries. He simply couldn’t get untracked against “Fun Size,” as Makovsky made life miserable by landing some strong left hands and outworking him throughout the contest.
With the flyweight division badly in need of future title contenders to challenge champion Demetrious Johnson, it’ll likely only take a couple of victories for Jorgensen to become a key player. However, with a 1-4 record in his last five appearances, the time is definitely now to make a statement. Jorgensen needs to impress against Formiga and show that the move down in weight wasn’t a major mistake. He’s had a history of being involved in exciting fights throughout his career, and will be looking to make amends for a subpar performance when he meets the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist.
Formiga entered the UFC with plenty of hype, but has been a disappointing 1-2 in his Octagon tenure. His lone win against Chris Cariaso was sandwiched between TKO losses to Dodson and Joseph Benavidez. Formiga brings little to the table in the striking department, but does have a formidable ground game with seven submission triumphs in his 15 career victories. Despite his struggles, he remains ranked at No. 7 and can improve upon that with a successful effort this weekend.
This is a key fight for both competitors and should produce plenty of action. Jorgensen will be looking to get his career back on track and will no doubt be looking to produce an emphatic finish. Formiga can definitely raise his stock and rejuvenate his career if he can secure a badly needed victory over “Young Guns.”