Flyweight Jussier Formiga had yet to live up to the advance hype since joining the UFC, but that all changed at Fight Night 38. Formiga delighted his Brazilian brethren by turning in his finest Octagon performance to date against tough veteran Scott Jorgensen, recording a first-round submission victory.
Formiga showed a more aggressive nature and a better stand-up game but it was his dangerous ground skills that allowed him to close the show. Jorgensen landed a solid right hand and uppercut early on but Formiga was unfazed and was willing to stand in the pocket against his opponent landing a solid knee of his own.
The end came when Jorgensen was wobbled by an inadvertent clash of heads while the two were involved in a striking exchange. Formiga was able to take Jorgensen down to the mat and put his exceptional jiu-jitsu skills to work. He took Jorgensen’s back and was able to lock in a rear naked choke that eventually forced “Young Guns” to tap at the 3:07 mark.
Formiga improved to 2-2 inside the Octagon and immediately becomes a key figure in the flyweight division. It was a much-needed bounce back effort after being stopped by Joseph Benavidez in his last fight. Formiga improved to 16-3 with the win and it was his eighth submission finish.
The Brazilian entered the fight with a No. 7 ranking and is likely to move up the ladder in a 125-pound division that has been dominated by champion Demetrious Johnson. It should land Formiga a high-profile assignment next and he’s a victory or two away from title consideration. The triumph revived his career in a major way.
As for Jorgensen, the former bantamweight contender had hoped a move down in weight classes would be a fresh start that would eventually lead to a title opportunity. However, with back-to-back losses as a flyweight and just one victory in his last six appearances, his UFC future seems to be in jeopardy.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports