Top-10 UFC flyweights Jussier Formiga and Zach Makovsky will look to continue their pursuit of a future title opportunity when they meet this weekend in Bangor, Maine at Fight Night 47. The bout was initially set for the ill-fated UFC 176 event in Los Angeles but was quickly rebooked after the cancellation of the Aug. 2 card. Both fighters were victorious in their last Octagon appearances and can vault themselves into the 125-pound title conversation with a strong performance this weekend.
Formiga picked up a badly-needed victory in Brazil at Fight Night 38 in his last bout against veteran Scott Jorgensen. The first-round submission triumph did contain an element of controversy, as an accidental head-butt from Formiga dazed his opponent and quickly led to the rear-naked choke finish. Jorgensen appealed the result but had his protest denied.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt entered the UFC back in 2012 with a reputation of being one of the best flyweights in the world. However, he’s been unable to meet those lofty standards so far. He’s gone 2-2 inside the Octagon and sustained knockout losses at the hands of former title challengers John Dodson and Joseph Benavidez. Formiga does own a unanimous decision victory over upcoming UFC 178 title challenger Chris Cariaso. It’ll be important for the No. 6-ranked Formiga to continue his positive momentum against Makovsky in order to emerge as a major player in the division. He’s earned eight submission wins in his sixteen career victories.
“Fun Size” Makovsky has been a welcome addition to the organization’s 125-pound roster having gone 2-0 inside the Octagon. The former Bellator bantamweight and RFA flyweight titleholder is riding a four-fight win streak. His decision to move down from the 135-pound weight class has sparked a career revival. He made an impressive debut against Jorgensen at UFC on FOX 9 in recording a unanimous decision victory. The No. 9-ranked Makovsky followed up that effort by besting Josh Sampo at UFC 170. The 32-year old possesses a strong grappling game and solid striking skills.
This is seemingly one of the more overlooked matchups on this weekend’s card. It’s a highly competitive and meaningful clash between two of the flyweight division’s best. The winner will definitely be knocking on the door of a future title shot.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports