Jussier Formiga and Henry Cejudo met in a title eliminator bout in 2015, when both had three straight wins at the , and Cejudo won via divided selection, earning an attempt at Demetrious Johnson to its belt.

Yet again riding a three-fight winning series, Formiga hopes that a Nashville victory over Deiveson Figueiredo finally earns his eponymous shot at the championship.

“He’d his path, maybe an easier road for to the name. He fought Demetrious after beating me and ended up losing, but followed up an easier road for to the name while I had a harder route, but consistently being at the top 5. ”

Cejudo, Alternatively, lost to “Mighty Mouse” and Joseph Benavidez before scoring wins over Wilson Reis and Pettis and once again challenging Johnson.

”Regardless of this broken decision we’d, I really h to struggle Cejudo — and I shall prove it to the ,” Formiga stated. “you are able to make sure it’s going to become a fantastic warfare and I won’t even ignore it the distance. It’s either a knockout or a entry. ”

Formiga was hoping to challenge Cejudo following his triumph over Pettis in October, but the organization decided to reserve the flyweight kingpin against then-bantamweight winner T.J. Dillashaw rather than Together with Dillashaw out from the picture after testing positive within his post-fight medication evaluation, Formiga eyes a flyweight title bout after meeting Figueiredo.

”we don’t even understand exactly the sometimes,” Formiga stated. “Honestly, I’m at the for 2 decades but don’t even know exactly how their plans work, who they need fighting for the name. Sergio Pettis was in the mix to get a title shot and I conquered himbut they still didn’t even provide me a go. They offered me the following struggle, ” I ’m a member of staff and I shall fight and earn some cash. I want to struggle to the name. That’s the thing. ”

It took some while, but Formiga understood that winning isn’t necessarily enough in today’s .

”You have a look in the standing and it’s made by amateurs, and those people want entertainment,” Formiga stated. “it may ’t even be described as a boring struggle, therefore I’m setting on the best performances of my own life. ”

”That’s the , sometimes you win and so they don’t care, so you have to win ,” he continued. “my past three fights, ” I ’ve been emphasizing this. Despite the fact that people booed my round against Sergio Pettis, I won all rounds with no question, and submitted Sasaki at Japan and Ben at . I’m emphasizing having great performances and allow my game go longer. ”

Looking to create fourinarow in Nashville, which are his best winning streak since joining the , Formiga promises a dominant performance from an abysmal ian.

”Deiveson is 15-0 and contains four wins in the . “Beating Deiveson, there’s nothing else that they could do [except provide me a name taken ], however, my attention today is winning the struggle Saturday. I’ll focus on the struggle and think of this afterward. ”

It’s the classic striker versus grappler collision, Formiga says, and “anything may happen” when the Octagon door closes.

”Occasionally people underestimate me as I’m a grappler, however I will surprise him feet or on the ground,” Formiga stated.


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