Jussier Formiga and Henry Cejudo met in a title eliminator bout in 2015, when both had three straight wins at the UFC, 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 UFC Nashville victory over Deiveson Figueiredo finally earns his eponymous shot at the UFC 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. ”
”Regardless of this broken decision we’d, I really wish to struggle Cejudo — and I shall prove it to the UFC,” 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 UFC sometimes,” Formiga stated. “Honestly, I’m at the UFC 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 UFC.
”You have a look in the UFC 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 UFC, 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 Australia. I’m emphasizing having great performances and allow my game go longer. ”
Looking to create fourinarow in UFC Nashville, which are his best winning streak since joining the UFC, Formiga promises a dominant performance from an abysmal Brazilian.
”Deiveson is 15-0 and contains four wins in the UFC. “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. ”
“Possibly he & ’s maybe not that good publicly speaking, but he moves hits hard, and also is actually really just a warrior. I expect a difficult struggle Saturday, a warfare, and make sure I have my hands increased in the long run. ”
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.
”I’m consistently & ‘grappler’ within my own fights, I shall never function as & & lsquo;striker’ [laughs], however I’m ready to surprise every one on the feet. I’ve demonstrated that. I nearly knocked out Ben Nguyen at Australia. I’ve got weapons, ” I ’t improved a great training together with my coaches in Western Top Team, and I trust my standup game. ”