Jussier Formiga had yet another impressive win at UFC Nashville when he gave Deiveson Figueiredo his first professional loss and made Formiga the clear cut number one contender. However, it likely means that Formiga will not be getting the next title shot. Rather, flyweight champion, Henry Cejudo is expected to move up in weight to take on Marlon Moraes for the vacant bantamweight title. While Formiga is set to fight Joseph Benavidez at flyweight in a number one contender fight.
Formiga does not agree with that. Rather, he knows he should be getting the title shot.
“I think it’s my turn, I’m the No. 1 contender,” Formiga said in his native Portuguese while still in the Octagon.
Unfortunately, Formiga will not be getting that shot due to the fact Cejudo is looking to become a champ-champ. However, for many becoming a champ-champ is for their legacy and being considered one of the greatest to ever do it. But, according to Formiga, he believes Cejudo is only moving up in weight for money and now wants to fight for the interim title.
“I think this thing Cejudo is doing, of fighting at 135, is more for him to make money,” Formiga said. “I think a true champion fights in their division. If he moves up to 135, I want to fight for the (interim) title, against whomever it is. With Benavidez or whomever it is.”
No matter what, Formiga is in a good place in the flyweight division. He could be fighting for the interim title next, or, he could be one win away from finally getting a UFC title shot.
“I feel very happy with a job well done,” Formiga said. “We did great training, a great camp for this. So I’m very happy I got this win against a top-5.”
It is exciting times for Formiga.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime