Jussier “Formiga” da Silva may be ranked #3 in the 125 division, but as he gets set to fight Dustin Ortiz tonight, the Brazilian says he’s not thinking about locking up a title shot.
“Formiga” will take on Ortiz at UFC Fight Night 95, in what is one of the card’s more compelling and promising fights. “Formiga” will be looking to get back on track, as last November, he lost via split decision to fellow top contender, Henry Cejudo. Prior to that, the accomplished grappler had won three in a row, which included a decision win over Wilson Reis. The latter, you may remember, was booked to fight Demetrious Johnson earlier this year, until an injury to the champ cancelled the bout.
Well, if “Formiga” can score a big win tonight at UFC FN 95, he could be knocking on the title shot door. But recently da Silva told MMA Fighting.com the following:
“This time without fights was great because I had a chance to rethink my career,” “Formiga” said. “I got close to fighting for the belt twice, but I have decided to stop thinking about it now. I won’t want to fight with this idea that I have to get through this guy to show something to someone. I want to fight to have fun and do what I do best. Whatever happens, happens. I will get the job done.”
Fair enough. Getting by Ortiz likely won’t be easy, however, as the latter has proven to be a tough out. Ortiz has gone 4-3 in UFC action to date, but his losses have come against fellow contenders like Joseph Benavidez, John Moraga and Reis. During that time Ortiz has defeated promising prospects like Justin Scoggins and Ray Borg.
UFC FN 95 will take place in Brasilia, Brazil.