Although many fans welcomed the UFC's addition of the 125lb flyweight division earlier this year, there have been recent concerns that they haven't been bolstering their flyweight roster, and several fighters have publicly complained that the promotion has been slow to book the 125'ers for upcoming cards. Well the division got a shot in the arm today with the news that top-ranked Brazilian flyweight, Jussier da Silva, has signed with the UFC. "Formiga" and his coach, Nova Uniao head, Andre Pederneiras, announed the news in a video interview with CanalOSS:
Some of "Formiga"s comments transcribed from the video (via Globo):
I am very happy with this signing. I always dreamed of this since they created the division. The time has come. I'll try to do a good job. I did good fights here in Brazil and want to show it because I am the South American champion of Shooto.
At 27 years of age, da Silva has compiled a stellar 14-1 record, with that only blemish coming via decision to current UFC flyweight standout, Ian McCall. The BJJ black belt has 6 submission victories among those 14 wins, and he has also pushed himself to compete at the higher levels of the flyweight ranks. After starting his career at 9-0, he left the weaker competition on the Brazilian regional circuit in 2010 to fight in the US for Tachi Palace Fights, where he bested notable fighters like Danny Martinez and Mamoru Yamaguchi.
No debut date or opponent has been set for "Formiga", but we'll keep you posted when that news develops.