Jussier Formiga just made put together three wins in a row after a unanimous decision over Wilson Reis in Goiania at UFC Fight Night 67. The only flyweight in the division's Top 5 who hasn't fought for the title yet, the Brazilian thinks the time has come for him to share the Octagon with champion Demetrious Johnson.
"I think it's my time to fight for the title, but that's up to the UFC to decide. If they give me a chance, you can bet I'll do my best." Said Formiga. "Demetrious Johnson is a great champion, but everyone has their flaws, he is evolving, but every fight is 50/50. I don't mean to put him down, but I think I could have a great fight against him. "
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt, Formiga knew he had another great grappler in front of him, so it really came as a surprise when he showed improved stand up skills to shut down Wilson Reis in a performance that included two knockdowns throughout the 15 minutes. For Formiga, though, it was all part of the plan.
"I knew Wilson was a really tough guy, a good wrestler, on a two fight win streak. I needed to show the UFC I'm a Top 5 fighter and that I'm one of the best at 125. My strategy was to try to knock him out, since I have no KO wins, I've been training my striking a lot, I'm happy I could show it tonight. It was a huge weight off my back because I injured myself in December, but now I'm back. "
If the title shot does not come, however, Formiga would welcome rematches against both fighters who defeated him in the UFC, John Dodson and Joseph Benavidez. However, he has his eyes on an much older foe in case the title shot never comes, Ian McCall.
"They are both guys who have defeated me and are ahead of me in the rankings, if the UFC wants me to rematch then, I'm sure it would be a great fight. There's also another guy I would really like to fights, who is Ian McCall, who already defeated me back at Tachi Palace. Who knows, maybe I will meet one of them again."