An underdog for this flyweight contest, the Brazilian Jussier Formiga pulled off the upset in his unanimous decision victory over Zach Makovsky at UFC Fight Night 47. Formiga has been inconsistent since joining the UFC, though put in one of his best performances when it mattered most, and is now in the hunt for a title shot in the process.
The win takes Formiga’s overall record inside the Octagon to 3-2, with losses to #1 ranked John Dodson and #2 ranked Joseph Benavidez. He holds wins over former WEC contender Scott Jorgensen and the man who will challenge for the title next, Chris Cariaso. The 29 year-old now has a 17-3 record as a professional, which is impressive to say the least.
If Da Silva can continue where he left off in that solid win over Makovsky, a title shot could come sooner rather than later. Currently ranked #6 in the division, Formiga may have done enough to enter the top five. Makovsky suffered his first loss since entering the Octagon, and also halts a four-fight winning streak for the former Bellator titleholder.
Check out the play-by-play for the contest below.
Two top 10 flyweights in a pivotal bout headlines the preliminary card, and this should shape the 125 division. An impressive win for either fighter gets them into the title frame.
Round 1 - Formiga lands a right. Feeling out process between the two. Makovsky sneaks a left in. He ducks the left of Formiga, that had cruel intentions. Head kick attempted from ‘Fun Size’. Formiga gets the clinch, has the back and jumps on it. He rolls beautifully and now has Makovsky to the mat. He tries to explode and get on top but Formiga recognises it and stays on top. Formiga now may be working on an arm, but might give up top position in the process. Great job by Makovsky there, who is now in the guard postured up and lands some nice shots. Sharp left by Makovsky, who then stands up. Makovsky doubles up on the left, but misses a hook on the follow-up. Nice combination by Formiga, who then eats a superman punch. Formiga ducks under the combination of Makovsky and drags him to the mat from the clinch, getting half guard and lands some short blows. Lovely technique. Makovsky trying to buck him off but Formiga relentless, landing short shots and trying to advance. Makovsky doing a good job of preventing much damage, though. Short shots land for the Brazilian, who ends the round in half guard in a solid round.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Formiga.
Round 2 - Makovsky goes up high, almost landing. He halts the attempt to clinch up from Formiga. Surprising that Makovsky is struggling in that area, where he holds the advantage. Good combination from Makovsky, who then gets a single leg into half guard but Formiga back up like a spring. Switch kick misses for ‘Fun Size’. Beautiful left, and another by Makovsky – they caught Formiga flush. Body kick from the former Bellator champ. Up high from Formiga with the kick. Another left by Makovsky, who dodges the right counter of Formiga. The Brazilian gets the clinch and lands a couple of knees, Makovsky trying a risky move and giving up his back once again. He’s still standing but this is big for Formiga, with one hook in. Short elbows by the Brazilian, Makovsky trying to shake him off but Formiga is relentless. Formiga has full back mount, body triangle in. 90 seconds remaining. This is big. Formiga with softening blows. Panic mode for Makovsky, as Formiga is a tremendous grappler, and he peppers to the body with some short shots. Makovsky unable to do anything from this position, and he’s giving up another round. Formiga still can’t get the arm under the chin, and Makovsky doing well from that perspective. Another big round from the underdog.
Cooper scores round 2 10-9 Formiga (20-18 Formiga).
Round 3 - Makovsky desperately needs a finish here. Formiga misses the overhand left. Makovsky lands a sharp right, and a big left lands! He’s sneaky with those attacks, faking one then landing the follow-up. Good combination from ‘Fun Size’. He has a big speed advantage, it seems, he just needs to keep the fight standing. That head kick attempt misses. Body kick from Zach. Formiga gets the clinch, but Makovsky shrugs him off. Superman jab misses for Makovsky. Formiga attempts a takedown and Makovsky counters, ending up on top! This might be big. He’s in guard though, so he needs to advance. He’s peppering the body. Calls from Keith Peterson to keep up the action. Formiga trying to throw him off, but Makovsky explodes and lands a big shot. Makovsly trying to land ground and pound, and gets side control! But Formiga shrugs him off again. More short shots from Makovsky, but not fight-ending shots. Guard again. Nice overhand right there. And a left. 90 seconds remaining in the round. Huge couple of lefts land for Zach. He’s still in full guard, though. Body-head now. Formiga trying to control the arms, but eats an elbow. Good ground and pound from Makovsky, but he’s not quite doing enough to win the fight. Good shots by Zach. Nice work now. Formiga has done nothing in this round but his work in the first two should be enough. 10 seconds left. Formiga gets back to his feet, goes in for a takedown which Makovsky stuffs and lands some short elbows at the end. Not quite enough, for me. Formiga should get the upset win.
Cooper scores round 3 10-9 Makovsky (29-28 Formiga).
Result: Formiga via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Very solid performance from the Brazilian, though Makovsky showed what he was capable of in the third round. If the former Bellator champ did the same in the first or second, this may have been his night, but it is Formiga who continues his win streak in the 125lbs division.
Here are the results for the event so far, you can follow the coverage of the full card here.
Jussier Formiga def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Sara McMann def. Lauren Murphy via split decision (29-28 x3, 28-29).
Tom Watson def. Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Frankie Saenz def. Nolan Ticman via unanimous decision (30-27 x3).