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UFC signs top-ranked flyweight fighter Jussier da Silva to contract

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One of the most glaring omissions in the burgeoning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight division has just been corrected.

Nova Uniao's Jussier da Silva (14-1), according to manager Andre Pederneiras and the man himself, has just signed with the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, adding yet another intriguing element to the growing 125-pound division.

Da Silva, better known as "Formiga" ("ant" in Portuguese), burst onto the scene with an upset decision win over then-top dog Shinichi "BJ" Kojima back in 2009, usurping his place as number one in the division. Da Silva has since gone 7-1, his sole loss coming at the hands of UFC contender Ian McCall with a win over Mamoru Yamaguchi following immediately after.

"Formiga" packs a nasty grappling game, with his airtight back control of particular note. While he struggled for a long time with finishing from there, his last four victories have come via tapout.


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Nice! I hope they continue to take from the 125 talent pool Tachi Palace has.

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Post #2   7/14/12 11:28:01AM   

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Nice, and when just a few days ago we were talking on the boards about how this guy, and others need to be signed! Well done Zuffa

Post #5   7/14/12 1:13:00PM   

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Bring on the flys!!!!!!

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I wonder if Jussier's first order of business is a second bite at the McCall apple.

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Come on Mamoru Yamaguchi

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Come on Mamoru Yamaguchi



HELL Yeah!

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Post #10   7/15/12 1:12:43PM