It's not what you did, but what have you done for me lately and that's something that No. 3-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight Jussier Formiga takes seriously.
That's why the winner of three-in-a-row has his sights set on playing the role of spoiler against ex-Olympic wrestler Henry Cejudo at the UFC Fight Night 78 mixed martial arts (MMA) event tonight (Sat., Nov. 21, 2015) in Monterrey, Mexico.
Formiga, 30, has only been foiled by the very best the 125-pound division has to offer, but plans on reminding the MMA masses just how potent of a fighter he can be with a victory over "The Messenger."
The Brazilian gives his take to MMAjunkie:
"Maybe people don't remember, but I was No. 1 in the division at one time, and I need to get back to that point, and that's what I'm trying to do right now. This is a great moment in my career, thankfully. I've been able to find myself in the UFC. And now I'm facing another very good fighter, Henry Cejudo. It's a very important fight for me. I want to add another victory in 2015 to my legacy and reach the top of the division. That's my plan. I'm thinking of my weapons and my training camp, which was great. That's what matters. Afterward, then we can think about what's next in the UFC, or what we might say. It will be one of the best fights of my career. I have no doubt of that."
The jiu-jitsu ace Formiga never fell far from the Top 5 after he was stopped via strikes by the likes of former title challengers Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson over the course of his three-year run at 125 pounds.
His Mexican-American counterpart Cejudo, on the other hand, is undefeated, having notched quality decision wins over Chico Camus and Chris Cariaso in 2015.
The Arizona-based fighter is also wary of the weapons his latest opponent possesses.
Whoever is to be hailed as the victor will need to get right back in the gym, seeing as how 125-pound king Demetrious Johnson is planning a return to the Octagon during Super Bowl weekend in February.
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