No amount of fights or previous experience can actually prepare someone for their first trip to the UFC Octagon just ask Jussier Formiga.
The former top ranked flyweight made his long awaited UFC debut in 2012, but didn’t make the impact he was hoping with a lackluster showing en route to a TKO loss to current top contender John Dodson last October.
Formiga has a great strategy, a perfect training camp, but once he stepped foot in the world famous cage, things just didn’t go his way.
“I learned that the UFC is a big stage and that it’s not everyone that can feel well on the debut,” Formiga told MMAWeekly.com about his first UFC experience. “Hector Lombard didn’t go as planned as well. It’s a different atmosphere.
“I was very sad because it was the biggest camp I ever did and I didn’t act in the fight as I was supposed to. I learned I have to relax more and show everything I’ve got as done in practice.”
If Formiga can truly learn from the mistakes he made in his first UFC appearance then he should quickly become a force at 125lbs because there’s no denying the talent he possesses.
He’s willing to prove it in the cage and hopes to do so in March as part of the upcoming UFC on Fuel 8 card in Japan.
“I really want to be on the Japan card. I adapted well to Japan, had a very good fight there against their champion. But if it isn’t possible I want to fight as soon as possible,” said Formiga.
The UFC’s flyweight division is still establishing itself among the weight classes in the promotion, and thus far there isn’t a huge list of fighters under contract at 125lb. The small list is formidable however and that’s why Formiga doesn’t want an easy match-up for his second fight in the UFC.
He wants the toughest fight possible and that’s why he’s targeting former Ultimate Fighter competitor Louis Gaudinot for his next opponent.
The two fighters recently engaged in some banter on Twitter, and now they are hoping matchmaker Sean Shelby is paying attention to sign them up and put them in a fight.
“We started talking on Twitter and I think it’ll be a great fight. The public liked it as well from what I’m seeing on Twitter,” said Formiga about Gaudinot.
“He’s a big showman. Likes to fight for the audience, likes to bang but is very accomplished in other areas as well. I think we have the potential to have a great fight.”
Now the ball is in the court of the UFC to see if they will match up Formiga against Gaudinot in Japan or at another card in 2013.