Jussier da Silva's Blogs
The Editor's Note
By: Jordan Breen
Eduardo "Dudu" Dantas | Stephen Martinez/Sherdog.com
For some reason, people love to ignore the bylines on Sherdog.com. It creates a weird situation in which fans, fighters and other media discuss what "Sherdog" said, as though the site isn't a network of writers and commentators with their own individual thoughts and opinions on any given subject.
As administrative editor of Sherdog.com, I disagree with a considerable contingent of our writers on various subjects, from the most caustic op-ed to the plainest Top 10 list possible. To invert Voltaire's famous quotable, while they have the right to say whatever they wish, I defend my right to disapprove of it.
To re-emphasize this and combat the appearance of homogeneous groupthink, I submit "The Editor's Note," in which I opine on my personal editorial objections to some of our contributors' content.
Yesterday -- Jan. 15, 2011 -- we published a feature by our esteemed Brazilian contributor Gleidson Venga, titled "10 Brazilians to Watch in 2011," an enumeration of great Brazilian fighters yet-unsigned by a major promotion, but on the cusp of potential greatness. Last year, Venga's 2010 watch list included the likes of Renan “Barao,” Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, so it was only fair we gave him another shot to show off his prognosticating skills. Read more
Video: 'Formiga' vs. Martinez
By: Chris Nelson
The man widely considered to be the best 125-pound fighter in the world, Jussier “Formiga” da Silva, made a successful North American debut Thursday, earning a unanimous decision over Danny Martinez at Tachi Palace Fights 7 in Lemoore, Calif.
The unbeaten Brazilian flyweight positionally dominated Martinez for much of the opening two rounds, locking up body triangles and pecking away at the Arizona native from Martinez’s back while hunting for a rear-naked choke. “Formiga” survived a scare in the final frame, which saw Martinez gain top control and attempt to attempt to inflict damage with hard elbow strikes, but the round would end the same as the first two. All three judges scored the bout 29-28.
Da Silva seems to have enjoyed his time in the States, as the Natal native has already booked a return visit: less than 24 hours after his win, “Formiga” agreed to square off against WEC veteran Ian McCall in February at Tachi Palace Fights 8.
“I heard he’s a tough fighter. He fought in WEC against Dominic Cruz. It’s also his first fight at 125, but I’m pretty sure he’ll come prepared,” Da Silva tells Sherdog.com. “I’ll train a lot to be a much better fighter than in my last fight, and hopefully I can win again and put on a show for everybody. I have to thank Jeremy [Luchau] and Richard [Goodman] for this opportunity, and they won’t regret it.”
Flyweight Supremacy on the Line
By: Jordan Breen
The WEC 125-pound division is still months away. Fortunately for fight freaks, Shooto promoters have quality flyweight action covered for the summer.Read more
Leading Shooto promoter Sustain announced Monday that flyweight kingpin Shinichi "BJ" Kojima would take on unbeaten Brazilian Jucie Formiga on July 19 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Though Kojima's Shooto world 123-pound title will not be up for grabs, it is nonetheless a high stakes affair, pitting the Shooto world champion against the Shooto South American champion with flyweight supremacy on the line.
In March, the 30-year-old Kojima made the third defense of his Shooto world title against action-oriented Yuki Shoujou, and turned in arguably the most consummate performance of his entire career en route a third-round choke-out of his opponent.