Flyweights John Moraga, Jussier ‘Formiga’ Paired at UFC on Fox 13 in Phoenix

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 23, 2014
Jussier da Silva is riding a wave of momentum in 2014. | Gleidson Venga/

A battle of Top 10 flyweights will go down at UFC on Fox 13, as John Moraga will square off with Jussier da Silva in Phoenix on Dec. 13.

Promotion officials recently announced the matchup, while additionally revealing that Anthony Birchak will square off with Ian Entwistle in a bantamweight clash on the same card. UFC on Fox 13 takes place at the U.S. Airways Center and is headlined by a heavyweight tilt between Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic.

Moraga, 30, is 4-2 inside the Octagon, with his only defeats coming against reigning champion Demetrious Johnson and top contender John Dodson. The Arizonan last appeared at UFC Fight Night “Jacare vs. Mousasi 2,” where he submitted 125-pound prospect Justin Scoggins with a guillotine choke 47 seconds into the second round. Moraga also owns triumphs over Ulysses Gomez, Chris Cariaso and Dustin Ortiz.

After losing two of his first three bouts within the Las Vegas-based promotion, Da Silva is currently 2-0 in 2014, having submitted Scott Jorgensen in March before outpointing Zach Makovsky on Aug. 16. “Formiga” also owns a triumph over Cariaso during his UFC tenure.


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