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With a Fedor Emelianenko-Fabricio Werdum bout scheduled for next month, the heavyweight mantle in mixed martial arts will be on the line in June. However, despite a far lower profile, the month will now also see the sport’s flyweight throne contested.
Brazil’s two top flyweights, Jussier da Silva and Alexandre Pantoja, are set to do battle at Shooto Brazil 16 on June 12 at Bennett College in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Silva’s South American Shooto 123-pound title will be on the line in the fight, but the stakes are more significant.
Last July, the 25-year-old Formiga headed to Tokyo, where he upset then-Shooto world champion Shinichi “BJ” Kojima in a non-title affair. Despite not walking out of Korakuen Hall with the Shooto world title -- which is now vacant and will be contested in a bout between Yasuhiro Urushitani and Ryuichi Miki on May 30 -- “Formiga” did gain rightful recognition as the sport’s top flyweight.
Silva has not fought since his upset of Kojima 10 months ago. The once-beaten Pantoja, undefeated as a flyweight, is coming off a split decision victory over Ralph Lauren under the Watch Out Combat Show banner last December.