UFC Fight Night 78 takes place Saturday, Nov. 21, in Monterrey, Mexico and will broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.
For this preview we’ll be looking at a main card matchup between top flyweights Jussier Formiga and Henry Cejudo.
Formiga (18-3) is ranked number three among the UFC’s 125-pounders, right below John Dodson, Joseph Benavidez (and champ Demetrious Johnson). The 30-year-old Judo and BJJ black belt has won eight of his fights by submission and 10 via decision. Interestingly enough, Formiga has no T/KO wins on his record.
He’s currently riding a three-fight winning streak with a submission over Scott Jorgensen in March 2014, a unanimous decision over Zach Makovsky in Aug. 2014, and most recently, a unanimous decision over Wilson Reis in May.
Formiga’s three losses have been against three of the best. He lost a decision to Ian McCall in Tachi Palace back in 2011. He dropped a TKO to John Dodson in 2012 and a TKO to Joseph Benavidez in 2013.
Cejudo (9-0) currently holds the number five spot on the UFC’s flyweight rankings. After winning a gold medal in freestyle wrestling in the 2008 Olympics, it would be five years before Cejudo would compete in his first pro MMA bout.
Now 28-years-old, the Los Angeles-born fighter has put together an unbeaten MMA record with four wins coming by way of knockout, and five by decision. Cejudo signed with the UFC last year and has won three straight inside the Octagon so far.
Following a unanimous decision win over Dustin Kimura in his promotional debut in Dec. 2014, Cejudo defeated Chris Cariaso via unanimous decision in March, then Chico Camus via unanimous decision in June.
Oddsmakers have Cejudo a heavy favorite at -500, with Formiga at +400. Will Cejudo want to take this fight to the ground considering Formiga’s submission abilities? Will the Olympian’s striking make the difference in the fight?
PREDICTION: Cejudo via decision