Jussier Formiga at Shooto Brazil, the Jiu-Jitsu that works in the ring

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Jussier Formiga, champion of the Shooto South America flyweight division / Photo: Carlos Ozório/GRACIEMAG.com

A Jiu-Jitsu black belt on team Kimura/Nova União, Jussier Formiga relied on his slick Jiu-Jitsu skills to hold on to his under-57kg (flyweight) Shooto South America belt last Friday.

In the Brazilian capital of Brasilia, the flyweight took Junior Abedi down, got to his back and finished the fight with a tight rear-naked choke. With the result, the native of the city of Natal may very well have lined himself up for a move to the UFC’s newly minted flyweight division. Watch the Jair Lourenço student calmly working his Jiu-Jitsu, and learn from him.


Shooto Brazil 31 also featured another title fight. For the promotional middleweight strap, Ismael Marmota overcame Paraná State native André Mikito via unanimous decision for the post left vacant when Caio Magalhães moved to the UFC.

Shooto Brazil 31
Brasília, Brazil
June 29, 2012

Jussier Formiga tapped out Junior Abedi via rear-naked choke in R1
Ismael Marmota defeated André Mikito via unanimous decision
Marcos Pezão tapped out Fabiano Adams via arm-triangle in R1
Julio Cesar defeated Wil Galvão via unanimous decision
Diogo Osama defeated Thiago Fernandes via TKO in R1
Luiz Gustavo Besouro defeated Fernando Fio via unanimous decision
Matheus Pereira defeated Gilberto Dias via unanimous decision
Goiti Yamauchi tapped out Juliano Ninja via rear-naked choke in R1
Lucas Caio tapped out Roger Vieira via arm-triangle R1
Bruce Souto defeated Jeferson Santos via unanimous decision

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