As soon as the UFC announced plans to launch its 125-pound flyweight division, fighters came out of the woodwork to sign with the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.
With several of the world’s top 125-pounders already in the fold, the latest addition is Jussier da Silva, according to da Silva himself and his manager and trainer, Andre Pederneiras.
At 14-1, da Silva is a strong addition to the roster. The only blemish on his record is a unanimous decision loss to UFC title contender Ian McCall. That loss came early in 2011. Da Silva has since righted the ship, winning five consecutive bouts.
A member of Pederneiras’ Nova União fight team, da Silva has a strong cast of teammates to help prepare him for the jump to the Octagon. He trains alongside the likes of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim bantamweight title contender Renan Barão.
There has been no word yet as to when da Silva will make his UFC debut, but with Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson slated to slug it out for the first UFC flyweight title at UFC 152 in in September, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think UFC officials might want to include da Silva on the Toronto undercard.