A longtime veteran of the activity, Formiga explained to MMA Battling he was informed of the release this earlier week, 1 thirty day period immediately after the business arrived at out asking if he was healthy to compete right before the stop of the 12 months.
“My manager claimed I was on the last stages of recovery, but wasn’t 100 per cent completely ready to struggle still, and they claimed Ok,” Formiga mentioned. “They contacted my manager yet again last 7 days and mentioned they have been heading to cut 75 athletes, and I was a person of them. What am I heading to do? If they made the decision to reduce me, there is nothing at all I can do.”
Formiga was victorious in nine of 16 bouts under the UFC banner, which includes wins above potential champion Deiveson Figueiredo and title contenders Sergio Pettis, Wilson Reis and Chris Cariaso. He parted approaches with the organization following defeats to Joseph Benavidez, Brandon Moreno and Alex Perez.
“I cannot complain I simply cannot be ungrateful to the UFC,” Formiga stated. “The UFC was terrific for me, even however I in no way felt really valued in the UFC. But it was a terrific option in my existence, a great time. Everything in everyday living has a commencing and an finish.”
The Brazilian flyweight, when regarded the most effective 125-pounder on the earth before the UFC opened the bodyweight course, by no means received his shot at the promotion’s gold.
“I imagine there have been several chances I could have fought for the belt,” Formiga claimed. “I fought athletes that fought for the belt, I defeat some, but I did not struggle. It’s a little bit puzzling to assume about it. The to start with time, I won 3 in a row and they mentioned I desired just one extra right before battling for the belt, and I misplaced a break up conclusion to [Henry] Cejudo in Mexico.
“When I received four in a row, they stated they couldn’t develop an interim belt because Cejudo experienced the undisputed [belt]. It’s sophisticated to consider that way. That is why I say I did not truly feel fully valued in the UFC. And I was the only person to beat the existing winner [laughs]. They just do not give a f*ck. If they would not price me, then I’ll discover my value in other places. I’ll come across out my real worthy of.”
His UFC launch is continue to fresh new, but Formiga claimed he has presently been presented a offer from Brave CF to contend at their flyweight grand prix he turned it down due to the fact he nevertheless can not consider a struggle. Formiga’s supervisor is also in talks with 1 Championship and Bellator, he stated.
“Depending on the present, if it is some thing intriguing, I’ll definitely think about it,” Formiga stated of relocating up to bantamweight to join Bellator for the reason that the corporation does not have a 125-pound class. “Sergio Pettis, whom I defeat in the UFC, is fighting at 135 there, so it is not a little something out of this entire world. But it would have to be a great supply, for certain.”