Once-beaten Brazilian Jussier da
Silva will enter the UFC in a high-profile matchup against
another world-ranked flyweight, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14
The 125-pound standouts have verbally agreed to meet at
UFC on FX 5, Sherdog.com confirmed Monday with a source close
to the bout. News of the matchup was first reported by Brazilian
UFC on FX 5 takes place Oct. 5 at Target Center in Minneapolis and
is topped by a heavyweight tilt between former Strikeforce big man
Silva and unbeaten prospect Travis
Known as “Formiga” -- Portuguese for “Ant” -- 27-year-old da Silva
is the reigning Shooto South America 123-pound champion in his
native Brazil. The former top-ranked flyweight has been on a tear
since his February 2011 decision loss at the hands of Ian McCall;
the tenacious grappler has won five straight bouts and has
submitted his last four opponents.
Dodson, also 27, won his season of “TUF” at 135 pounds but returned
to his natural weight class in early 2012 when the UFC installed
its flyweight division. The Greg Jackson pupil is 2-0 so far in his
Octagon run, having stopped T.J.
Dillashaw in December and outpointed Tim Elliott
in May. Dodson has not lost since October 2009 and has never been
finished in his 18-fight career.