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Jussier Formiga delivers first post-UFC fight, headlines LFA 124 in February

Former UFC flyweight contender Jussier Formiga has finally booked his first fight since leaving the promotion in November 2020.

Formiga is set to headline the upcoming LFA 124 event in Phoenix, AZ against fellow Brazilian Felipe Bunes, the company has announced. The February 11 card features Windson Ramos vs. Clayton Carpenter in the co-main event slot.

Arguably the No. 1 flyweight in the world before the UFC introduced the division in 2011, Formiga (23-8) went 9-7 inside the octagon and scored big wins over the current UFC and Bellator champions Deiveson Figueiredo and Sergio Pettis, respectively.

Formiga was let go by the UFC after losing three straight to Joseph Benavidez, Brandon Moreno and Alex Perez, and admitted he “never really felt valued” by the company.

Bunes (11-5), who fights Pitbull Brothers in Natal and is currently training with Henry Cejudo in Arizona, is making his first appearance under the LFA banner after signing Mikael Silander in his last ACA fight last September. Seven of his 11 pro wins have come via armbar, including a flying armbar submission on his ACA debut in 2018.

Ramos (4-1, 1 NC) is victorious in his last four, while opponent Carpenter (5-0) will seek his fourth LFA win. The 25-year-old has won his last two fights in a combined time of 58 seconds.