The contest served as the main event of Friday’s LFA 124 event, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix.
While the action was relatively even-keeled in the opening round, Formiga was able to slip to back control late in the frame, where he showed the skillset that made him a dangerous contender throughout his octagon run. Bunes was able to defend and stay safe, but that changed in the second.
Perhaps energized by that late success, Formiga was aggressive from the start in Round 2, and he pressed into a grappling exchange before moving to the back. Once there, Formiga again slipped to the back and locked in a rear-naked choke. Bunes refused to tap, and Formiga continued to squeeze, rendering his opponent unconscious at the 1:53 mark of the second frame.
With the result, Formiga snapped a three-fight losing streak that ended his UFC tenure, as he hopes to book an eventual return to the promotion.
LFA 124 results include:
Jussier Formiga def. Felipe Bunes via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:53
Ahmad Hassanzada def. James Wilson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Waldo Cortes-Acosta def. Derrick Weaver via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:28
Austin Wourms def. Jacobi Jones via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:18
Kasey Tanner def. Tristan Lindi via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:16
An Ho def. Guilherme Crossi via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:23