Ulysses Gomez isn’t fighting Jussier da Silva at UFC 153, but he’s willing

Ulysses Gomez (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) hasn’t signed with the UFC, and he’s not fighting fellow flyweight Jussier da Silva (14-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 153 in Brazil.

The former Tachi Palace Fighting flyweight champion and recent TPF bantamweight titleholder today joined MMAjunkie.com Radio(www.mmajunkie.com/radio) and addressed reports of the rumored fight.

“I can confirm the fight isn’t happening,” he said. “It kind of snowballed, but my manager, Jason House of Iridium Sports Agency, let (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby know if they need someone, I’ll take it.”

In a recent video, da Silva announced he has signed with the UFC. The world’s former No. 1 flyweight, whose only career loss came to Ian McCall in early 2011, is riding a five-fight win streak and adds significant depth to the organization’s new flyweight division. But Gomez said a recent tweet in which he said he would fight “Formiga” was taken to mean he is fighting him.

“I felt kind of like a douche bag saying it’s not true,” Gomez, who fights under the “Useless” nickname, said. “But yeah, it’s not true.”

Gomez most recently won the Tachi bantamweight belt from Cody Gibson. The December victory marked his seventh in his past eight fights, and the lone defeat came to Darrell Montague.

Gomez obviously wants to be in the UFC. He said that desire became even stronger when he recently attended the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas and walked around almost completely unnoticed by fans.

But he hopes a long-awaited UFC debut doesn’t come against da Silva if and when he signs.

“I would fight him,” Gomez said. “He’s not my first choice, but I’d fight him. We’re friends.

“He’s really hard to dislike. He’s really nice. He’s not one of those guys with mohawks and tattoos and everything. He’s got a family. He’s a good guy.”

As for Gomez, he’s simply waiting and hoping for a call from the UFC. After all, as a top lighter-weight fighter, it can be a tough business outside the UFC.

“Everyone says I’m one fight away from the UFC,” he said. “But it’s been hard to book that fight.”

For more on UFC 153, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

on Jul 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm ET