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Flyweights operating under fans' radar

Originally Published: February 16, 2011
By Josh Gross | ESPN.com

LEMOORE, Calif. -- The night before Nonito Donaire starched Fernando Montiel to seize the Mexican's two 118-pound titles in Las Vegas, mixed martial arts' top-ranked flyweight, Brazilian Jussier da Silva, competed amidst far less fanfare for, quite literally, one-hundredth of the boxer's purse.

Da Silva, a 25-year-old submission specialist who rose to No. 1 at 125 pounds after out-pointing Shooto world world champion Shinichi Kojima in a non-title affair in 2009, won his ...

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