Jerome Rivera
The Renegade


Targeting January fight
December 3, 2020
Updating a previous report, it now appears the UFC is targeting a matchup between Rivera and newcomer Francisco Figueiredo for an event scheduled for Jan. 20 in Abu Dhabi, Ana HIssa of Combate reports.
After dropping his official UFC debut in September, Rivera had initially been targeted for a matchup against Ode Osbourne earlier in January. While no official word of a cancellation came down, it appears the UFC is heading in another direction its a planned return trip to Fight Island. Rivera will now draw a former Jungle Fights champion in Figueiredo, who happens to be the brother of current UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo.
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Books fight with Ode Osbourne
October 26, 2020
Rivera (10-3-0) is slated to face Ode Osbourne (8-3-0, 1 NC) in a flyweight fight at the UFC's Jan. 30 event, Simon Head of USA Today reports.
Rivera will be back in the Octagon for the first time since September, when he suffered a second-round TKO loss to Tyson Nam. Osbourne, who has most recently fought in the bantamweight division, will have to cut weight as he makes his flyweight debut.
Not competitive in UFC debut
September 19, 2020
Rivera lost to Tyson Nam via TKO (punches) at 0:34 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Clearly a step behind Nam in his UFC debut, Rivera was let down by his striking defense. He attempted to generate some offense of his own, but his constant inability to avoid everything Nam threw back his way was his ultimate downfall. Rivera earned his UFC opportunity with a victory on Dana White's Contender Series just last month. Rivera is just 25 years old but has never beaten anyone of note, and his entire MMA career prior to Saturday was spent on the regional circuit. There isn't much here.
Slated to make UFC debut
September 13, 2020
Rivera is expected to take on Tyson Nam in a flyweight matchup at UFC Vegas 11 on Sept. 19, reports.
Rivera secured a spot under the UFC banner when he defeated Luis Rodriguez via unanimous decision at Dana White's Contender Series in early August, and he now carries a three-fight win streak. Nam earned his first win with the promotion in June when he defeated Zarrukh Adashev via KO (punches). Rivera has advantages in both height and reach.