Jerome Rivera
The Renegade


Set to face Zhumagulov on July 10
March 24, 2021
Rivera will fight Zhalgas Zhumagulov at UFC 264 on July 10, MMA DNA reports.
Rivera is still searching for his first UFC victory after losing to Ode Osbourne via KO (punch) in Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 6. Zhumagulov will also be looking to capture his first UFC win, as the flyweight previously lost to Amir Albazi at UFC 257 on Jan. 23.
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Still searching for first UFC win
February 6, 2021
Rivera lost to Ode Osbourne via KO (punch) at 0:26 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Rivera is now 0-3 in the UFC. The most impressive aspect of all is the fact each of his three losses have come in different weight classes. Saturday's setback came at 145 pounds. He attempted a high kick which came nowhere close to finding it's mark, and Osbourne responded with a straight left hand that ended Rivera's evening almost immediately. Rivera won't turn 26 years of age until late-April, but it's going to be nearly impossible for the company to run him out there again. There just isn't much to work with here.
Facing Osbourne at featherweight
February 2, 2021
Rivera will fight Ode Osbourne in a featherweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Saturday.
The pair were originally slated to face off in a flyweight bout Jan. 20, but Rivera ended up facing Francisco Figueiredo instead and losing via unanimous decision. Osbourne hasn't been in the Octagon since January 2020, when he lost to Brian Kelleher via submission. It'll be a quick shift to featherweight for Rivera, since he'll be less than three weeks removed from the flyweight loss to Figueiredo.
Late charge not enough
January 20, 2021
Rivera lost to Francisco Figueiredo via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Island 8 on Wednesday.
Rivera was taken down around the midway point of Round 1, but being a massive flyweight (5-foot-10), he was able to use his length to keep his guard up and limit Figueiredo's ground-and-pound. This will be a strength moving forward, as you can see the potential for him to generate offense off his back. He again found himself with his back to the mat in Round 2, and while he was able to connect with some elbows, it's still not a position you want to be in for too long. Rivera was able to get back to the feet with two minutes left, and he even had Figueiredo pressed up against the cage a bit, where he connected with a few foot stomps. Still, he likely entered the third in need of a finish. While his corner pleaded with him to work, Rivera was neutralized by Figueiredo initiating and holding clinch situations. There was time for Rivera to generate a late flurry in which he connected several times, but he foolishly held on to a headlock that slowed his momentum and got things back to a neutral position. Despite the loss, Rivera is a uniquely long flyweight at the age of just 25, so there's plenty of time to improve his Fight IQ and hone his overall skillset.
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.
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.