Jimmie Rivera
El Terror

USA

Solid effort in Abu Dhabi
BantamweightUFC
July 15, 2020
Rivera defeated Cody Stamann via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It wasn't a dominant effort from Rivera, but it was a strong performance and a fight he clearly deserved to win. Rivera was due to face Marlon Vera in early-February before withdrawing due to a neck injury. He appeared fully recovered on Wednesday. Rivera used his hand and foot speed to rack up a 90-62 edge in total strikes landed. Those numbers likely would have been even more lopsided had Rivera pulled the trigger a bit more frequently. Rivera is a boxer by trade and needs to have confidence in his hands in order to be successful. Still, this was a quality victory over a solid opponent for the New Jersey native.
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Fight with Stamann on tap
BantamweightUFC
July 7, 2020
Rivera (neck) is slated to face Cody Stamann (19-2-1) on July 15 as part of the UFC's event at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rivera (22-4-0) was scratched ahead of a Feb. 8 matchup with Marlon Vera at UFC 247 in Houston due to a neck injury, but he should be fully healthy now after having five months to recover. The bantamweight fighter returns to the Octagon on a downswing, as he's lost three of his last four fights since going 5-0 to begin his UFC career.
Not rushing back from injury
BantamweightUFC
April 30, 2020
Rivera (neck) said Thursday that he isn't yet able to gauge his ability to resume competing, Farah Hannoun and Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com report.
ANALYSIS
Rivera was forced to be scratched from UFC 247 in January due to a neck injury, and he remains in the rehabilitation process. "I've always dealt with [the neck injury]," he said, "but it just kept getting worse and worse and it was good to have some time off." Having lost three of his last four fights, Rivera will no doubt prioritize getting back to full health before looking to return to the octagon and turn things around.
Scratched from UFC 247
BantamweightUFC
January 23, 2020
Rivera will not fight Marlon Vera at UFC 247 in Houston due to injury, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The severity of Rivera's injury remains unknown, but it was evidently bad enough to prevent him from being healthy for the Feb. 8 bout. The UFC will now work to find a replacement on the upcoming card.
Fight in works for UFC 247
BantamweightUFC
December 7, 2019
Rivera has a fight in the works for UFC 247 versus Marlon Vera, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.usatoday.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rivera and Vera nearly had a bantamweight match thirty-two months ago, but the former ended up declining the bout and cited Vera's standing in the division. He has since been on a skid after winning five straight fights to kick off his UFC tenure by losing three of his past four. Most recently he lost a unanimous decision to Petr Yan. He will look to turn things around against Vera should the fight ultimately become official.
Has some moments against Petr Yan
BantamweightUFC
June 8, 2019
Rivera lost to Petr Yan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC 238 on Saturday in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
Rivera had his moments in this fight. He did a lot of solid work with his leg kicks in the first two rounds. He appeared to hurt Yan multiple times with the leg kicks, but it was not enough. Towards the ends of both the first and second rounds, Yan was able to catch Rivera long the cage and knock him down. Rivera did well to stay in the fight, but that easily stole both of the rounds. In the third, Rivera abandoned his kicks, but he did score with his punches. In the end, it was too little too late.