Jimmie Rivera

El Terror

USA

Chopped down in defeat
BantamweightUFC
February 27, 2021
Rivera lost to Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Clearly Rivera's training camp didn't include enough practice on checking leg kicks. It would have been nice to see what Jimmie could have done in this fight with a pair of working lower limbs, but Munhoz targeted his lead leg early and often in Round 1, and it left Rivera seriously compromised for the remainder of the fight. Quite honestly, Rivera deserves credit for seeing the final bell considering the shape he was in. Rivera has extremely fast hands and is an excellent boxer, but his offense is rather one-dimensional, and that dimension is difficult to execute on one leg. Rivera is questionably one of the better bantamweights on the UFC roster, but you are what your record says you are in this sport, and Rivera's record shows 1-3 in his past four fights dating back to February 2019. To say the New Jersey native needs a victory his next time out would be a massive understatement. On the bright side, he'll walk away from this one with a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus.
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Munhoz fight rescheduled
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February 16, 2021
Rivera's scheduled bantamweight matchup against Pedro Munhoz has been moved to Feb. 27, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Most recently scheduled for the pay-per-view portion of UFC 258 on Feb. 13, the matchup will ultimately get pushed back two weeks in what is effectively the fourth time this fight has been rescheduled. Rivera had been listed as approximately a (-145) betting favorite for this matchup before it was called off during fight week.
More movement for Munhoz match
BantamweightUFC
February 9, 2021
Rivera's upcoming Saturday fight against Pedro Munhoz will be moved to a new date, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The matchup has gone through quite a journey already, as it was originally set for Jan. 30 before moving to Jan. 20 and then to Feb. 13. The two fighters will hope that the fourth time's the charm, though exactly when they'll get the chance to finally fight remains unclear.
Another calendar shuffle
BantamweightUFC
January 7, 2021
Rivera's scheduled bantamweight matchup against Pedro Munhoz has now been moved to Feb. 13, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Originally scheduled for the now-cancelled Jan. 30 card, this will be the second time this matchup of ranked 135-pounders has been moved. Rivera is listed as a (-135) betting favorite as of the date of this announcement.
Upcoming match moved up
BantamweightUFC
December 22, 2020
Rivera's upcoming bantamweight matchup against Pedro Munhoz was moved up to Jan. 20, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
The fight joins three others in moving up 10 days from Jan. 30. All will take place on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Rivera is listed as a (-155) betting favorite as of early-January.
Set for Pedro Munhoz rematch
BantamweightUFC
November 21, 2020
Rivera will take on Pedro Munhoz on Jan. 30, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rivera will be looking to defeat Munhoz for the second time, as he beat him narrowly by split decision back in November of 2015. That match was part of Rivera's five-fight winning streak that kicked off his UFC career, though he's won just two of his fights since then. He's at least coming off a victory, having beaten Cody Stammann unanimous decision in July. Munhoz is in the middle of a rough patch himself, having suffered consecutive losses against Aljamain Sterling and Frankie Edgar.