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Just Scrap Radio Ep. 83 with Jimmie Rivera, Chris Curtis, Danny Sabatello, Christos Giagos, Mario Bautista, and Vanessa Demopoulos

Cole Shelton - June 21, 2022

The 83rd episode of Just Scrap Radio on BJPENN.com with host Cole Shelton is live ahead of UFC Vegas 57, BKFC 26 and Bellator 282.

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Demian Maia and Jimmie Rivera are no longer under contract with the UFC

Harry Kettle - August 24, 2021

Demian Maia and Jimmie Rivera are reportedly no longer under contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Both men have had solid stints in the promotion with Rivera being a former bantamweight contender and Maia challenging for both the middleweight and welterweight titles, often being recognized as one of the most elite submission artists of his generation.

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Marlon Vera says Dominick Cruz and Jimmie Rivera declined to fight him, interested in Urijah Faber

Adam D Martin - July 27, 2021

UFC bantamweight contender Marlon Vera said that Dominick Cruz and Jimmie Rivera declined to fight him, and he is interested in Urijah Faber. Vera took to his social media this week to say that Cruz declined to fight him, this coming a few weeks after Vera publicly called him out. With Vera ranked No. 13 at 135lbs and with Cruz at No. 9, “The Dominator” has said that he only wants to fight up in competition, so even though Vera would be a great fight, you can understand why Cruz wants a top-10 foe.


Jimmie Rivera explains why he wants to "beat the sh*t" out of Urijah Faber

Adam Martin - February 8, 2021

UFC bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera explained why he wants to “beat the sh*t” out of his former opponent and rival Urijah Faber. Rivera and Faber first met back at UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem in September 2016. In a fight that marked his first true coming-out party in the UFC, Rivera won a unanimous decision over the legend Faber that night. However, he suffered a nasty eye poke during the fight and was also the victim of a low blow. Although that fight was five years ago, Rivera still holds a grudge, and of course, there is only one way to settle the score: a rematch between the two veterans.

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Marlon Vera believes he made Sean O'Malley "quit" at UFC 252, wants Jimmie Rivera next

Cole Shelton - August 19, 2020

Marlon Vera had no doubt in his mind he would be the first person to beat Sean O’Malley. In the co-main event of UFC 252, O’Malley was looking to remain undefeated against Vera. It was an intriguing matchup with many pundits thinking it would be “Sugar” getting his hand raised.

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Jimmie Rivera on Petr Yan winning UFC bantamweight title: “It irks me”

Harry Kettle - July 17, 2020

UFC bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera has given his thoughts on Petr Yan capturing the UFC Bantamweight Championship at UFC 251. Rivera made a return to winning ways on Wednesday night when he beat Cody Stamann in a short notice featherweight showdown on Fight Island. While the 31-year-old did admit that the win wasn’t his best performance, it did help him break a two-fight losing streak – with one of those defeats coming against the aforementioned Yan at UFC 238 in June 2019.

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Jimmie Rivera claims Frankie Edgar turned him down for Fight Island matchup: "Frankie said no"

Adam Martin - July 9, 2020

UFC bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera says that Frankie Edgar turned down a short-notice matchup against him for a Fight Island card next week. Edgar was set to fight Pedro Munhoz at UFC on ESPN 12: Kattar vs. Ige, but the fight was scrapped when Munhoz tested positive for COVID-19. Immediately, fighters such as Rivera, Chito Vera, and Ricky Simon all raised their hands up on social media by saying they would take the fight but so far no replacement opponent for Edgar has been announced. It’s unknown at this point whether or not Edgar will remain on the card going forward.

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UFC 238 results: Petr Yan defeats Jimmie Rivera (highlights)

Tom Taylor - June 8, 2019

In the first of two bantamweight bouts on the UFC 238 main card, New Jersey’s Jimmie Rivera looked to slow the meteoric rise of Russia’s Petr Yan. “No Mercy” Yan entered the fight with a 12-1 overall record, and a solid 4-0 mark in the UFC. In his last fight, he picked up the biggest win of his career, outpointing former flyweight title challenger John Dodson for an impressive decision triumph.

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Report | Jimmie Rivera vs Aljamain Sterling added to UFC Phoenix

Drake Riggs - December 11, 2018

With the current champion at 135-pounds TJ Dillashaw dropping down to flyweight in the hopes of claiming a second title, his division must stay active until he returns. And that’s just what they’ll be doing as AZCentral’s Greg Moore has reported that a top 10 bantamweight collision between Jimmie ‘El Terror’ Rivera and Aljamain ‘Funkmaster’ Sterling is on for UFC Phoenix on February 17. This card is the first UFC card to be televised on the ESPN channel.

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EXCLUSIVE | Jimmie Rivera calls out Cody Garbrandt for refusing to fight

Mike Pendleton - December 3, 2018

Jimmie Rivera is looking for a fight, but he can’t seem to find a willing opponent. As current UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw prepares to fight Henry Cejudo for the flyweight title at UFC 233, Rivera has been angling for a fight with former champion Cody Garbrandt.

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After losing out on Cody Garbrandt fight, Jimmie Rivera and Raphael Assuncao agree to fight

Drake Riggs - November 13, 2018

Since UFC 227, there hasn’t been a whole lot going on atop the UFC’s stacked bantamweight division. But that looks to be changing very soon. With the recent announcements of Dominick Cruz’ return at UFC 233 vs John Lineker along with champion TJ Dillashaw going down to challenge for Henry Cejudo’s flyweight title, the division remains feeling held up.

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Jimmie Rivera tells 'head case' Cody Garbrandt to 'grab his balls out of Urijah Faber's purse' and get the division moving again

Drake Riggs - October 18, 2018

The 135-pound bantamweight division is one of the most talent-rich divisions in all of MMA. But currently, it feels like it’s at a bit of a standstill. Despite the myriad of options when it comes to next challengers for the champion TJ Dillashaw, it seems fairly possible that his next bout could be coming against the flyweight champion Henry Cejudo. Which in the meantime would call for some movement to be made at the top of 135.

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EXCLUSIVE | Jimmie Rivera hopes to team up with Aljamain Sterling to end the Dillashaw-Cruz-Garbrandt dynasty

Tom Taylor - September 27, 2018

The UFC bantamweight division is ruled by three men, all of whom have worn the divisional belt in the last few years. One is TJ Dillashaw, the reigning champion. The second is former champion Dominick Cruz, who is the last man to defeat Dillashaw. The other is former champion Cody Garbrandt, who ended Cruz’s title reign, but had his own reign ended by Dillashaw. Given their ability and the way they match up with each other, it’s conceivable that Dillashaw, Cruz and Garbrandt could battle at the top of the bantamweight division for years, swapping the title every few fights. Jimmie Rivera is hoping he can stop that from happening.

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BJPENN.COM Radio Ep. 99 // Jimmie Rivera | Javier Mendez

Jason Kindschy - September 26, 2018

BJPENN.COM Radio is back, Penn Nation!

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After defeat of John Dodson, Jimmie Rivera calls out Dominick Cruz, Cody Garbrandt

Tom Taylor - September 12, 2018

Last weekend, on the main card of the action-packed UFC 228 card in Dallas, Texas, Jimmie Rivera rebounded from a tough knockout loss to Marlon Moraes with an impressive decision defeat of John Dodson. Unsurprisingly, the bantamweight contender is excited to have returned to winning ways.

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UFC 228 Results: Jimmie Rivera defeats John Dodson

Chris Taylor - September 8, 2018

A bantamweight fight featuring perennial division contenders John Dodson and Jimmie Rivera took place on tonight’s UFC 228 main card from Dallas, Texas. John Dodson (20-9 MMA) enters tonight’s contest having alternated wins and losses over his past six bouts. Dodson’s most recent appearance came at March’s UFC 222 event in Las Vegas where he earned a split-decision victory over Pedro Munhoz.

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Jimmie Rivera explains back-stage confrontation with Marlon Moraes's manager

Tom Taylor - June 3, 2018

On Friday night, the UFC touched down in Utica, New York with an exciting night of fights. In the main event, streaking bantamweight contenders Jimmie Rivera and Marlon Moraes collided in a fight that was widely expected to produce the division’s next title challenger. Unfortunately for Rivera and his fans, this one went to Moraes — and decisively so. Just 33 seconds into the first round, Moraes ended things with a crushing head-kick KO.

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Jimmie Rivera issues statement following KO loss to Marlon Moraes

Chris Taylor - June 2, 2018

Jimmie Rivera was riding a huge wave of momentum heading into last night’s UFC Fight Night 131 event in Utica. The 28-year-old entered his event headlining contest with Marlon Moraes on the heels of a sensational twenty-fight win streak, which included recent decision victories over Thomas Almeida and Urijah Faber.