The Weight Cutting Chronicles: UFC Fight Island 1

Jimmie Rivera UFC Utica Marlon Moraes
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Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera (22-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC)

Bantamweight (135lbs):  6-3 (UFC)

Featherweight (145lbs): 0-0 (UFC), Making his UFC debut on July 15th

Jimmie Rivera is a long time member of the UFC bantamweight division’s Top 10. ‘El Terror’ began his UFC career with a 5 fight win streak at 135lbs against high-level competition. But in the last two years, the 31-year-old Rivera has hit a rough patch losing 3 of his last 4 fights.  All of the losses during that couple year stretch were against top tier bantamweight competition, and his last fight a little over a year ago at UFC 238, was against now UFC bantamweight champion, Petr Yan.

At 5’4″  Rivera might give up some height but his 68.5″ arms are more than formidable for the featherweight division. On July 15th Rivera makes his debut at featherweight and does what so many fighters have done in the past to successfully rejuvenate and re-amp their UFC career.