The black belt in karate Jimmie Rivera entered this fight with a pro record of 22-2-0 (27% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.6 bantamweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is TJ Dillashaw). He fought twice last year losing to Marlon Moraes (Jimmie Rivera vs Marlon Moraes) and beating John Dodson (John Dodson vs Jimmie Rivera).
His opponent, Aljamain Sterling, has an official mma record of 16-3-0 (56% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.7 in the same weight class. He was also defeated by Marlon Moraes (at the end of 2017 Aljamain Sterling vs Marlon Moraes) but then he has won over Brett Johns (Brett Johns vs Aljamain Sterling) and Cody Stamann (Aljamain Sterling vs Cody Stamann). Rivera vs Sterling is on the undercard of Francis Ngannou vs Cain Velasquez – UFC on ESPN 1. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: UFC on ESPN 1: Ngannou vs. Velasquez
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Division: bantamweight (135 lbs, 61 kg)
UFC on ESPN 1 fight card (main fights):
Francis Ngannou vs Cain Velasquez
Paul Felder vs James Vick
Cynthia Calvillo vs Cortney Casey
Kron Gracie vs Alex Caceres
Vicente Luque vs Bryan Barberena
Myles Jury vs Andre Fili
Jimmie Rivera vs Aljamain Sterling
Rivera’s previous fight: John Dodson vs Jimmie Rivera
Sterling’s previous fight:Aljamain Sterling vs Cody Stamann
Rivera’s next fight: Petr Yan vs Jimmie Rivera
Sterling’s next fight: Aljamain Sterling vs Pedro Munhoz
Rivera vs Sterling Fight Video:
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