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Rivera: Garbrandt Should Lose His Spot For Stalling

Note to up-and-coming fighters: stop wasting time working your way up the ladder by doing stupid things like winning fights and building your brand.

Instead, try soliciting some of the major players in the UFC front office, because it’s not who you know, it’s who you … well, you get the idea. That’s according to top bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera, who takes issue with the way former champion, Cody Garbrandt, “earned” his title shot.

“Cody was the seventh-ranked guy that got lucky and sucked somebody’s d—k or something like that and got a f—king shot,” Rivera told “Inside The Cage” on BJPenn.com. “He ended up beating [Dominick] Cruz who can’t box and became champ. He defended his belt and lost it right away to Dillashaw, then he fought for it again and lost to TJ and they were quick finishes. So, I don’t think he’s one of the best fighters out there. I think he’s in the way and him not wanting to fight until next year, I think he should lose his spot.”

Rivera is sour because Garbrandt is sitting on the sidelines until 2019, a timeout designed to help his recovery from lingering injuries, which means “El Terror” can take a different fight, or ride the pine until “No Love” is good and ready.

That might be easier said than done, as the waters remain stagnant at 135 pounds with champion TJ Dillashaw dropping to flyweight for a Henry Cejudo showdown, while Marlon Moraes and Raphael Assuncao run it back for the next crack at the crown.

Until UFC matchmakers come up with something better, check out the rest of the bantamweight Top 10 right here to see some of Rivera’s other options.

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UFC 228 Primer: All Aboard the Jimmie Rivera Train, Part Deux

Things were going great for Jimmie Rivera. He’d won all five of his UFC bouts, beating the likes of Urijah Faber and Thomas Almeida, and the fact that it had been nine years since his last loss meant that the dude had all the momentum of a runaway freight train.

Then came his fight against Marlon Moraes, and the 33-second knockout via head-kick that derailed the Rivera train in pretty definitive fashion.

But! Rivera is back in action at UFC 228, taking on John Dodson, and this could be a chance for the locomotive to pull out of the station and start chugging along again.

Since we know Rivera has the skills to beat Dodson, the only real question here is how the loss to Moraes has affected him. Because nothing can make a fighter gun shy like a KO, and boy did Rivera take it on the noggin’.

Will Rivera be too cautious to pull the trigger? Or will his desire to get back on track translate into him rolling over all who dare appear in his path?

Ponder this while watching this clip of Rivera in action.

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UFC 228 Primer: All Aboard the Jimmie Rivera Train, Part Deux

Things were going great for Jimmie Rivera. He’d won all five of his UFC bouts, beating the likes of Urijah Faber and Thomas Almeida, and the fact that it had been nine years since his last loss meant that the dude had all the momentum of a runaway freight train.

Then came his fight against Marlon Moraes, and the 33-second knockout via head-kick that derailed the Rivera train in pretty definitive fashion.

But! Rivera is back in action at UFC 228, taking on John Dodson, and this could be a chance for the locomotive to pull out of the station and start chugging along again.

Since we know Rivera has the skills to beat Dodson, the only real question here is how the loss to Moraes has affected him. Because nothing can make a fighter gun shy like a KO, and boy did Rivera take it on the noggin’.

Will Rivera be too cautious to pull the trigger? Or will his desire to get back on track translate into him rolling over all who dare appear in his path?

Ponder this while watching this clip of Rivera in action.

The post UFC 228 Primer: All Aboard the Jimmie Rivera Train, Part Deux appeared first on Caged Insider.

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UFC 228 Primer: All Aboard the Jimmie Rivera Train, Part Deux

Things were going great for Jimmie Rivera. He’d won all five of his UFC bouts, beating the likes of Urijah Faber and Thomas Almeida, and the fact that it had been nine years since his last loss meant that the dude had all the momentum of a runaway freight train.

Then came his fight against Marlon Moraes, and the 33-second knockout via head-kick that derailed the Rivera train in pretty definitive fashion.

But! Rivera is back in action at UFC 228, taking on John Dodson, and this could be a chance for the locomotive to pull out of the station and start chugging along again.

Since we know Rivera has the skills to beat Dodson, the only real question here is how the loss to Moraes has affected him. Because nothing can make a fighter gun shy like a KO, and boy did Rivera take it on the noggin’.

Will Rivera be too cautious to pull the trigger? Or will his desire to get back on track translate into him rolling over all who dare appear in his path?

Ponder this while watching this clip of Rivera in action.

The post UFC 228 Primer: All Aboard the Jimmie Rivera Train, Part Deux appeared first on Caged Insider.

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UFC Fight Night Utica Medical Suspensions: Jimmie Rivera Gets 3 Months After KO Defeat

Jimmie Rivera has received a 90-day medical suspension following UFC Fight Night 131 this past Friday.
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UFC Fight Night 131 Results: Marlon Moraes Knocks Out Jimmie Rivera

Marlon Moraes dominated the World Series of Fighting thanks to his killer Muay Thai and ace jiu-jitsu. Of course, it helped that he was fighting utter tomato cans, and when he transitioned to the UFC, he promptly lost to Rafael Assuncao by decision.

But he got back on track, and in his last outing he wrecked Aljamain Sterling, knocking out the rising star with a knee to the dome.

Since then, he and his manager talked a ton of smack about Jimmie Rivera, until Rivera agreed to fight him.

Rivera has been slowly but surely climbing up the rankings, taking out the likes of Urijah Faber and Thomas Almeida with an unwavering counter-striking game and a ton of toughness. The Team Tiger Schulmann star wanted former champ Dominick Cruz next, but with Moraes running his mouth…

They come out, stand just within range, and it takes about 30 seconds for Moraes to plant a high-kick upside Rivera’s head. Rivera drops, Moraes pounces, and it’s all over.

UFC Fight Night 131 Results: Marlon Moraes Knocks Out Jimmie Rivera

Marlon Moraes dominated the World Series of Fighting thanks to his killer Muay Thai and ace jiu-jitsu. Of course, it helped that he was fighting utter tomato cans, and when he transitioned to the UFC, he promptly lost to Rafael Assuncao by decision.

But he got back on track, and in his last outing he wrecked Aljamain Sterling, knocking out the rising star with a knee to the dome.

Since then, he and his manager talked a ton of smack about Jimmie Rivera, until Rivera agreed to fight him.

Rivera has been slowly but surely climbing up the rankings, taking out the likes of Urijah Faber and Thomas Almeida with an unwavering counter-striking game and a ton of toughness. The Team Tiger Schulmann star wanted former champ Dominick Cruz next, but with Moraes running his mouth…

They come out, stand just within range, and it takes about 30 seconds for Moraes to plant a high-kick upside Rivera’s head. Rivera drops, Moraes pounces, and it’s all over.

UFC Fight Night 131 Results: Marlon Moraes Knocks Out Jimmie Rivera

Marlon Moraes dominated the World Series of Fighting thanks to his killer Muay Thai and ace jiu-jitsu. Of course, it helped that he was fighting utter tomato cans, and when he transitioned to the UFC, he promptly lost to Rafael Assuncao by decision.

But he got back on track, and in his last outing he wrecked Aljamain Sterling, knocking out the rising star with a knee to the dome.

Since then, he and his manager talked a ton of smack about Jimmie Rivera, until Rivera agreed to fight him.

Rivera has been slowly but surely climbing up the rankings, taking out the likes of Urijah Faber and Thomas Almeida with an unwavering counter-striking game and a ton of toughness. The Team Tiger Schulmann star wanted former champ Dominick Cruz next, but with Moraes running his mouth…

They come out, stand just within range, and it takes about 30 seconds for Moraes to plant a high-kick upside Rivera’s head. Rivera drops, Moraes pounces, and it’s all over.

UFC Fight Night 131 Results: Marlon Moraes Knocks Out Jimmie Rivera

Marlon Moraes dominated the World Series of Fighting thanks to his killer Muay Thai and ace jiu-jitsu. Of course, it helped that he was fighting utter tomato cans, and when he transitioned to the UFC, he promptly lost to Rafael Assuncao by decision.

But he got back on track, and in his last outing he wrecked Aljamain Sterling, knocking out the rising star with a knee to the dome.

Since then, he and his manager talked a ton of smack about Jimmie Rivera, until Rivera agreed to fight him.

Rivera has been slowly but surely climbing up the rankings, taking out the likes of Urijah Faber and Thomas Almeida with an unwavering counter-striking game and a ton of toughness. The Team Tiger Schulmann star wanted former champ Dominick Cruz next, but with Moraes running his mouth…

They come out, stand just within range, and it takes about 30 seconds for Moraes to plant a high-kick upside Rivera’s head. Rivera drops, Moraes pounces, and it’s all over.

UFC Fight Night 131 ‘Rivera vs. Moraes’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

Sherdog’s live UFC Fight Night 131 coverage kicks off Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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