Jimmie Rivera Wants to Eliminate Garbrandt & Cruz From UFC Title Contention

Jimmie Rivera wants to ensure that there’s new blood at the top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight ladder. Rivera is on a mission to knock off Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz from their positions in the bantamweight divisio…

Jimmie Rivera wants to ensure that there’s new blood at the top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight ladder. Rivera is on a mission to knock off Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz from their positions in the bantamweight division. For a while now, the 135-pound division has been a three-way dance between champion T.J. […]

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Jimmie Rivera Sets Sights On Two Big Names

Rivera is looking to get fight against a title contender next.

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Jimmie Rivera sets sights on two big names as he continues to get back to his hot streak of consecutive wins.

Former WSOF champion Marlon Moraes was able to finish Rivera by strikes after landing a huge head kick to win the bantamweight headliner at UFC Utica.

This marked Rivera’s first loss since November of 2008 and now holds a pro-MMA record of 21-2. Coming into this headliner, he was on a 20 fight winning streak, but that has been snapped.

Rivera got back to his winning ways when he picked up a decision win over former title contender John Dodson on the main card of the UFC 228 pay-per-view event at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Now, he has made it clear that he wants a fight against either former UFC bantamweight champions Dominick Cruz or Cody Garbrandt.

“Obviously my ideal is always to fight T.J. (Dillashaw for the title),” Rivera told MMAJunkie recently. “I know he might be in the works for a fight, or the Henry (Cejudo) fight might happen. Other than that, Cruz.

He said he was hurt last time; he ducked me. Get in there. I beat (Urijah) Faber and I would love to beat someone else from Team Alpha Male. I would love to fight Cody Garbrandt. I just want to keep moving forward.”

Garbrandt and Cruz currently don’t have their next fights lined up so it’s possible that the UFC can make one of these fights happen.

Garbrandt is coming off a KO loss to UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw at the UFC 227 pay-per-view event. On the flip side, Cruz was expected to return to action last December. However, that was not meant to be as he was forced out of a UFC 219 showdown with Rivera due to a broken arm.

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Jimmie Rivera Eyeing Fights With Dominick Cruz & Cody Garbrandt

Jimmie Rivera is targeting bouts with two former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight title holders. Rivera is coming off a unanimous decision victory over John Dodson at UFC 228. The two competed this past Saturday night (Sept. 8) inside …

Jimmie Rivera is targeting bouts with two former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight title holders. Rivera is coming off a unanimous decision victory over John Dodson at UFC 228. The two competed this past Saturday night (Sept. 8) inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. While the fight was uneventful, “El Terror” was in […]

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Urijah Faber Reveals Why Cody Garbrandt Has Stayed Quiet Since UFC 227 Loss

Faber has sounded off on the former UFC champ.

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Urijah Faber reveals why former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt has been quiet since his last fight that saw him lose.

UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw scored a first round KO victory over Garbrandt in the main event of the UFC 227 pay-per-view event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The finish of the fight at UFC 227 saw Dillashaw land ferocious flurry in the first round following dropping Garbrandt at first with a right hook.

If you recall, their first fight went down at the UFC 217 pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden in New York City in November of 2017 where Dillashaw finished Garbrandt to win back the bantamweight title.

When Garbrandt won the bantamweight title at UFC 207, it set up a rivalry fight for one of the hottest feuds in MMA over the past couple of years, and the two fighters had been jawing at each other publicly since Dillashaw left Alpha Male. However, this feud has been put on ice for the time being.

Faber recently revealed the reason that Garbrandt has stayed quiet since his last fight, which is due to him being a family man right now as well as stay away from the negativity.

“Cody is enjoying being a family man right now,” Faber told MMA Fighting in an interview on Monday. “He was in the gym the other day and he was in good spirits. I know he’s been working out still.”

“This is a mean world, and everyone likes to jump in and kick people when they’re down,” said Faber, who was in town for a media day promoting the Oct. 5 Quintet grappling event. “Cody is someone who wears his heart on his sleeve, there’s no pretenses with him. I don’t know if that has something to do with it, if it was negativity he was paying attention to.”

“I spent some time with Cody directly after the fight,” Faber said. “And I wasn’t necessarily the one that was in the corner for him for that fight, I’ve got some great perspectives for him, I said I’ve been in this a real long time I’ve got some good perspective for you, so, he seems open to that, we’re going to have a conversation about his path forward yet but it just hasn’t happened yet.”

“Cody’s doing really well, he sent me an incredible video of his baby watching TV and he’s in good spirits,” Faber said. “He’s 27 years old and he had a moment where he needs to figure out, what’s my motivation, what’s my dedication, and that’s that.“

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Urijah Faber Sheds Some Light On Cody Garbrandt’s Recent Silence

The former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt has kept an incredibly low profile since his 2nd consecutive KO loss to UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. Of course, with this silence comes speculation in the MMA community, but his trainer and…

The former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt has kept an incredibly low profile since his 2nd consecutive KO loss to UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. Of course, with this silence comes speculation in the MMA community, but his trainer and Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber has reassured fans after speaking to MMA Fighting about […]

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Cody Garbrandt Goes Into Retreat After Second Loss to Find Himself

Cody Garbrandt had never felt the sting of defeat in his professional MMA career prior to dropping the bantamweight championship to T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 217. Garbrandt took defeat hard, but heading into UFC 227, he considered himself wiser and stronge…

Cody Garbrandt had never felt the sting of defeat in his professional MMA career prior to dropping the bantamweight championship to T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 217. Garbrandt took defeat hard, but heading into UFC 227, he considered himself wiser and stronger through that experience: “I learned a lot – that God puts you through these […]

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