3. Is Jimmie Rivera An Elite Bantamweight?
Staring across the Octagon at Faber on Saturday night will be Jimmie Rivera, he of the 19-1 professional record. Since arriving in the Octagon, Rivera has gone 3-0, most recently
Since arriving in the Octagon, Rivera has gone 3-0, most recently decisioning the dangerous Iuri Alcantara at UFC on FOX 18 in January. Currently on an 18-fight winning streak, Rivera spent a large part of his career taking decisions over his opponents. However, he rode two knockouts into his UFC debut, and he earned another there as well against Marcus Brimage at UFC Fight Night 66.
The Team Tiger Schulmann rep has frustrated opponents with his smooth boxing and stout takedown defense. He will be facing his toughest test yet when he locks horns with Faber on the main card of UFC 203. Will Rivera be able to stay upright and put hands on the crafty veteran? Or will Faber’s top-shelf experience and innate scrambling ability enable him to put Rivera in uncomfortable spots and defeat the bantamweight prospect?