Fighting Out Of: Ramsey, New Jersey (USA)
Jimmie Rivera is an American Mixed Martial Artist fighting in the UFC’s Bantamweight division. At only 28 years of age, Rivera is currently the owner of one of the most impressive win streaks in the sport — putting together twenty consecutive wins against some of the top Bantamweights in the world, including Uriah Faber, Pedro Munhoz, and Thomas Almeida.
On June 1st, Rivera will be facing the toughest opponent of his career when he takes on Marlon Moraes in the main event of UFC Fight Night 131. The fight will be a pivotal moment in Rivera’s career as it is not only his first UFC main event but will also likely function as an unofficial number one contender’s fight. The matchup between Rivera and Moraes is one of the most intriguing on the UFC calendar and will likely result in one of the best fights of the year.
What was the fight or moment in particular that let you know you could fight at a high level?
“The first moment was when I got to train with Faber and TJ Dillashaw I thought these guys were way above my league but I was able to handle and dominate. That was a big turning point in my career.”
What is the fight that you are most proud of?
“Beating Urijah Faber”
If you could give your 18 year old self one piece of advice, what would it be?
“Don’t be stupid. Think before acting.”
Is there a technique that you feel is being criminally under used / trained in the sport today?
“Not really, everyone has their own style that makes them unique.”
Who is someone that you have trained with that has ‘blown you away’ or impressed you consistently, more than anyone else?
“My teammates. All of them. They push me and I push them and that makes us better in the octagon and in the outside world”
Who is someone who inspires you?
“Georges St Pierre. He wasn’t the most talented but a very hard worker and accomplished a lot.”
What is a book that you recommend everyone reads? If you aren’t a big reader insert documentary or podcast etc?
“I recently watched the ‘Notorious’ movie and was very interesting to see how the UFC dealt with other fighters. Also how his mentality was and how he progressed to do very well in his life.”