After Marlon Moraes drama, Jimmie Rivera apparently throws in towel on UFC 219
Jimmie Rivera apparently won’t get a last-minute opponent for Saturday’s UFC 219 event, after all.
Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), who’s No. 5 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, lost two opponents – former champion Dominick Cruz (22-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and then John Lineker (30-8 MMA, 11-3 UFC) – but ventured to Las Vegas anyway for this weekend’s year-end blockbuster.
However, after some contentious back-and-forth on Christmas Day (with Rivera apparently even willing to move up 10 pounds for a fight at featherweight), the holiday hangover included some bad news: Rivera apparently won’t fight at UFC 219, where he was scheduled for a pay-per-view main-card bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Rivera summed up his totally miserable week on late Christmas Day (via Twitter):
For now, he’s got his sights set on the division’s elite: champ T.J. Dillashaw and former titleholders Cruz and Cody Garbrandt (via Twitter):
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