A middleweight bout between Octagon veteran Jorge Rivera (22-4) and grappling stud Rob Kimmons (22-4) is expected to take place at UFC 104 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 24, MMAmania.com has learned.
"El Conqistador" has fallen on hard times over the past year. After a first round submission loss to Martin Kampmann at UFC 85: "Bedlam" back in June 2008, he was blindsided with the sudden and tragic death of his 17-year-old daughter.
Rivera — a UFC veteran who was also a former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 4 — notched a big knockout win over Kendall Grove at UFC 80: "Rapid Fire" earlier in 2008. He’s also got a technical knockout win over Edwin DeWees and a knockout loss to Terry Martin since his most recent return to the organization.
It’s safe to say that Rivera is consistently inconsistent — he has been unable to string together consecutive wins in nine attempts with the UFC. The good news for him is that he was able to get back into the win column against Nissen Osterneck at Fight Night 18 last April.
Kimmons was successful in his debut for the promotion, submitting Rob Yundt with a guillotine choke at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 Finale back in June. After falling to wrestling ace Dan Miller at Fight Night 15, he quickly rebounded with a "Submission of the Night" win over Joe Vedepo at Fight Night 18.
"The Rosedal Reaper" has been all over the place throughout his five-year professional career, competing for organizations such as International Fighting Organization (IFO), American Bushido, Titan Fighting Championships (TFC) and Victory Fighting Championships (VFC), among others.
The Kansas City-bred fighter has now won five of his last six bouts -- all by first round submission.
UFC 104 will feature a main event between UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida and challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez have also been rumored to meet to determine the UFC number one heavyweight contender.
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