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Jimmy Rivera responds to John Dodson’s UFC callout: ‘He’s scared and likes to run’

MMA: UFC 203-Faber vs Rivera John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Some people call John Dodson’s strategy inside the Octagon as good defense, while others simply call it running.

Whatever the case may be, Jimmie Rivera isn’t all that interested in a showdown against the speedy combatant, as it has all the makings of a boring fight that will eventually get both of them booed out of the arena,

“I just think at the end of the day it would be a boring fight, because he’s just gonna run, people are gonna boo and that’s just the way it is,” Rivera told MMA Fighting.

“The Magician” called out “El Terror” following his win over Eddie Wineland at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville, Tennessee a few weeks ago. But, it really isn’t doing nothing for Jimmie, as he describes John as a “scared” fighter that prefers to run.

“He’s a scared fighter,” Rivera said. “He hits and runs. He doesn’t stand in the pocket. I wasn’t really impressed with his last fight with Wineland. Wineland didn’t really do much, too, which was weird. Wineland was very one-dimensional,” said Jimmie. “I don’t even think Dodson hits that hard. I think people run in. The only thing he’s good at is kind of getting people to run in.”

Feeling like the “dark horse” of the Bantamweight division since he’s feels left out in the cold by the UFC’s marketing machine, even after “fucking up” Urijah Faber, Rivera says he’d rather face a fighter like Thomas Almeida since a title shot won’t be next for him.

And if he had his druthers, he’d like to face the Brazilian at the upcoming UFC on FOX 25 event on July 22, in Long Island, New York.

“I think that’s a nice next step,” Rivera said of fighting Almeida at Nassau Coliseum. “Again, it’s not up to me at all.”

Rivera -- who lives in Brooklyn, New York — is riding a 19 fight win streak including winning all four of his UFC bouts. As for Almeida, he is coming off a win against Alberto Morales, his first win since getting knocked out by current 135-pound champion, Cody Garbrandt.

But, unlike Conor McGregor, Rivera can’t pick his opponents, but says he wants a fight that will get him excited while elevating him to the next level.

“I need a fight that’s worth my while,” Rivera said. “That’s all I ask. I’ve taken every fight the UFC wanted. I need something that’s gonna progress me forward. But I’m not the one in charge.”

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