Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been busy announcing fights as of late, and it could be on the verge of booking another pivotal matchup in the men’s Bantamweight division.
According to top 135-pound contender Jimmie Rivera, he and Raphael Assuncao have agree to a showdown. All that’s left is to get the particulars out of the way. For “El Terror,” taking on Assuncao was the next best thing after his countless attempts to score a bout against former division champion, Cody Garbrandt, went unanswered.
While @Cody_Nolove is pouting, my team has spoken with @RaphaAssuncao manager and the @ufc . We both agreed to fight and are waiting on the paperwork to sign to put on a show for the fans. https://t.co/gYPhgJ5KMS— Jimmie Rivera (@JimmieRivera135) November 13, 2018
Unfortunately, I’ve been notified @Cody_Nolove has decide to bitch out and play the hurt card. Right now he is conveniently unavailable to fight until after @DominickCruz next fight. Due to these circumstances, #trashtalktuesday will be on hold while I keep the division moving…While @Cody_Nolove is pouting, my team has spoken with @RaphaAssuncao manager and the @ufc . We both agreed to fight and are waiting on the paperwork to sign to put on a show for the fans.
Rivera is coming off a win over John Dodson at UFC 228 earlier this year, putting him back in the win column after suffering his first loss in nearly a decade in his previous outing to Marlon Moraes.
As for Assuncao, he has long been the forgotten man in the 135-pound division. Despite going 12-2, defeating current champion T.J. Dillashaw and winning 11 of his last 12 UFC fights, the Brazilian bomber has never had the chance to fight for UFC gold.
A win over Rivera may change all of that.