Jimmie Rivera is ... shall we say ... a little ticked off?
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight contender was expecting to fight former 135-pound champion Dominick Cruz at UFC 219, but the oft-injured “Dominator” got hurt (pretty badly) and had to withdraw.
What followed was a replacement match with John Lineker, but “Teeth of Stone” also bowed out, which led to a contentious game of contract tag with Marlon Moraes. While Rivera eventually got the fight he wanted — kinda/sorta — the process left him with a bad taste in his mouth.
From his conversation with BJPenn.com Radio:
“I think Cruz and (Bryan) Caraway are fuckin’ pussies. I tore my MCL, beginning of November. I rehabbed it for two weeks, you know what I mean, it wasn’t a huge tear that had to get surgery. It was a grade two tear, but I rehabbed it and got back, and I still took the the fight with fuckin’ Lineker. You know, I actually had the Cruz fight, and then [Cruz backed out] and I was like, ‘oh I don’t know…’ Then, you know, they gave me a better contract [to fight] Lineker, so we said, ‘fuck it, let’s do the fight. My knee’s feeling better anyways so let’s do it.’ But, there was a couple weeks that I had to slow down. I couldn’t go full force, because I was rehabbing my knee. Obviously, now it’s back [to full health], but still, people make excuses. People are weak. I mean, this generation coming up is really fuckin’ weak-minded.”
Must be all that running.
Rivera and Moraes will settle their grudge match at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 131 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, scheduled for June 1, 2018 inside Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, New York.
See that fight card here.
“El Terror” (21-1) is undefeated under the UFC banner, landing at No. 4 in the official rankings (see them here) after wins over Urijah Faber and Thomas Almeida, just to name a few. “Magic” (20-5-1) — ranked No. 5 — came up short in his Octagon debut opposite top contender Raphael Assuncao, but rebounded with consecutive wins over John Dodson and Aljamain Sterling.
Early predictions on this headlining affair?