UFC bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera has given his thoughts on Petr Yan capturing the UFC Bantamweight Championship at UFC 251.
Rivera manufactured a return to profitable means on Wednesday evening when he beat Cody Stamann in a limited recognize featherweight showdown on Fight Island. Even though the 31-year-outdated did confess that the gain wasn’t his greatest overall performance, it did aid him split a two-combat losing streak – with a person of those defeats coming in opposition to the aforementioned Yan at UFC 238 in June 2019.
In the course of the put up-battle push meeting, Rivera built it obvious that there is anything about having Yan as winner that just does not sit correct with him.
“It irks me,” Rivera stated (via MMA Junkie). “It bothers me. I’m not expressing I do not like that he’s champion. I really like it. He did an amazing job towards (Jose) Aldo, it is just I arrived really near to successful that struggle and I uncovered – I had a tricky lesson uncovered of coasting at the stop of the 1st and second round. I realized I was up in the spherical, I realized I dominated in the very last 30 seconds of each and every the very first and second I coasted, and I didn’t make that exact same mistake tonight when I fought Cody Stamann. I was in the there combating the whole time centered, eyes on the prize.”
No one can deny that Jimmie Rivera is an elite-level athlete, but given how stacked the division is appropriate now, it does not appear as if he’s heading to be contending for the title at any time quickly.
Prior to his struggle versus Stamann, Rivera disclosed that there was essentially chat of a bout between him and Frankie Edgar at bantamweight right before the 145-pound struggle with Stamann was officially booked.
“I received a call for a substitute from my supervisor Monday, and then at the exact same time, I read that Frankie’s opponent Pedro dropped out so I set my title in for that, and however, Frankie reported no. So Cody Stamann was the other human being, I said, ‘Alright, I’ll just take that combat, and they mentioned, ‘Ok, no challenge,’ and I said, ‘Perfect.’ It just ended up doing the job out like that,” Rivera stated.
“I was likely to combat Frankie at 135. I assume Cody required it at 145, he’s a 135er battling at 145 so which is wonderful with me. That usually means I just really do not have to slash that much pounds,” Rivera explained.