Urijah Faber has long been a top guy in the lighter divisions, and though championship gold has eluded him, he’s well-known for crushing it in the non-title bouts. Jimmie Rivera has been slowly working his way up the rankings, and with a flawless record in the Octagon, has earned a step up in competition. Who takes this one?
Faber wastes no time throwing kicks to draw Rivera out, but Rivera is stoic as he stands in counter range, and more than once the youngster scores with that right hand. Still, Faber scores with single punches and single kicks as well, so the game of inches is on, with either man trying to get the other to make a mistake.
Round 2 opens with Faber inadvertently kicking his opponent in the junk, and after a brief pause, Rivera lands a leg-kick that causes Faber to fall. From then on “The California Kid” limping and clearly injured, and subsequent kicks to that chink in his armor have Faber pausing and, at times, struggling to find his footing. Rivera is winning this one.
Faber is stepping gingerly on his leg, and that just provides a Rivera with a target. But the tempo changes when Faber pokes him in the eye pretty badly, and while Rivera tells the doctor he’s okay, the rest of the round has him throwing less and scoring less.
Results: Jimmie Rivera def. Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision