Things were going great for Jimmie Rivera. He’d won all five of his UFC bouts, beating the likes of Urijah Faber and Thomas Almeida, and the fact that it had been nine years since his last loss meant that the dude had all the momentum of a runaway freight train.
Then came his fight against Marlon Moraes, and the 33-second knockout via head-kick that derailed the Rivera train in pretty definitive fashion.
But! Rivera is back in action at UFC 228, taking on John Dodson, and this could be a chance for the locomotive to pull out of the station and start chugging along again.
Since we know Rivera has the skills to beat Dodson, the only real question here is how the loss to Moraes has affected him. Because nothing can make a fighter gun shy like a KO, and boy did Rivera take it on the noggin’.
Will Rivera be too cautious to pull the trigger? Or will his desire to get back on track translate into him rolling over all who dare appear in his path?
Ponder this while watching this clip of Rivera in action.