Rivera Plans To Fight Until Age 35

Some things are inevitable, like father time. Jimmie Rivera realizes this, and is looking to take full advantage of the rest of his MMA career.

Speaking with Bloody Elbow regarding his career, which dates back to 2008, Rivera (22-4) discussed the timeline in which he believes he has. Fighting since he was 19, the New Jersey native believes he has a lot of gas left in the tank.

“I knew I always wanted to take it as far as I could, I never thought I’d get this far,” Rivera stated. There is a lot I still have left. The plan is to fight till 34 or 35. I still have a couple of years to go,” said Rivera, 30. “It’s really more of a mental aspect than anything to see who you really are as a person. What you can really do.”

At 30, Rivera has fought a who’s who of the best MMA has to offer. In the UFC he has fought Pedro Munhoz and Urijah Faber, and his last four fights have included the following: Marlon Moraes, Josh Dodson, Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan. In those fights he is 1-3, his last fight against Yan at UFC 238 ending via unanimous decision. He was knocked down a few times in the later rounds despite doing fairly well in the opening rounds. His confidence shot up, knowing that if an opportunity rose again, he would love to have a rematch with the surging bantamweight.

“Yan is a tough S.O.B. and I think if I ever had the chance to take a rematch with him I wouldn’t turn it down,” Rivera went on to say.

Rivera, ranked eighth in the UFC bantamweight rankings, was scheduled to fight Marlon Vera at UFC 247 before pulling out with an injury. He will now observe on the sidelines as the bantamweight division takes shape. With a plethora of fighters waiting to get a title shot, there are a number of possibilities that can take place. That is especially true with a healthy Henry Cejudo ready to return.

“It’s kind of interesting to see what happens with the division because supposedly Aldo and Henry Cejudo are going to fight maybe (in) May,” said Rivera. “I’m very interested to see where that leaves Cody Sandhagen and Petr Yan and if Sandhagen and Yan are going to fight,” he added. “I’m not sure where the divisions going right now, I’m just happy it’s moving.”

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