The UFC has added an exciting matchup between top-10 bantamweights to their “Fight Island” slate.
Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that Jimmie Rivera will face Cody Stamann July 15 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Per sources, the fight will take place at 145 pounds.
Rivera looks to get back on track after dropping back-to-back fights—and three out of four bouts —for the first time in his 26-fight professional career. “El Terror” was arguably a win away from fighting for the UFC bantamweight title before he was finished in the first round by Marlon Moraes in June 2018. Rivera bounced back win a decision win over John Dodson, before losing consecutive decisions to Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan in 2019.
Stamann is unbeaten in his last three fights following his first promotional defeat, a submission loss to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 228. “Spartan” picked up a decision win over Alejandro Perez at UFC 235 before fighting Song Yadong to a majority draw in December. In his most recent appearance, the 30-year-old picked up an emotional win over Brian Kelleher at UFC 250 just days after the untimely death of his younger brother.
The UFC’s July 15 event is headlined by a pivotal featherweight matchup between Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige.