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UFC KO artist Francisco Rivera gets violent style from tough upbringing

Francisco Rivera reserves his violence for the cage. The UFC bantamweight knockout artist grew up in a tough area of Buena Park, Calif., rife with gangs. Rivera's mother worked two jobs and he helped take care of his older sister and younger brother. Rivera had his own caretaker -- someone who was in a gang himself and didn’t want that life for him. "My older cousin would...
Via Fox Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Urijah Faber Vs Francisco Rivera Lined Up For UFC 181

Earlier this week we reported that potential opponents for Urijah Faber were running low, but the UFC have managed to rustle him up a new one in the shape of Francisco Rivera who he’ll now fight at UFC 181 in December. Faber is coming off a third round submission victory over Alex Caceras at UFC 175 in July, his first fight since losing out for a second time to Renan Barao in his...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Urijah Faber meets Francisco Rivera at loaded UFC 181 in Las Vegas

UFC 181 just added another big name and former champion. Urijah Faber, one of the most popular lighter weight fighters in the history of MMA, will meet Francisco Rivera at UFC 181 on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas, the UFC announced Wednesday night via its Latin American Twitter account. Faber (31-7) is coming off a third-round submission victory over Alex Caceres at UFC 175 in July. He has...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Urijah Faber Fights Francisco Rivera at UFC 181

On Wednesday, a bantamweight brawl between Urijah Faber (pictured) and Francisco Rivera was added to the UFC 181 roster. The UFC announced the scrap via Twitter. December 6 event takes place inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Faber is victorious in five of his last six scraps. His lone blemish during his current came against then-bantamweight champion Renan Barao...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Raphael Assuncao vs Francisco Rivera latest bout added to UFC 170

Following two straight knockouts in the UFC, Francisco Rivera will get a chance to prove if he's a top ten fighter or not as he takes on No. 4 ranked bantamweight Raphael Assuncao at UFC 170 in February. UFC officials announced the fight on Wednesday. Rivera (10-2, 1 NC)was cut from the UFC after a 2011 loss to Reuben Duran at The Ultimate Fighter 13 finale, but just two fights...
Via Fox Sports
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

UFC 156 Facebook Prelim Results: Rivera, Kimura finish off their opponents in impressive fashion

The UFC 156 prelims got under way just after 7 p.m. eastern time. 4 fighters would play to a virtually empty Las Vegas crowd who are likely not in any hurry to make their way to the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The Vegas fans, as always, will file in and start to fill up the seats mid way through the card. Fight City has that internal clock that knows when the big fights begin. Unfortunately...
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February 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Matt Riddle and Francisco Rivera Wins Overturned After Failed UFC 149 Drug Tests

The Calgary Combative Sports Commission, the governing body who sanctioned UFC 149 inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Canada, has overturned the victories Matt Riddle (Pictured) and Francisco Rivera earned in the event to no contests after both athletes failed their post-fight drug tests. Riddle initially collected an impressive submission win over Chris Clements, while Rivera knocked...
October 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Dustin Pague replaces injured Francisco Rivera, faces Ken Stone at UFC on FX 4

Fresh off a win last week, Dustin “The Disciple” Pague will jump right back to action against Ken Stone at UFC on FX 4 on Friday, June 22nd. Pague (11-5) will serve as an injury replacement for Francisco Rivera as he looks for his second win in as many weeks. He defeated Jared Papazian by rear-naked choke submission in the first round at UFC on FX 3. Pague has now won six of...
Via MMA Interplay
June 15, 2012  |  Discuss

UFC on FUEL TV preliminary bouts

Alex Soto vs. Francisco Rivera Round 1 This bantamweight contest kicks off the preliminary action, as Rivera finds himself in the blue corner, Soto in the red. Rivera presses forward early, landing an uppercut. Soto is staying on the outside, but lands a kick. Nice head kick from Soto, but Rivera lands a right hook that floors Soto. Soto gets the fight down briefly, but Rivera...
Via Fox Sports
May 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Francisco Rivera “Once I hit Alex Soto he will Panic and try for a takedown,” talks UFC On Fuel TV matchup

This Tuesday at UFC On Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier, Bantamweight Francisco Rivera gets his comeback wish as he returns to the UFC after being cut almost one year ago. Rivera suffered back to back losses to Erik Koch and Rueban Duran and found himself fighting his way back up to the big show. [...]
Via Fight Hub TV
May 14, 2012  |  Discuss

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