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FRANCISCO RIVERA RUMORS

Francisco Rivera felt like he got pepper sprayed after eye poke incident

When Francisco Rivera got the call to fight Urijah Faber at UFC 182 he knew the odds were stacked against him. Rivera was coming off a decision loss to Takeya Mizugaki from earlier in the year and Faber was unbeaten in non-title fights during a career that spanned more than 35 bouts over 11 years.  Still the power punching Rivera didn't back down from the challenge and after five...
Via Fox Sports
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Francisco Rivera Requires Eye Surgery, Rematch Plans With Urijah Faber On Hold

Earlier this week both Francisco Rivera and Urijah Faber seemed set on the idea of having an immediate rematch following an unfortunate end to their encounter at UFC 181 on Saturday night due to an accidental eye-poke, but it seems those plans will have to be put on hold for now. Rivera had somewhat surprisingly appeared to be getting the better of Faber at the weekend up until a...
Via Fight Of The Night
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Francisco Rivera’s eye needs surgery, rematch with Urijah Faber has uncertain future

Francisco Rivera may have had the opportunity to rectify his controversial UFC 181 defeat to Urijah Faber, but the inadvertent eye poke that Faber ultimately capitalized on for the fight-ending choke did more damage than initially thought. Both Faber and Rivera noted earlier today that they would be interested in a rematch, but Faber’s caveat was for the rematch to happen sooner...
Via Fight Hub TV
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Urijah Faber stops Rivera with eye-poke, choke at UFC 181

LAS VEGAS --- After a round of mostly feints and feeling one another out, former world champ Urijah Faber stunned Francisco Rivera with an accidental eye poke to the face from a left strike, a move that backed up the power puncher against the cage. Faber followed up with powerful knee strikes to the head that dropped "Cisco" to the mat. From there, Faber got to the left side of the...
Via Fox Sports
December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Francisco Rivera: "I don't think anybody can take my best punch"

The words 'UFC jitters' get tossed around quite often for any debuting competitor about to step inside the world famous Octagon for the first time.  It's a nerve-racking experience from the walk out from behind the curtain to the time Bruce Buffer is shouting their name.  But nerves can get to the best fighters in the world as well and Francisco Rivera would be the first one to...
Via Fox Sports
December 05, 2014  |  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...
Via Fight Of The Night
October 16, 2014  |  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...
Via 5thRound.com
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Takeya Mizugaki Defeats Francisco Rivera By Decision At UFC 173

Takeya Mizugaki put in a solid performance against Francisco Rivera tonight at UFC 173, showing a willingness to mix it with him on the feet, while also enjoying long spells of control on the mat. Round One: They exchange early and Rivera lands the most meaningful blow. Mizugaki presses forward with strikes and Rivera tags him with a nice counter. Some close range exchanges here...
Via Fight Of The Night
May 24, 2014  |  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

Francisco Rivera vs Raphael Assuncao in the works for February

According to sources close to both fighters, a bantamweight scrap is in the works for February between Francisco Rivera and Raphael Assuncao. Both sides are awaiting the contracts and it is unclear whether it will be at UFC 169 on Feb. 1 in New Jersey or more likely two weeks later at the UFC Fight Night card featuring Lyoto Machida against Gegard Mousasi in Southern Brazil. Rivera...
Via MMAinterviews
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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