Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight bruisers Urijah Faber and Jimmie Rivera went to war last night (Sept. 10, 2016) at UFC 203 inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Faber may not really be in the title mix anymore, but he remains one of the best in the world and a damn tough match up for most. Opposite Jimmie Rivera, Faber was hoping to bounce back from a loss and cement his position at the top of the division. On the other hand, Rivera has been running through regional fighters for some time, and he finally got his chance in the UFC not long ago. He put together three straight wins quickly, and last night he had the opportunity to become a true contender.
Faber came out and controlled the center of the Octagon, looking to land long range kicks. However, he had a difficult time finding his range, and his early attempts at takedowns were shut down. Rivera didn’t throw all that much throughout the round, but he threw fast combinations when Faber did commit to trying to close the distance a bit. On the whole, he played the counter striker well, landing the better blows in most exchanges.
It was fairly close, but Rivera largely controlled the opening frame.
Things really picked up for Rivera in the second round. About a minute into the round, he landed a really devastating low kick that dropped Faber to the mat and seemed to injure the veteran. For the rest of the round, Rivera really controlled the exchanges. His punches weren’t too damaging, but he continued to work on the lead leg. Additionally, his counter punches were making Faber hesitate a bit more, allowing him to land at a higher percentage.
Heading into the third round, Faber needed a finish.
The third round was really more ….View full article
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