Check out the full fight video highlights of the UFC’s #5 bantamweight Jimmie Rivera waging war with the #9 Thomas Almeida at UFC on FOX 25.
Top bantamweights were on display at UFC on FOX 25 as the #5 Jimmie Rivera and the #9 Thomas Almeida waged war for 15 minutes straight. Rivera drew first blood as he dropped Almeida, not once, but twice in the opening round, but Almeida would recover to find an opening in the second stanza, as he wobbled Rivera with a jarring right hand. Rivera shot in right away, and picked up an authoritative takedown to start the final frame, but Almeida was able to return to his feet. Both bantamweights landed their respective strikes down the stretch, with Rivera scoring a brief takedown towards the end of the round. Rivera went on to earn the unanimous nod, as he moved to 5-0 inside of the UFC.
Check out Tim Burke’s play-by-play of round 1 of Jimmie Rivera vs. Thomas Almeida:
Round 1 – Almeida with an inside leg kick. Now the outside. Two more to the inside lf the lead leg. Rivera finally kicks back. They trade leg kicks and they both landed rights – Almeida to the head, Rivera to the body. Rivera dropped Almeida with a right hook! Almeida clinched up. Rivera’s mouthpiece fell out and they reset in the middle. Rivera looks for a takedown and landed a few more shots. Almeida goes back to kicking the legs. Rivera with a nice combo. More leg kicks from both men. Almeida kicked the body, so Rivera did too. They trade in the pocket. Rivera dropped him with a right again! He popped up and Rivera cracked him with a body kick. Jabs from Almeida. Almeida land a left. 10-8 Rivera.
Watch Jimmie Rivera drop Thomas Almeida with a cracking left hook:
One to the body. One to the head. Jimmie Rivera strikes quick, but great recovery by Thomas Almeida. #UFCLongIsland https://t.co/R2hjng8jZg
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