Back to back action continues for MMA fans as #4 ranked bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera takes on #5 ranked Marlon Moraes at Fight Night 131 in Utica, New York.
The rivalry between Rivera and Moraes makes this an interesting main event. According to Rivera, he never cared much about Moraes hence Moraes is making a big deal out of it.
“The whole thing with the rivalry, I think it came where they offered me to fight him when he was 1-1 and I said no, he’s got to win some fights. I’m 4-0 in the UFC at the time, why would I fight him? It doesn’t make sense. It could have been that, the fact that I turned him down because he wasn’t a worthy opponent,” Rivera told MMAWeekly.
“The fact that maybe I said he came from World Series of Fighting and World Series of Fighting’s not even around anymore and he got a top five guy [Raphael Assuncao] in his debut where as I fought in almost every promotion and I held belts in three promotions — King of the Cage, Ring of Combat and CFC — I won them, defended them and vacated them and I didn’t get a top five guy. I had to work up the ladder to get in the top 15 and that was a b–ch to do. So it could have been that, that he wasn’t worthy enough to get a top five guy.”
“One of the reasons I took this fight is his manager will hide behind his fighters but I’m going to go in there and whoop his fighter’s ass. All that animosity has been helping me train for this fight and I’m looking forward to fighting him,” Rivera said.
“I don’t have any respect for him and especially who he has that manages him. No respect as a fighter. That’s even why when we got up there at the press conference, he was saying something and I couldn’t understand him cause he always mumbles his words. I’m going to go in there fight and do what I have to do.”
Rivera promises to put up the best possible performance and pave his way towards a title shot.
“Trash talking, I don’t even pay attention to it,” Rivera said. “At the end of the day, I’ve got a fight to train for and a business to run. That’s all that matters to me.”