UFC Fight Island 1: Jimmie Rivera Outscores Cody Stamann
Jimmie Rivera got back on track tonight at UFC Fight Island 1, by working his way to a pivotal win over Cody Stamann.
Rivera came out and winged in a thumping leg kick right out of the gate. Rivera pressured early and Stamann looked to counter. Mid round, Stamann slipped to the deck but moments later, he reversed the position and pushed Rivera to the fence.
As Rivera stood to his feet, Stamann started working with the foot stomps. Both men fired off some kicks and combos before the first frame ended.
Stamann shot in for the takedown immediately and briefly took Rivera down. The latter worked his way into reversal and in turn, briefly had Stamann down. The bantamweight contenders worked their way off the fence and started firing strikes. Stamann scored with a nice jab right before the round ended, and Rivera countered with a left hook.
Rivera came out pressuring again, but not long in, Stamann countered with a TD attempt. Rivera defended and pushed Stamann to the cage. Not much happened in the clinch, and the fight returned to the center of the cage. Rivera continued to move forward and remained the busier of the two.
Stamann shot in again but Rivera defended, and moments later he threatened with a guillotine choke. Both men winged big hooks in the final minute. Rivera scored with a nice hook before the final horn.
This fight is likely going to Rivera.
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‘El Terror’ was indeed, announced as the winner via unanimous decision.
UFC Fight Island 1 results
Here are the results so far for UFC Fight Island 1, which is taking place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Jimmie Rivera def. Cody Stamann via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Taila Santos def. Molly McCann via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mounir Lazzez def. Abdul Razak Alhassan via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Khamzat Chimaev def. John Phillips via submission (d’arce choke) R2, 1:12
Lerone Murphy def. Ricardo Ramos via TKO (punches) R1, 4:18
Modestas Bukauskas def. Andreas Michailidis via TKO (elbows) R1, 5:00
Jared Gordon def. Chris Fishgold via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Liana Jojua def. Diana Belbita via submission (armbar) R1, 2:43
Jack Shore def. Aaron Phillips via submission (rear-naked choke) R2, 2:29