Francisco Rivera (fighter)

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Francisco Rivera
Born (1981-10-08) October 8, 1981 (age 33)
Whittier, California, USA
Other names Cisco
Residence Buena Park, California, USA
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Featherweight (formerly)
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Buena Park, California, USA
Team United Mixed Martial Arts
Years active 2008-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 11
By knockout 8
By decision 3
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 1
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Francisco Rivera Jr. (born October 8, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist. He fights as a bantamweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of August 17, 2015, he is #12 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings.[2] Rivera is known for his heavy hands and wild fighting style.


Rivera graduated from Buena Park High School where he excelled in football[3] eventually playing for Orange Coast College, until his foot was broken.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Rivera made his WEC debut replacing an injured Josh Grispi against Erik Koch at WEC 52.[5] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, most WEC fighters were transferred into the UFC.[6]

Rivera was expected to drop to Bantamweight and face Takeya Mizugaki on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[7] However, Rivera was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Reuben Duran.[8]

Rivera faced Reuben Duran on June 4, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.[9] He lost the fight via submission in the third round and was subsequently released from the promotion.

Return to the UFC[edit]

Following two emphatic first round stoppages on the regional circuit, Rivera was re-signed by the UFC to face Alex Soto on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier, replacing Azamat Gashimov who was removed from the bout.[10] Rivera won the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).[11]

Rivera was expected to replace Edwin Figueroa against Ken Stone on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4.[12] However, Rivera was forced out of the bout with an injury an replaced by Dustin Pague.[13]

Rivera faced Roland Delorme on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149.[14] Rivera defeated Delorme via first round KO. However, Rivera later failed his post-fight drug test for an over-the-counter stimulant and the win was overturned to a No Contest.[15]

After being clipped twice in the first round, Rivera rallied to defeat Edwin Figueroa on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 in the second round, staggering him before getting a TKO stoppage.[16][17]

Rivera was expected to face Hugo Viana on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7.[18] However, Rivera was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by T.J. Dillashaw.[19]

Rivera was expected to face George Roop on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166.[20] However, the pairing was shifted to November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 31.[21] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[22]

Rivera was expected to face Raphael Assunção at UFC 170.[23] However, Rivera was forced out of the bout due to injury.[24]

Rivera faced Takeya Mizugaki on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173.[25] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[26]

Rivera faced Urijah Faber on December 6, 2014 at UFC 181.[27] Rivera lost the fight via second round submission. However, the ending was controversial as Faber stunned Rivera with an eyepoke during a standup exchange. The eyepoke went unnoticed by the referee, but immediately preceded the fight ending submission.[28] Rivera's management team indicated that they planned to appeal the result in hopes that it would be changed to a no contest, and hoped that the UFC could schedule a rematch with Faber.[29] Ultimately, the NSAC upheld the result of a submission victory for Faber.[30]

Rivera faced Alex Caceres on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68.[31] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[32]

Rivera is expected to face John Lineker on September 5, 2015 at UFC 191.[33]

Championships and achievements[edit]

  • Sherdog
    • 2012 All-Violence First Team[34]
    • 2013 All-Violence Third Team[35]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–4 Alex Caceres KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson June 6, 2015 1 0:21 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Loss 11–4 Urijah Faber Submission (bulldog choke) UFC 181 December 6, 2014 2 1:34 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–3 Takeya Mizugaki Decision (unanimous) UFC 173 May 24, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–2 George Roop TKO (punches) UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 November 6, 2013 2 2:20 Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States
Win 10–2 Edwin Figueroa TKO (punches) UFC 156 February 2, 2013 2 4:20 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–2 Roland Delorme KO (punches) UFC 149 July 21, 2012 1 4:19 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 8–2 Alex Soto Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier May 15, 2012 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 7–2 Antonio Duarte KO (punches) Tachi Palace Fights 12 March 9, 2012 1 1:15 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 6–2 Brad McDonald KO (punches) Tachi Palace Fights 11 December 2, 2011 1 0:40 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 5–2 Reuben Duran Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale June 4, 2011 3 1:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Bantamweight debut
Loss 5–1 Erik Koch TKO (head kick and punches) WEC 52 November 11, 2010 1 1:36 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Fernando Bernstein TKO (punches) Called Out MMA 2 January 24, 2010 1 0:30 Ontario, California, United States
Win 4–0 Aaron Arana Decision (majority) Called Out MMA 1 August 15, 2009 3 5:00 Ontario, California, United States
Win 3–0 Johnny Gomez Decision (unanimous) Call To Arms 1 May 16, 2009 3 5:00 Ontario, California, United States
Win 2–0 Chris Drumm KO (punches) California Xtreme Fighting October 30, 2008 1 0:46 El Monte, California, United States
Win 1–0 Ray Cox KO (punches) CXF: Uprising in Upland June 14, 2008 1 0:52 Upland, California, United States

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Boetsch vs. Henderson". Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  3. ^ "Francisco Rivera Buena Park Alum". Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ "Francisco R. OCC Alum". Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ "Erik Koch to Stay on WEC 52 Card, Face Newcomer Francisco Rivera". 2010-11-03. 
  6. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". October 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Takeya Mizugaki Faces Francisco Rivera at UFC on Versus 3 March 3". 2010-12-17. 
  8. ^ "Newcomer Reuben Duran signs on to face Takeya Mizugaki at UFC on Versus 3". February 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Reuben Duran vs. Francisco Rivera slotted for The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale". March 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Francisco Rivera replaces Azamat Gashimov, faces Alex Soto at UFC on FUEL TV 3". May 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 3 results: Francisco Rivera outpowers Alex Soto, earns decision win". May 5, 2012. 
  12. ^ Martin, Damon (June 6, 2012). "Francisco Rivera vs. Ken Stone Set for UFC on FX 4". 
  13. ^ "Dustin Pague in for injured Francisco Rivera meets Ken Stone at UFC on FX 4". June 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Roland Delorme vs. Francisco Rivera slated for UFC 149 in Calgary". June 19, 2012. 
  15. ^ "UFC 149 wins for Riddle, Rivera overturned to no contests after positive drug tests". October 20, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Edwin Figueroa-Francisco Rivera booked for UFC 156 in February". December 12, 2012. 
  17. ^ Tim Burke (2013-02-02). "UFC 156 results: Francisco Rivera stops Edwin Figueroa late in the second round". Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  18. ^ Ken Pishna (March 5, 2013). "Francisco Rivera and Hugo Viana Agree to UFC on Fox 7 Bantamweight Battle". 
  19. ^ Matt Erickson (2013-03-22). "T.J. Dillashaw replaces Francisco Rivera, meets Hugo Viana at UFC on FOX 7". Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  20. ^ Staff (August 4, 2013). "George Roop vs. Francisco Rivera joins stacked UFC 166 lineup". Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  21. ^ Staff (2013-08-23). "Rivera vs. Roop to UFC Fight Night 31". Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  22. ^ Steven Marrocco (2013-11-06). "UFC Fight Night 31 results, photos: Francisco Rivera swarms, stops George Roop". Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  23. ^ Matt Erickson. "Raphael Assuncao meets Francisco Rivera at UFC 170 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  24. ^ "Broken hand knocks Francisco Rivera from UFC 170 fight with Raphael Assuncao". February 3, 2014. 
  25. ^ John Morgan (2014-03-28). "Francisco Rivera steps in to fight Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 173". Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  26. ^ Steven Marrocco (2014-05-24). "UFC 173 results, photos: Takeya Mizugaki tops Francisco Rivera in slugfest". Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  27. ^ Staff (2014-10-15). "Urijah Faber meets Francisco Rivera at UFC 181 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2014-10-15. 
  28. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2014-12-07). "Urijah Faber wasn’t initially aware eye poke led to victory over Rivera at UFC 181". Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  29. ^ Marc Raimondi (2014-12-07). "Francisco Rivera will appeal submission loss to Urijah Faber due to eye poke". Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  30. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-02-17). "NSAC upholds UFC 181's Urijah Faber vs. Francisco Rivera result despite eye-poke". Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  31. ^ Damon Martin (2015-04-14). "Francisco Rivera vs. Alex Caceres joins UFC Fight Night in New Orleans". Retrieved 2015-04-14. 
  32. ^ Damon Martin (2015-06-06). "Francisco Rivera needs just 21 seconds to finish Alex Caceres". Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  33. ^ Staff (2015-07-15). "Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson II headlines UFC 191 on September 5 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
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