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Ex-UFC fighter Jimmie Rivera says higher pay, versatile contracts attracted him to BKFC

Ex-UFC fighter Jimmie Rivera says higher pay, versatile contracts attracted him to BKFC


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Jimmie Rivera’s transfer to Bareknuckle Preventing Championship was a straightforward one to make.

The previous UFC bantamweight contender discovered two main issues interesting when deciding the place to go following his departure from the UFC in August 2021. Rivera, who’s set to debut for BKFC on Friday in opposition to Howard Davis, appreciated the pay and contract flexibility that got here with the promotion.

“Dave (Feldman) is doing a fantastic job. He’s bringing some massive stars in and the paychecks are what fighters wish to receives a commission, in order that’s a fantastic plus,”


Rivera instructed MMA Junkie. “On the identical time, we now have the leniency, too. I can do bareknuckle, however I can nonetheless do MMA and I haven’t stopped for MMA.

“I’m wanting ahead to getting one other MMA struggle in hopefully someday this 12 months, relying on the result of this struggle right here, relying on whether or not he desires me to come back again and struggle once more, and my well being, and the way I really feel after this struggle, too. However I positively wish to get an MMA struggle in, and I believe I’d keep at 145 in MMA.

“We’ll see what occurs. We are able to do a one-off with Bellator, PFL, simply do one thing and get in there and compete. I didn’t retire from MMA, I simply modified promotion. I’ve the leniency that I can do each.”

Rivera, who competed for the UFC from 2015 to 2021, says the pay at BKFC is larger than what he noticed within the UFC. Nevertheless, he’s not ruling out a return to the UFC and would take a possibility to return.

“It was greater than what I used to be making within the UFC,” Rivera mentioned. “With being a free agent and with the ability to discover just a few locations, I imply, it took a while. We had different issues there. We additionally have been making an attempt to see if PFL was going to open a 135 weight class and a grand prix for $1 million – that’s actually good at 135. Why not? However they didn’t determine to go that route.

“The paycheck they’re providing in bareknuckle is greater than the UFC. I didn’t burn any bridges with the UFC, and the explanation that I didn’t burn any bridges is as a result of if I wish to return, I wish to return. I’m not going to sh*t speak. It was a fantastic run with the UFC. I’d find yourself again there in the future, I may not. I had enjoyable the six, seven years I used to be there. It was nice competitors. It was enjoyable.”

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