Following his final struggle within the UFC in February of 2021, it’s been over a 12 months of ready to return to combating for featherweight Jimmie Rivera.
Now after an extended wait, Rivera shifts gears and enters a brand new fight sports activities venue as he drops the gloves and prepares for his upcoming bare-knuckle boxing debut.
“It’s been a tough 12 months with getting fights, however I’ve been coaching, preparing and actually specializing in my boxing,” Rivera advised MMAWeekly.com. “It’s good to only be capable of give attention to one artwork kind moderately than having to give attention to all of the issues you must do whenever you prepare for MMA.”
For Rivera, making the transfer to combating with out gloves comes with a necessity for added precision as lacking the mark may have greater danger of damage.
“It’s important to be extra correct along with your photographs,” stated Rivera. “Particularly in naked knuckle the place there’s no cushion, no forgiveness in the event you mess up a shot. In MMA you must fear about kicks and takedowns, so these are issues you possibly can take away whenever you’re having a naked knuckle struggle.”
On June 24 in Hollywood, Florida, Rivera (0-0 bare-knuckle) makes his promotional debut when he takes on Howard Davis (2-0 bare-knuckle) at BKFC 26 in a most important card 145-pound bout.
“Howard Davis is a tricky opponent,” Rivera stated. “He’s undefeated proper now in naked knuckle. He’s bought attain on me, so I’ve bought to get him the place he’s not snug and get it into my territory.
“I can’t actually say the place the struggle goes to go; if Howard needs to remain within the pocket it might be a really thrilling struggle, or if he performs the lengthy recreation will probably be a extra technical struggle. Whenever you struggle somebody it is determined by how they react (to find out how the struggle will go). All of it is determined by how Howard exhibits up and what his recreation plan is.”
Following an extended layoff, Rivera is trying to make an explosive debut and hopefully have a busier second half of 2022 than a begin.
“Clearly I wish to get a knockout and make a press release, but additionally you’ve bought to be good about it,” stated Rivera. “Typically whenever you brawl you struggle with emotion, and whenever you try this it messes you up and will get in the best way of getting that win.
“I’d wish to get in two extra fights. My entire objective was to get in three or 4 fights this 12 months. I’m off to a tough begin this 12 months. Hopefully after this I can wager a pair extra fights earlier than the 12 months is up.”