Jimmie Rivera does it on short notice
The action continues on “Fight Island” as UFC on ESPN 13 kicks off tonight, Wednesday, July 13.
Just four days removed from UFC 251, the promotion returns to the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
The event is headlined by ranked featherweights Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige. A flyweight matchup between Ryan Benoit and Tim Elliott will serve as the co-main event.
In one of the final additions to the card, bantamweights Jimmie Rivera and Cody Stamann meet at 145 pounds.
After more than a year away from the octagon, Rivera returns after winning one of his last four bouts. He most recently suffered a unanimous decision loss to now-champion Petr Yan at UFC 238 in June 2019.
Stamann is unbeaten in his last three fights. He is fresh off a unanimous decision win against Brian Kelleher at UFC 250 on June 6. The win came a week after his 18-year-old brother, Jacob, passed away unexpectedly.
Here is how the bantamweight bout between Jimmie Rivera and Cody Stamann went down at UFC on ESPN 13, including round-by-round scoring. For full results of the event, check them out right here.
The two come out. Rivera lands a leg kick, but Stamann counters with a right hand. Both men taking their time, feeling each other out. Stamann lands a leg kick. Rivera is backing Stamann up. Rivera lands a hook to the body, followed by a right hand up top. Stamann comes in and Rivera lands a leg kick. Stamann lets his hands go and comes forward after Rivera stumbles. Rivera is able to secure a takedown. Rivera lands knees to the thighs of Stamann against the cage. Stamann ducks under and shoots for a takedown of his own. Rivera able to use his hand to hoist him up. Rivera gets to his feet. Stamann starts to stomp on the toes of Rivera. Stamann is right behind Stamann on his back. The referee separates the two and they are back on their feet. Staman comes in and Rivera counters. Rivera keeps backing up Stamann, throwing a right hook. Round ends with Stamann on the outside while Rivers stays centered.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Rivera
Stamann shoots for the takedown immediately. Stamann able to get Rivera down, but Rivera gets to his feet quickly. Stamann stays locked to the back of Rivera, pushing him against the cage. Rivera tries to land some shots from behind. Stamann continues to pressure Rivera against the cage. Rivera counters and scores a takedown of his own. Stamann begins to work up. Rivera looks for a rear-naked choke, but quickly bails on it. Rivera stays glued to the leg and continues to push Stamann against the cage. Stamaan turns and is now pressing Rivera against the cage. Rivera splits and lands a right as Stamann backs up. Stamann lands a jab, but Rivera counters with a looping right. Rivera goes to the body, but takes a knee to the body from Stamann. Rivera lands a loud inside leg kick. Stamann lands a stiff jab and circles out. Rivera lands another leg kick, finding a home for it. Rivera is getting the better of the exchanges. Rivera lands a one, two combination, but takes a knee from Stamann. Round ends with Rivera landing a short-left hand.
MyMMANews.com scores it 20-18 for Rivera
The two tap gloves for the final time. Rivera misses with a head kick. Stamann shoots in on the legs again. Rivera defends, but Stamann presses Rivera against the cage. Rivera reverses the position and lands a right knee to the thigh. Stamann is able to slip out. Rivera misses the jab. Stamann with a head kick, but Rivera blocks with his right arm. Stamann misses on the left hook. Rivera with a outside leg kick. Stamann shoots again, but Rivera able to defend again. Stamann presses Rivera against the cage. Stamann continues to work in on the leg. Rivera sinks in a guillotine while Stamann stays in on the leg. Rivera gives it up, Stamann stays in on leg. Rivera escapes and lets a right hand go. Rivera is putting his combinations together. Stamann counters with a right hand. Round ends with Rivera catching Stamann.