Ode’ Osbourne (9-3, 1 NC) started the night out for the UFC Vegas 18 fight card behind the power of his left cross. Giving up two and a half inches in height and weighing in at 143.5, Osbourne needed to eat to make the minimum weight for the featherweight weight class. After a late pull-out, Osbourne was set up to face Jerome Rivera (10-5) two weight classes above his intended weight division.
Pura Vida BJJ/MMA’s flyweight, Ode’ “The Jamaican Sensation” Osbourne threw one punch that shut the lights out on Rivera. Keeping his hands up and moving in, Osbourne blocked a head-kick by Rivera while simultaneously delivering a thunderous left cross that dropped Rivera to the canvas. Once his backside bounced on the canvas of the octagon, Osbourne leaped on the Luttrell/Yee MMA fighter and connected with several strikes to the head that forced the referee to jump on Osbourne as he ended the fight in the first round, at 0:26.
Osbourne leaves the fight with zero damage and we can expect to see the young UFC flyweight climb back into the octagon soon. “The Jamaican Sensation” is now 1-1 in the UFC since getting signed at his Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series victory.
Official decision: Ode’ Osbourne def. Jerome Rivera via TKO in round one, at 0:26.
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Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).