Jimmie Rivera reveals the post-fight chat with Marlon Moraes: Beef was never about you

UTICA, NY – Jimmie Rivera is in a good mood after suffering his first loss in almost a decade on Friday at UFC Fight Night 131.

Rivera (22-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) entered the event, which was held at Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, NY, and aired on FS1 after the preliminaries on FS1 and UFC Fight Pbad, on a remarkable run of 20 consecutive wins. It all came down in just 33 seconds, however, when he was caught by Marlon Moraes (21-5-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) who established the knockout.

It seemed as if Rivera was on the cusp of a fight for the rooster title before the fight. The result is a hard pill to swallow, but Rivera said he will not let the loss define him in the future.

"I'm thinking about going back to training and getting ready for the next fight," Moraes told reporters, including MMAjunkie, after his defeat. "You always fall off the horse, that's what you do afterwards … It's just riding and trying again, I'm going back to the drawing board, go back to work and do my next fight online."

There was some tension between Rivera and Moraes at UFC Fight Night 131. Rivera said repeatedly that his problem was not with Moraes, but with his manager, Ali Abdelaziz. According to Rivera, Abdelaziz said some unflattering comments about his wife during an interaction at a UFC event, and it had not sat well with him since.

After the paralysis occurred in the main event, Rivera approached Moraes and shared some words. He said none of that was hostile, and gave his opponent accessories for his victory.

"I told him: 'It was never you,'" Rivera said. "It was always his manager who was very disrespectful, the hat is for him, he got a shot, he got a good kick, that's what it is, it's part of the sport."

Rivera has not tasted defeat for a long time, and said the feeling is not good. He said he wants to return to the octagon as soon as possible, but believes that his wife will force him to rest a bit before accepting another fight.

In any case, the loss served as motivation for Rivera, he said. He learned that there are still flaws in his game, and wants to return to the gym as soon as possible to fix them.

"It was a good kick in the head, he caught me with a good punch, the hat is for him, I'm coming back to start training again and get ready for the next fight."

For full coverage of UFC Fight Night 131, see the UFC Events section of the site.


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