Jimmie Rivera was able to defend his bantamweight title at the 42nd Ring of Combat which was held in Atlantic City, N.J., USA. And aside from the Rivera versus Roberts fight, there were also four title fights.
Rivera managed to retain his belt via unanimous decision with a score of 30 -27, 30-27 and 29 – 28. When the veteran fighter was interviewed after the fight, these were all he could say: “he was trying to get me down.” Rivera was interviewed by Sherdog.com and he added: “He was trying to grapple me the whole time. I was just not letting him turn it in. I wanted to beat him up against the cage, take his legs away and get him a little tired. I noticed when he started getting tired, but I didn’t trust my hands enough.”
Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera is a native of Brooklyn, New York, USA. He has an impressive 10 wins and only 1 loss in his fight card. His win over Roberts is the ninth consecutive win of his career; his only defeat was in the hands of Jason McLean in ROC 22 in November 2008 via split decision. Rivera has been one of the strongest fighter in the industry defeating strong contenders like Justin Hickey, Jared Papazian, Abel Cullum, Carlos David Oliveira and Claudio Ledesma to name a few.
Joel Roberts on the other hand is a bantamweight from Palmerton, Pennsylvania, USA. He has 7 wins and 4 losses in his career. His loss to Jimmie Rivera was to end a five consecutive win from fighters like Brylan Van Artsdalen, Bret Thomas, Scott Heckman, Bobby Gorham and recently James Cianci at the PA Cage Fight 12 in May. He submitted Cianci using a rear-naked choke in just 4 minutes of round 1.
Other featured fights that night was a light heavyweight match between Ed Gordon and Anton Talamantes where the latter won thanks to his strong background in wrestling. He took down Gordon and earned the light heavyweight belt through a unanimous decision. When Rico Talamantes, brother and corner man of Anton, was interviewed after the fight he mentioned: “When I watched the tape on Ed Gordon he was predominantly a standup fighter. That’s it. He had some counter wrestling, but with my brother’s wrestling I knew he’s take him down. Once he gets on top he’s very hard to get up from.” On the other hand, Gordon’s trainer Ray Longo is not really worried about his fighter’s first loss.