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Not long after his first loss in nine years, Jimmie Rivera was already talking about his next fight.
“I’m thinking about going back to training again and getting ready for the next fight,” Rivera told MMAjunkie following his knockout loss to Marlon Moraes earlier this month. “That’s it. You always get knocked down off the horse. It’s about what you do afterwards. And me and from Tiger Schulmann and my discipline, just get back on and try again.
“I’m just going to go back to the drawing board, get back working again and get my next fight in line.”
He meant every word.
Rivera (21-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is set to meet John Dodson (20-9 MMA, 9-4 UFC) in a bantamweight bout at UFC 228. Dodson’s team, Jackson Wink MMA, confirmed the booking on Instagram following an initial report by MMAFighting.com.
UFC 228 is scheduled for Sept. 8, though officials have yet to announce a location.
Rivera, 28, essentially is fighting as soon as possible after he received a 90-day medical suspension following his head-kick knockout loss to Moraes in just 33 seconds on June 1 at UFC Fight Night 131. The result snapped a 20-fight winning streak for Rivera, which included a 5-0 start to his UFC run.
Dodson, 28, will be looking to string together wins for the first time since 2015. He’s alternated losses and wins in six previous bouts since failing to claim the UFC flyweight title from Demetrious Johnson at UFC 191. In his most recent bout, Dodson took a split decision from Pedro Munhoz in March at UFC 222.
The latest UFC 228 card now includes:
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