UFC on FOX 25 video highlights: Jimmie Rivera vs. Thomas Almeida

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Jimmie Rivera dropped Thomas Almeida twice in the first, was dropped himself in the second, but still made an impression on the judges in the end.

On the strength of his power punching and tactical savvy, Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) out-pointed Almeida (21-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) on all three judges’ scorecards to take a unanimous decision with scores of 29-28, 30-26, and 30-27 for his 20th win in a row.

The bantamweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC on FOX 25 event at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. It aired on FOX following prelims on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

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For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25 results: Jimmie Rivera's winning streak at 20 after decision vs. Thomas Almeida

Jimmie Rivera dropped Thomas Almeida twice in the first, was dropped himself in the second, but still made an impression on the judges in the end.

On the strength of his power punching and tactical savvy, Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) out-pointed Almeida (21-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) on all three judges’ scorecards to take a unanimous decision with scores of 29-28, 30-26, and 30-27 for his 20th win in a row.

The bantamweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC on FOX 25 event at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. It aired on FOX following prelims on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.

Rivera got off to a strong start in the opening round, hurting Almeida with heavy right hands and sharp counter hooks, dropping him twice in the opening frame as Almeida was forced to hold on and clinch in order to clear his head.

But as is his habit, Almeida came back fiercely after those early troubles, dropping Rivera with a stiff right hand in the second and rattling him with a head kick, only to have Rivera battle back late in the round.

In the third, with the fight looking like it might be close on the scorecards, Rivera relied on his takedowns, even when it meant taking a chance late in the fight to get Almeida down. That strategic risk-taking paid off when the fight went to the judges, as all three gave the fight to Rivera, who remains unbeaten in his UFC tenure.

The win brings Rivera’s winning streak in the UFC to four straight fights. Almeida has lost two of his last three fights for the first two losses of his pro career.

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(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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Twitter reacts to Jimmie Rivera's win over Thomas Almeida at UFC on FOX 25

Jimmie Rivera pushed his winning streak to a remarkable 20 consecutive fights on Saturday when he defeated Thomas Almeida in the UFC on FOX 25 main-card opener.

Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) remained undefeated inside the octagon when he earned a unanimous-decision victory over Almeida (21-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in the FOX-televised bantamweight bout at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y., further strengthening his position as one of the division’s top contenders.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Rivera’s victory.

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Finish-driven Thomas Almeida foresees great show against great opponent at UFC on FOX 25

The Thomas Almeida who’ll meet Jimmie Rivera this Saturday is not the same one who lost to now-champ Cody Garbrandt in May of last year. Neither is he is the same Almeida who went on to recover from that by beating Albert Morales four months later.

And that, the 25-year-old Almeida believes, is where the danger lies.

“I never settle; I never get comfortable,” Almeida told MMAjunkie ahead of the FOX-televised UFC on FOX 25 main card scrap, which takes place at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. “I always want to improve.

“That’s the important thing, and that’s what makes me a very tough opponent, in my opinion: because I’m always looking to improve and evolve. I’m on my way, and I’m sure that I’ll be able to show this evolution against Jimmie Rivera.”

Almeida (22-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) meets Rivera (20-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) in what’s, record-wise, a uniquely impressive matchup. At 28, Rivera brings in a 19-fight winning streak into the octagon. His lone career setback came in his second pro fight – a split decision back in 2008.

Almeida, in turn, was riding a 20-fight streak before Garbrandt knocked him out at UFC Fight Night 88. While Garbrant went on to take the bantamweight crown with a masterful display over Dominick Cruz, Almeida bounced back with the TKO of Morales at UFC Fight Night 110. The hometown win also meant a 19th finish added to Almeida’s stellar record.

Almeida believes his sole career loss served to show parts of his technique and aggressive style that needed tweaking. And he believes that once he’s able to find his distance with Rivera, there’s a good chance yet another knockout will follow.

But he also knows better than getting too confident with a man who’s kind of into winning fights.

“I think Jimmie is an excellent opponent,” Almeida said. “No wonder he has 20 wins. He’s a very tough guy. Very strategic. He fights to win. I’ve seen all of his fights, especially the ones in the UFC, and he’s a guy who uses the rules in his favor.

“With each fight, he adjusts his strategy and follows that well. He’s a dangerous guy. He’s very strong, the No. 5 in the rankings. But I trust my work. I trust my will. I know how much this fight matters to me.”

Although competing in his home country of Brazil has reflected well on his record – his sole UFC loss took place in Las Vegas – Almeida has no problem conceding this advantage to New Jersey’s Rivera. If anything, the bantamweight welcomes the chance to visit New York and fight in a place with such rich boxing history.

Obviously, Almeida doesn’t have many complaints about the matchup. But, given the option, he’d maybe change one thing about it: the timing. After all, the eight month layoff is not exactly ideal when it comes to a hungry and healthy 25-year-old.

“We tried getting a fight in Brazil, at (UFC 212, on June 3),” Almeida said. “I thought it was going to work, but there was no opponent. I had no injuries, I was well-prepared.”

But, for the ever-optimistic Almeida, it seems like there aren’t that many things that can’t be seen under a positive light.

“As you climb up the rankings, it’s harder to find fights,” Almeida said. “I can’t just go around fighting anyone. My goal is getting to the belt, so I need to do the right fights to get there.

“On the bright side, I had longer to prepare and to keep looking for evolution. Fight or no fight, I’m always training. I was sad about not fighting in Rio, but then they scheduled my fight right away.”

As a result, Almeida got a full three-month camp to prepare for a fight that he understands plays a major role in his dreams of achieving 135-pound gold. And, precisely because he’s well aware of those stakes, he’s not daring to let his focus wander too far from it.

Almeida can’t make promises for the future or even anticipate just how the fight’s going to come to an end. But one thing he can guarantee is that he’s still the same guy who, in the six years of his professional career, only needed the cageside judges once.

“I think the fans like my fights because I always think of them,” Almeida said. “I like putting on shows. I’m always looking for the knockout and the finish. I don’t like leaving it up to the judges. Nothing will change in this fight. I’m sure it will be a great show, because he’s a great opponent.”

For more on UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25 lineup finalized with 'New York vs. the world' theme on 4-fight main card

With the UFC making its Long Island debut later this month, the promotion is leaning heavy on New York-based fighters on the evening’s main card.

UFC officials recently released the full broadcast plans for UFC on FOX 25, which takes place on July 22 at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y. The evening’s four-fight main card airs on FOX following four preliminary bouts on the same network, as well as five early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In the night’s main event, New York native and former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman (13-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) “The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner Kelvin Gastelum (13-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC). It’s a must-win for Weidman, who after rattling off 13 straight victories to open his professional career has now dropped three consecutive fights via knockout.

In the co-feature, New York’s Dennis Bermudez (16-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) faces a gritty Darren Elkins (22-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) in a key featherweight contest. Elkins sits at No. 13 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, while Bermudez is an honorable mention.

The main card is rounded out with a light heavyweight matchup that sees New York’s Gian Villante (15-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC) face Patrick Cummins (9-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC), as well as New Jersey’s (OK, so we took a little liberty with the “New York vs. the world” thing) Jimmie Rivera (20-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC)in a fantastic bantamweight matchup with Thomas Almeida (21-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC).

The full UFC on FOX 25 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Chris Weidman vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins
  • Patrick Cummins vs. Gian Villante
  • Thomas Almeida vs. Jimmie Rivera

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Lyman Good vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
  • Alessio Di Chirico vs. Rafael Natal
  • Ryan LaFlare vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Christian Colombo vs. Damian Grabowski

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)

  • Kyle Bochniak vs. Jeremy Kennedy
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Marlon Vera
  • Junior Albini vs. Timothy Johnson
  • Shane Burgos vs. Godofredo Pepey
  • Frankie Perez vs. Chris Wade

For more on UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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