Irwin Rivera
The Beast

Mexico

Out
Injury Suspension
Est. Return 11/21/2020
Handed six-month suspension
FeatherweightUFC
Out
May 18, 2020
Rivera has been given a six-month medical suspension following his loss to Giga Chikadze via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night in Jacksonville, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rivera wasn't competitive in his UFC debut, but it's worth noting that the deck was stacked against him. He was given just 48 hours' notice as a replacement fighter, facing a massive six-inch height disadvantage, and tasked with debuting at featherweight rather than his usual bantamweight. The 31-year-old will look to log a stronger performance during his second showing, though he'll have to wait up to six months to re-enter the Octagon, unless he's cleared earlier by a physician.
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Not competitive as late-notice sub
FeatherweightUFC
Out
May 16, 2020
Rivera lost to Giga Chikadze via unanimous decision (27-30, 26-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
It's difficult to get on Rivera for his poor effort in his company debut. For one, he accepted this fight on roughly 48 hours' notice. Second, he was fighting at featherweight instead of his normal routine at bantamweight. Finally, he was about half the size of Chikadze. What Rivera did display was an excellent chin and plenty of toughness. He remained aggressive throughout the course of the fight despite being badly outclassed. Rivera's willingness to accept this fight in the first place will certainly result in him getting a second opportunity with the company. He deserves it.
Making UFC debut Saturday
FeatherweightUFC
Out
May 14, 2020
Rivera is set to fight Giga Chikadze in a featherweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on May 16 in Jacksonville, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rivera is stepping in at short notice to replace Chikadze's original opponent, Mike Davis, who withdrew as a result of issues cutting weight. The reigning Titan FC bantamweight champion will face the challenge not only of making his UFC debut at featherweight, but he'll be tasked with facing an opponent in Chikadze who boasts a six-inch height advantage and five inches superior reach. To his own credit, Rivera is coming off an impressive 2019 campaign capped by a three-win streak.