Since losing his second pro fight back in 2008, bantamweight Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera has gone on to win 14 straight bouts.
While Rivera is pleased with the fact he’s been able to win so many fights in a row, the fact that he had gone to many decisions in those victories had him looking to get finishes this past year.
“People don’t want to see fights go the distance,” Rivera told MMAWeekly.com. “They want to see a type of fighter who fights to finish the other person.”
Rivera was able to get a finish in his most recent fight, where he picked up a third-round TKO stoppage against Anthony Durnell at CFFC 43 in November.
“I like that I got to finish my last opponent in the third round,” said Rivera. “I was able to drop him and finish him with a body shot, let alone a head shot. I’ve been able to work on myself and be better-rounded and finish fights.
“I’ve always just tried to stay more on my feet, punching and kicking, and sometimes you hurt the guy but don’t really realize it. So what I’ve been working on is when I hurt a guy, I take advantage of it.”
With the CFFC moving to CBS Sports Network for its upcoming show this Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J., Rivera knows this is a big opportunity for him to impress upon people who he is as a fighter.
“I want to get myself known and recognized better,” he said. “It’s always really important to put on a good show and put on a good fight and get the win so you can keep going. It’s super-important.”
At CFFC 48, Rivera (15-1) will be taking on Carson Beebe (15-3) in a bantamweight co-main event.
“I just have to push the pace,” said Rivera. “I’ve watched some of (Beebe’s) fights. He’s a good wrestler, uses his punches to set up his wresting, and is a tough opponent. I’m not going underestimate him at all, but I feel really confident heading into this fight.”
With an opportunity to show people what he’s all about, Rivera is hoping that Saturday night can lead him to taking the next step in his career.
“The CFFC is a great promotion, but one of their priorities along with having great fights is sending guys to the UFC,” said Rivera. “After this win I’ll have won 15 fights in a row, so hopefully it’ll get me noticed and I’ll get the call to fight at 135 pounds in the UFC.
“One step at a time, though. I have to handle Saturday night and go in there, fight and hopefully pick up the win.”