Round 1: The two fighters touch gloves and UFC 156 is officially underway. They exchange leg kicks to start the fight. Figueroa steps in with his jab. Figueroa lands a hard right hand in the exchange and a kick to the body. Rivera fires back, landing a right hand. Figueroa goes to the body. He lands a left hook that knocks Rivera down. Figueroa works in Rivera’s guard. Rivera scrambles back to his feet. Figueroa lands a right hand. Rivera answers with a hard outside leg kick. Rivera delivers a kick to the body. They exchange. Figueroa lands a right hand. Rivera drives forward and secures a takedown. Rivera passes Figueroa’s guard into side control. Figueroa works his way back to his feet. The pace slows in the final minute of the round. Rivera lands a high kick and gets a trip takedown. Rivera postures up and lands punches. He stands over Figueroa. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Figueroa.
Round 2: They exchange leg kcks. Rivera lands two hard outside leg kicks. Figueroa lands a combination. Rivera throws an outside leg kick. Figueroa catches it and takes the fight to the ground. He works in Rivera’s full guard. Figueroa postures up and lands a right hand. Rivera backs up to the cage. He scrambles back to his feet. Rivera delivers a kick to the body. Rivera steps in with a combination. Figueroa looks to have slowed. Rivera works kicks to the legs. Rivera lands a counter right hook. Rivera moving forward. Rivera times a right hand. Rivera comes on and lands a big right hand. He fires off a series of strikes. Figueroa is hurt. Rivera chases him and lands punches. Figueroa falls to the canvas and the referee steps in to stop the fight. Rivera wins by TKO.
The official time of the stoppage was 4:20 of the second round.