Jimmie Rivera says huge pay, versatile contracts attracted him to BKFC

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Jimmie Rivera’s transfer to Bareknuckle Combating Championship was a simple one to make.

The previous UFC bantamweight contender discovered two main issues interesting when deciding the place to go following his departure from the UFC in August 2021. Rivera, who’s set to debut for BKFC on Friday towards Howard Davis, appreciated the pay and contract flexibility that got here with the promotion.

“Dave (Feldman) is doing an important job. He’s bringing some huge stars in and the paychecks are what fighters need to receives a commission, in order that’s an important plus,”
Rivera advised MMA Junkie. “On the similar time, we’ve got the leniency, too. I can do bareknuckle, however I can nonetheless do MMA and I haven’t stopped for MMA.

“I’m wanting ahead to getting one other MMA combat in hopefully someday this yr, relying on the end result of this combat right here, relying on whether or not he needs me to return again and combat once more, and my well being, and the way I really feel after this combat, too. However I undoubtedly need to get an MMA combat in, and I believe I would keep at 145 in MMA.

“We’ll see what occurs. We will do a one-off with Bellator, PFL, simply do one thing and get in there and compete. I didn’t retire from MMA, I simply modified promotion. I’ve the leniency that I can do each.”

Rivera, who competed for the UFC from 2015 to 2021, says the pay at BKFC is larger than what he noticed within the UFC. Nonetheless, he’s not ruling out a return to the UFC and would take a chance to return.

“It was greater than what I used to be making within the UFC,” Rivera mentioned. “With being a free agent and with the ability to discover a couple of locations, I imply, it took a while. We had different issues there. We additionally have been attempting to see if PFL was going to open a 135 weight class and a grand prix for $1 million – that’s actually good at 135. Why not? However they didn’t determine to go that route.

“The paycheck they’re providing in bareknuckle is greater than the UFC. I didn’t burn any bridges with the UFC, and the rationale that I didn’t burn any bridges is as a result of if I need to return, I need to return. I’m not going to sh*t speak. It was an important run with the UFC. I would find yourself again there in the future, I may not. I had enjoyable the six, seven years I used to be there. It was nice competitors. It was enjoyable.”

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