Jimmie Rivera denies Marlon Moraes fight offer, eyes another fight

Jimmie Rivera

On Saturday, surging UFC bantamweight contender and former World Series of Fighting champion Marlon Moraes took to Twitter to share a signed bout agreement for a fight with fellow contender Jimmie Rivera.

“Here you go [Jimmie Rivera], I signed my bout agreement. [UFC] on Fox. I also agreed to fight you on March 3rd, choose what day you want me to beat your ass B-I-T-C-H.”

While Rivera has no doubt seen this Tweet from Moraes, he says he has not yet seen a bout offer from the UFC.

“Last thing [that] was spoken to [UFC matchmaker] Sean [Shelby] was a possible fight with Cody [Garbrandt],” Rivera told FanSided’s Amy Kaplan on Saturday when asked if he’d received an offer for a battle with Moraes.

This of course, is in keeping with a recent Tweet from Rivera, in which he expressed interest in a fight with the former champ Cody Garbrandt.

Since joining the UFC fold in early 2017, Moraes has gone 2-1, first losing a close decision to Raphael Assuncao, then defeating John Dodson by decision, and most recently, crushing Aljamain Sterling with an insane knee. He’s 20-5-1 overall.

Rivera, meanwhile, boasts one of the best records in the UFC, at 21-1. Since joining the promotion, he’s bested Marcus Brimage, Pedro Munhoz, Iuri Alcantara, Urijah Faber, and most recently, Thomas Almeida.

Does a fight between Jimmie Rivera and Marlon Moraes interest you, or would you prefer to see Rivera battle Garbrandt?

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/7/2018.