Exclusive: Last Week’s TUF 16 Winner Joey Rivera BJPENN.COM Blog #1 | UFC NEWS

October 5, 2012 1:06 pm by Bryan Levick


BJPenn.Com would like to welcome The Ultimate Fighter contestant Joey “Boom Boom” Rivera to the site. The Tuscon, AZ native will begin blogging weekly about his time in the house and his overall thoughts on the other fighters and the show.

Rivera is coming off a huge victory over Shane Carwin’s number one pick Sam Alvey via majority decision on last week’s episode of TUF.

I knew I wanted to be a fighter because of one very simple reason; my mother and her boyfriend would get into fights and I wanted to be able to protect her. I never knew I’d wind up where I am today.

I am a big fan of the martial arts and when I am not training I study the different martial arts by reading books or watching videos, I am an eternal student. While fighting is a huge part of my life it’s not my only interest. I love spending time with my family and friends. When I don’t have a fight coming up I take tango lessons with my wife.

My professional record is 7-1 and I have competed for organizations like Cage Fury Fighting Championships in Atlantic City, NJ, World Fighting Federation in Tuscon, AZ, King of the Cage, Full Moon Fighting and Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting.

APEX Mixed Martial Arts in Tucson is my home base and I also happen to own the gym. We have some real killers training there including Ed West, George Roop, Eddie Arizmendi, Chad Griggs, Drew Fickett, Lyle Steffens and “War Monkey” Parker. Continue reading on page 2…

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