What’s more difficult, MMA or boxing?

Let UFC bantamweight Jimmie Rivera tell you, as he joined Joe Rizzo (@rearnakedchoke) and Jason Kelly (@JayKellyMMA) on Rear-Naked Choke Radio.

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Rivera (@JimmieRivera135) is on a 18-fight win streak, with his most recent victory being a Fight of the Night performance against Iuri Alcântara at UFC on Fox 18 in Newark, N.J. Rivera, a lifelong resident in New Jersey, was pleased to fight at home, which he can’t say the same for the time he fought abroad and was told he’s going to die.

Rivera talked about his youth and being the product of a single mom. After he was a victim of bullying, Rivera’s mom enrolled him in martial arts classes at Tiger Schulmann, where he got his first job teaching and still trains some 18 years later.

Though, Rivera is a successful UFC bantamweight on a roll, he spoke about the little kid inside him that geeks out when he’s around UFC stars.

As always, feel free to comment below or send feedback about the show to @RNCRadio or @CombatPress on Twitter, or on Facebook at RNC Radio or Combat Press, and now on YouTube.

About The Author

Radio Host

Jason Kelly has been a lifelong fan of martial arts and was instantly hooked on MMA after watching the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 1 at 12 years old. The Canadian dabbled in martial arts and MMA over the years, but the sport he excelled at was basketball. Jason’s introduction to MMA media started at MMA Religion, which led to his position as a feature writer on MMA DieHards. Jason eventually became the Feature Content Manager at MMA DieHards. His duties at MMA DieHards led to hosting MMA DieHards Radio and MMA Cypher Radio with Corey Charron, before going on to join Joe Rizzo's longtime-running show, Rear Naked Choke Radio. Following a short hiatus from covering the sport he loves, Jason joined the staff at Combat Press. Aside from his interest in MMA, Jason has a passion for hip hop, especially battle rap. He considers himself a hip hop connoisseur and is always up for a conversation on the subject.

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