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Jerome Rivera

Flyweight Division

10-6-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


Wins by Decision

Jerome Rivera

athlete record


Learn more about Jerome Rivera's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Not Fighting
Place of Birth
Santa Fe, United States
Octagon Debut
Sep. 19, 2020
Leg reach

Fighter Facts

  • Pro since 2014

  • Has won three of his last six

  • Returning to flyweight division

  • One win by KO, six wins by submission (2 triangle, armbar, 3 RNC)

  • Three first round finishes

  • Origin of nickname: “Renegade is sort of a contradiction to my first nickname that was given to me by my coach, which was ‘Shy Guy.’ When I first left Santa Fe, I started training at Fit NHB and my coach Jon Judy said he wasn’t gonna corner anyone with the nickname ‘Shy Guy’ and he used to give me a lot of s**t so I switched it to ‘Renegade.’”

UFC History

UFC 264 (7/10/21) Rivera was submitted by Zhalgas Zhumagulov via guillotine choke at 2:02 of the first round. 

UFC Fight Night (2/6/21) Rivera was knocked out by Ode’ Osbourne at :26 of the first round

UFC on ESPN (1/20/21) Rivera lost a three round unanimous decision to Francisco Figueiredo

UFC Fight Night (9/19/20) Rivera was stopped by Tyson Nam via strikes at :34 of the second round


Episode one
(8/4/20) Rivera won a three round unanimous decision over Luis Rodriguez


When and why did you start training for fighting?
I started training in 2011. Since I was a kid, I used to love watching UFC and I was pretty good at wrestling, so I knew it was always something I wanted to get into. I never had the best results in wrestling, but when me and my friend would wrestle at the park or whatever I was always catching people in submissions we would see in the UFC, so once I finally got into the gym and got exposed to it, I started doing well pretty early on and I was hooked instantly from my first practice.

What ranks and titles have you held? I have held an amateur kickboxing belt for SWKA, which is a promotion in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I fought for an amateur Muay Thai belt and lost. I also fought for the inaugural LFA Flyweight belt, but I lost that fight, as well. I am also a one-stripe brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Do you have any heroes? Goku from Dragon Ball Z and Kobe Bryant

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting for the UFC means the world to me. I have put the last nine years of my life into this sport and I have done all of this because I love it. That being said, there are plenty of other things I could have been doing in that time to set myself up for a career to earn money for my family. I have always worked hard and I would be fine with it without the UFC money but to think that this dream could truly come true and I could provide for my family off a career of being a professional martial artist getting to do something I truly love, that’s a feeling I couldn’t put into words. 

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went for a few semesters but I haven’t earned a degree or certificate yet. 

What was your job before you started fighting? I was 16 when I started, and I worked in a restaurant as a dishwasher at the time. 

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Amateur Kickboxing Champ

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? LFA Title Challenger

Favorite grappling technique: Triangle

Favorite Striking technique: Teep Kick