Although the rug was abruptly pulled out from underneath him this past Saturday at UFC 122, things are already on the up and up for middleweight Jorge Rivera. The 38-year-old told Kimura.se he will meet Michael Bisping in a yet-to-be announced UFC 127 event on February 27th.
Rivera was slated to face Alessio Sakara inside the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, but the Italian was suffering from “flu-like symptoms” which forced Octagon officials to pull the plug on the contest at the 11th hour. While things appeared bleak for Rivera after the cancellation, company president Dana White said both fighters would be paid nonetheless.
“El Conquistador” pocketed his show money and win bonus despite not setting foot inside the cage. Now that he’s received an automatic promotion to face the talented Brit, the weekend appears to have worked out perfectly for the middleweight – less the round trip flight to Germany, of course.
Rivera owns a respectable 18-7 resume and has won three consecutive scraps. He handed Nate Quarry a TKO loss at “UFC Fight Night 21” this past March.
Bisping holds an impressive 20-3 professional record, with 16 of his victories ending in finishes. He’s riding a two-fight winning streak and was last seen handing Yoshihiro Akiyama a unanimous decision at UFC 110.
The Acer Arena Sydney, Australia is expected to host UFC 127.