“It definitely makes it a little harder when you can’t look up the fighter,” said Rivera. “When I got offered Tyson Nam, that guy’s got a lot of fights on YouTube and stuff like that, so we were able to look him up and come up with a pretty solid game plan. But this guy’s pretty hard to find, so when that happens, then you study their camp and see the style that those guys fight. So there’s his brother Deiveson and there’s also another guy that I’ve seen fight, so we’re kind of preparing for a style those guys have – really tough jiu-jitsu, pretty solid Muay Thai. From what I’ve seen, it looks like he fights like his brother a lot, so I’m really motivated. It makes me excited. I feel like I’m kinda getting ready to fight the champ, in a sense.”

He’s right, because if Rivera does make a statement against Figueiredo, big brother will likely want a crack at the New Mexico product. Maybe not in a fight or two, but down the line, making this a perfect way for Rivera to truly announce his arrival.

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“That makes me really excited about the matchup,” he said. “I consider my coach (Joshua Montoya) like a brother; we have a really cool relationship. So when we got offered the fight, I was telling my coach, ‘Any time I’ve ever seen you fight and you lose, I’ve always wanted to fight the dude.’ I know Deiveson Figueiredo likes to try and intimidate people and I’m not really gonna be there to do a whole lot of talking; I’m just looking to go make a statement the way I beat up his brother.”