Zhumagulov vs Rivera Analysis and Prediction

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Zhumagulov vs Rivera Analysis and Prediction

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Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-5) vs Jerome Rivera (10-5)

Flyweight (125)

Zhalgas Zhumagulov

A durable veteran who consistently walks opponents into surprising attacks due to his negative (boring) style. Small for Flyweight, Zhumagulov is a litmus paper test for prospects at 125. Nothing exceptional, well-rounded to a tee.

Jerome Rivera

Rivera is one bad performance away from being cut from the UFC. It would be a shame to see a prospective grappling machine with a 5’10” frame leave on a four-fight slide, but Rivera has regularly failed on the feet and mat. Improvements to his kicking game are pleasing to see, but he is far too easily bullied in the clinch against the cage.

Predicted Result: Rivera Decision

Zhumagulov is a well-rounded if underwhelming, veteran who consistently walks opponents into surprising attacks. Despite a three-fight slide, Rivera has made real attempts to expand in every area of his game. Adding a strong kicking game to his monster 5’10” frame, Rivera’s greatest struggle is disengaging from the cage. With a six-inch height difference and still holding onto the promise shown in his DWCS appearance, I am foolishly backing Rivera.

There aren’t many positive photos of Jerome Rivera to chose from, so have his hand being raised after his DWCS success | Zhumagulov vs Rivera

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