If Jimmie Rivera wants to get back in the win column, he’ll have to hold off the hard-charging Petr Yan.
Officials announced a bantamweight meeting between the two top contenders for UFC 238 on June 8 at United Center in Chicago. The bout was first reported by ESPN.
Rivera (22-3) joined the UFC back in July 2015 riding a 15-fight win streak and he stretched that to 20 with victories in his first five Octagon appearances, which included decision nods over Thomas Almeida, Urijah Faber, and Iuri Alcantara. He’s just 1-2 in his last three outings, sandwiching a win over John Dodson with losses to Aljamain Sterling and Marlon Moraes.
It’s Yan (12-1) who now finds himself on a lengthy win streak, having won seven straight dating back to his time competing in Russia. The 26-year-old is 4-0 in the UFC so far, having most recently defeated Dodson by unanimous decision at UFC Prague in February.
UFC 238 will be headlined by flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes competing for a vacant bantamweight title. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko defends her flyweight title against Jessica Eye.
See the updated card below:
Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye
Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Joanne Calderwood
Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov
Felice Herrig vs. Yan Xiaonan
Ricardo Lamas vs. Calvin Kattar
Jimmie Rivera vs. Petr Yan