UFC Fight Island 1: Jimmie Rivera vs Cody Stamann Preview

  • Rivera vs Stamann is one of the most attractive fights of the UFC on ESPN 13.
  • Both of these two bantamweights are famous for going the distance in the UFC.
  • The odds on the favorite Rivera are getting longer as time goes by, suggesting we might be in for a surprise.

This Wednesday evening, MMA fans will get to watch another UFC event taking place at Fight Island, that is, the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Kattar vs Ige is the headliner fight of the event, but there are several other high-profile bouts in the card. One of those is the Jimmie Rivera vs Cody Stamann fight.

The two bantamweight fighters have been involved with the UFC for several years now, both with pretty decent success. Jimmy Rivera has won six out of nine fights since 2015 when he joined the promotion. His opponent signed for the UFC in 2017 and has won five fights since while losing one and getting a draw once.

Jimmie Rivera vs Cody Stamann Odds

Fighter NameOdds at BetOnline.ag
Jimmie Rivera-137
Cody Stamann+117

*Odds taken July 13

Jimmie Rivera vs Cody Stamann Fight Info

  • Date: July 15
  • Time: ~11 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Location: UFC Fight Island
  • How to Watch: ESPN, UFC Fight Pass

Jimmie Rivera Odds Keep Moving

Betting odds on Rivera have moved from -150 to -137 at top MMA betting sites, suggesting that El Terror might not be as big a favorite as though before. One of the main reasons is that his last couple of UFC performances were far from impressive.

Rivera lost both of his 2019 fights, while a year before, he recorded his first UFC defeat. Before 2018, he had a 100% winning rate with five straight wins.  

What’s interesting about Rivera is that most of his UFC fights were decided by the judges. In fact, the only fight he won by KO was his UFC debut against Marcus Brimage. What’s even more interesting is that it’s basically the same situation when Cody Stamann is concerned.

Cody Stamann Going the Distance

The only time Cody Stamann did not go the distance was when he got defeated by Aljamain Sterling by submission. Each of Stamann’s wins in the UFC was won by points, including his most recent fight against Brian Kelleher this June.

Stamann won that fight just a week after his brother unexpectedly passed away. The fight against Kelleher was a featherweight bout; this time, Stamann is going back to bantamweight after cutting weight.  

Tale of the Tape

Fighter NameJimmie RiveraCody Stamann
Weight135 lb145 lb
Reach68 in64 in
UFC Record6W-3L5W-1D-1L
UFC Bantamweight Ranking#9#10

Jimmie Rivera vs Cody Stamann Betting Picks

This is going to be a close call, as Rivera and Stamann are two fighters of similar abilities. Predicting the winner of the match is very difficult, even though Stamann seems more than capable to surprise the oddsmakers and grab himself a win.

What seems like a safer bet is that the fight will go the distance. We are very likely to see the two fighters standing on their feet after the three rounds.

Our pick:

  • Fight to go the distance -355 (BetOnline.ag)

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