Jimmie Rivera Says Marlon Moraes Fight No Longer On the Table for UFC 219

It's looking less likely that Jimmie Rivera will fight at UFC 219

Jimmie Rivera may go home from Las Vegas empty handed after all.

The No. 3 ranked bantamweight contender lost his opponent for UFC 219 earlier this week when John Lineker was forced out of their bout due to injury.

Several fighters immediately jumped on the chance to take the matchup with Rivera on short notice including Marlon Moraes, who was fresh off a first round knockout against Aljamain Sterling in early December.

Moraes has been calling for a fight with Rivera for months due to some personal beef they’ve shared over the years, but now it appears the bout won’t be happening on Dec. 30.

According to Rivera, Moraes made the offer to fight him on short notice and the New Jersey native offered to accept the bout at 145-pounds after the former World Series of Fighting champion reportedly couldn’t get down to the bantamweight limit in less than a week.

Rivera claims at that point Moraes retracted his offer to accept the fight and now there’s no chance they’ll be meeting at UFC 219 this weekend.

Fellow bantamweight contender John Dodson also made an offer to take the fight with Rivera on short notice but it’s looking more and more likely that no one will end up facing him at UFC 219.

All signs are pointing towards Rivera being pulled from the card with options so limited with only days remaining until the event.

UFC officials have yet to make any announcement regarding Rivera’s status on the card or a potential search for a new opponent.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.