Jorge Rivera will take on Constantinos Philippou at UFC 133 this weekend in Philadelphia after Alessio Sakara had to once again withdraw with injury. MMATraining.com caught up with Rivera this week in Philadelphia and asked him how this fight came together and how their styles match up.
“Pretty similar. You know, they gave me a list with a bunch of other names. I asked my team what they thought. We Googled them, saw what they had on YouTube, and out of all of those – I mean Philippou is a good boxer, he’s got powerful hand, and I thought, you know, he’s the one I want.”
Asked if there was any added pressure since Rivera is from Boston and Phillipou from New York. “Nah, man. Though it’s my job to represent my area anywhere I go. He’s from New York, but is there added pressure? When the Yankees and the Sox go at it it’s good. But nah, man, I’m cool. I have no beef with that. It is what it is – it’s a fight, man.”
When asked if the Boston fans will be louder than the New York fans given the close proximity Rivera was excited.
“I hope so! Whether they’re from Boston or not, as long as they’re cheering for me I don’t care, it’s cool.”
Rivera has been out of action since UFC 127 in Australia back in February and will look to get back in the win column for the first time since March 2010.