The UFC has added an thrilling matchup between top-10 bantamweights to their “Combat Island” slate.

A number of individuals with information of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Preventing that Jimmie Rivera will face Cody Stamann July 15 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Per sources, the struggle will happen at 145 kilos.

Rivera appears to get again on observe after dropping back-to-back fights—and three out of 4 bouts —for the primary time in his 26-fight skilled profession. “El Terror” was arguably a win away from preventing for the UFC bantamweight title earlier than he was completed within the first spherical by Marlon Moraes in June 2018. Rivera bounced again win a call win over John Dodson, earlier than shedding consecutive choices to Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan in 2019.

Stamann is unbeaten in his final three fights following his first promotional defeat, a submission loss to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 228. “Spartan” picked up a call win over Alejandro Perez at UFC 235 earlier than preventing Tune Yadong to a majority attract December. In his most up-to-date look, the 30-year-old picked up an emotional win over Brian Kelleher at UFC 250 simply days after the premature demise of his youthful brother.

The UFC’s July 15 occasion is headlined by a pivotal featherweight matchup between Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige.