Promotional newcomer Jimmie Rivera steps into the UFC cage for the first time to face Marcus Brimage this Saturday in Scotland at the UFC Fight Night 72.
Having just turned 26, Jimmie’s career is an impressive one. With 16 straight wins and only one loss in a seven-year career, he has fought for the best of them, including CFCC, Ring of Combat, King of the Cage, Bellator, WSOF and now UFC.
Fitmark caught up with Jimmie to get the inside scoop on his training and the kind of discipline it takes to reach the UFC level.
Jimmie is a Tiger Schulmann Fighter and has been training since the age of eight. Tiger Schulmann’s MMA is a blend of the most effective self-defense maneuvers from traditional martial arts, and works on the simple principle of employing the best moves based on the distance from your opponent:
“The feet have the longest reach, then the shins, fists, knees, elbows, and finally takedowns, grappling and wrestling.”
Tiger Schulmann MMA Breakdown
- Feet, shins, knees: varying styles of Karate and Muay Thai Kickboxing
- Fists: American Boxing, varying styles of Karate and Muay Thai Kickboxing
- Elbows: Muay Thai Kickboxing
- Takedowns: Olympic Wresting and Jiu Jitsu
- Grappling: Jiu Jitsu and Olympic Wrestling
Having this kind of training has helped Jimmie “in so many ways.” He is now a Head Instructor at Tiger Schulmann’s and he says,
“Learning and demonstrating self-discipline, I think it’s the key to my success in and out of the ring.”
Indeed with a 16-1 fight record, we can’t argue with that. Discipline is the key and for Jimmie, it all starts with a run first thing every morning:
“Typically, I hit my run at 9, then train for an hour in grappling and an hour in kickboxing. From there, maybe some extra training afterwards or I’ll focus on technique. Then I head to lunch then my school afterwards to teach from 4 to 10 pm. Head home and repeat the same thing over again the next day.”
Jimmie is now on the road, getting ready to face his worthy opponent, Marcus Brimage, this Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland. Now it’s even more important to remain disciplined and stick to the game plan:
“I train almost every day. If I have a fight coming up, I will train from Sunday to Friday and take Saturday off. Training is mainly the same for each training camp; the only thing that changes is my game plan and what I’m going to do against my opponent.”
Jimmie doesn’t leave anything to chance. When it comes to nutrition, he has a strategy for that too:
“Leading up to a fight, my meals become smaller and more frequent throughout the day. My intake of water will increase to more than a gallon a day. As far as supplements, I usually just take multivitamins and amino acids throughout my training camps (also ice baths for healing).”
We recently sent Jimmie one of our Championship Transition Round Packs, because it’s a knockout! And as a way of saying GOOD LUCK, JIMMIE!
One last bit of advice for young MMA athletes from the Champ – Jimmie El Terror Rivera: Work out, stay focused, and don’t let anything come between your training and your work ethic.
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The Fitmark Team