By Josh Reese
UFC 149 like most cards recently have been struck be injuries, 1st the headliners were pulled and switched for new headliners. Michael Bisping was pulled, Big Nog got injured and was pulled as well as others. Roland Delorme was going to face top face Bantamweight Bibiano Fernandes but do to a contract snafu never actually signed with the UFC and instead signed with ONE FC in Asia. So now in steps Francisco Rivera who was going to fight at UFC on FX 4 but he himself was pulled for an injury.
Rivera (8-2) is in the middle of a second and this time longer run in the UFC, he lost his 1st attempt in the organization at the TUF 13 Finale against Reuben Duran via a third round submission. After a 2-0 run in Tachi Palace Fights he is back in the UFC and now has a UFC win under his belt, via a unanimous decision win against Alex Soto.
Delorme (8-1) a TUF 14 Quarter-finalist, is a 2 fight UFC veteran with 2 wins under his belt. He is a fighter known for finishing fights and could be know as the king of the rear naked choke, with 4 wins coming by way of the RNC including two in a row. He has been to a decision once in his career, which resulted in his only loss.