Costas Philippou out works the veteran Jorge Rivera

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Though both men are known for fireworks in their fists, the fight never escalated to its potential. There were moments where both fighters got their licks in, but the fisticuffs never exploded into a knockout.

Philippou, however, nearly scored an omo plata shoulder lock finish in round two, but even though he had a deep lock, he didn’t seem to know how to put on the finishing touches.

In the end, Philippou did do enough in the judges’ eyes, at least two of them, to score the split decision victory. The Cyprus fighter didn’t appear too pleased with his first UFC victory.

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Costas Philippou Vs. Jorge Rivera
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Name Costas Philippou No Headshot Available
Height 5′ 11″ (180.34 cm)
Weight 206 (93.44 kg)
Record 7-2-0


Name Jorge Rivera Jorge Rivera
Height 6′ 1″ (185.42 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 18-8-0
Team Team Elite
Constantinos Philippou def. Jorge Rivera via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)