UFC 219 Gets Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera, Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza on Dec. 30

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 27, 2017


Former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will lock horns with Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219 on Dec. 30.

The Las Vegas-based promotion announced the pairing on Wednesday. Additionally, two other bouts were announced for the card: Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza at strawweight and Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau Pereira at flyweight. UFC 219 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.

Cruz hasn’t competed since losing the bantamweight strap to Cody Garbrandt at UFC 207 last December. That snapped a 13-fight winning streak for “The Dominator,” who had regained the title with a win over T.J. Dillashaw in January 2016 after vacating the belt due to injury inactivity.

Rivera, meanwhile, is on a 20-bout winning streak that includes five consecutive victories in the Octagon. Most recently, the Team Tiger Schulmann representative garnered a unanimous decision triumph over Thomas Almeida at UFC on Fox 25 on July 22.

Calvillo owns a 6-0 professional record that includes wins over Joanne Calderwood, Pearl Gonzalez and Amanda Bobby Cooper in the UFC. Esparza, the promotion’s inaugural strawweight champ, earned a unanimous verdict against Maryna Moroz in her last outing at UFC Fight Night 112.

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