Jorge Rivera quickly established that he was he better striker than Nate Quarry. He took the first round 10-8 easily, repeatedly dropping Nate Quarry with hard right hands. Rivera could seemingly connect at will with his right.
He finished it early in the second round.
The first round saw Rivera completely dominate Quarry and several times it appeared he had stopped Quarry. But each time Quarry recovered or escaped. And ref Mario Yamasaki is not known for his quick stoppages so the carnage continued for a full round and change.
After Yamasaki allowed Quarry to take a sustained beating on the ground to end the first, Rivera came out in the second and immediately finished his man.
Two veteran sluggers, both popular fan favorites from the Ultimate Fighter series met in the sophomore fight of UFC Fight Night 21. Neither Nate Quarry nor Jorge Rivera came into the fight very close to a title shot, but expectations were high for a slugfest as both men are known to bring it.
Jorge Rivera certainly answered the expectations of the fans. This was a classic instance of the slugger meeting the polished striker and coming away the worse for wear.
Both men should continue with the UFC after this fight. Rivera will get more good pay days to wind down his career.