SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Eloy, Ariz.’s own Jesus “Bear” Rivas, 18, won his second straight fight Oct. 4, this one at Bad Boy Fights’ Scottsdale venue, to claim his second title in as many mixed martial arts (MMA) organizations.
Rivas defeated the number one contender in Arizona, Talon Glasser, in 24 seconds in the first round. The previously undefeated Glasser comes from a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) gym.
Rivas’ amateur record remains unblemished at 2-0 with the win. He now holds world championship titles in the 125-pound division at Bad Boy Fights as well as in the 115-pound straw weight division at Rage in the Cage.
“The kid is moving fast and things are moving quickly, he has a lot of people looking at him,” said Bear’s father, coach and trainer Gabe Rivas. “But he’s still in high school right now so the main thing is still school and focusing on his studies.”
The elder Rivas said Bear has already been asked to fight in a Nov. 22 match, but as of today they remain undecided as to whether or not Bear will fight in that one because of their commitment to a King of the Cage fight at the end of the year.
“King of the Cage is one of the biggest organizations in the world right now and we don’t know if we’re going to take the Nov. 22 fight yet because of that one,” Rivas said. “We’ll sit down and weigh our options, we just might end up taking it as a tune-up fight.”
Bear’s King of the Cage debut is scheduled to be Dec. 7 in Las Vegas. King of the Cage has different rules than Bad Boy and Rage in the Cage. For example, elbows are not allowed, knees to the face are not allowed, strikes to the back of the head or spine are not allowed and more.
“It’s a little more high-level fighting styles,” added Rivas. “Which is what I did for a long, long time.”
Bear trains at Taz Boxing Club in Eloy. More information about King of the Cage is available at www.kingofthecage.com. Rage in the Cage and Bad Boy Fights can be found online as well at www.rageinthecage.com and www.badboyfights.com respectively.