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Photos: PRBBP's Peter Rivera Joins Forces With The UFC

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —UFC® president Dana White announced today in Puerto Rico the organization’s expansion plans for the island, noting Puerto Rico’s rich history in combat sports. The expansion includes the appointment of local sports entrepreneur Peter Rivera, who owns boxing promotional firm Puerto Rico Best Boxing, as the UFC’s representative in the region. Rivera will be responsible for the commercial management of the UFC brand and the coordination of all details relating to Pay-Per-View sales, tryouts, seminars and special presentations of UFC fighters on the island.

In addition to Rivera’s appointment, White and UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, along with his brother, Sergio, a rising UFC bantamweight star, toured the island. The Pettis brothers, who are Puerto Rican, led seminars for nearly 100 aspiring local mixed martial artists, as well as visited Coliseo de Puerto Rico arena.

“The UFC is committed to growing the sport on the island of Puerto Rico,” White said. “I'm excited to partner with somebody as accomplished and respected as Peter Rivera, who we will work alongside in building the UFC in Puerto Rico.”

“It is an honor to be chosen by the UFC to represent them in Puerto Rico, as it is the fastest growing sports company in the world,” Rivera said. “Puerto Rico has been distinguished by its love of combat sports. With the Pettis brothers, Dennis Bermudez and other Puerto Rican fighters rising in the sport, we expect an unprecedented explosion of UFC fans throughout Puerto Rico.”

The relationship between the UFC and Puerto Rico has historical ties. In 1996, UFC 8 was held at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum, where Ken Shamrock defeated Kimo Leopoldo by submission in the main event.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by toshmurph on 03-27-2014

Cool to see Tito out and about! Sickened that the Aldo vs Pettis fight didn't work out, was looking forward to that! On a side note, looking forward to the return of the Notorious One, Conor McGregor!! Stay Ready...

Comment by LouIE G on 03-27-2014

[QUOTE=Golovkin;14368113]Damn, I remember watching Anthony Pettis in MTV's World Of Jenks struggling when he was literally unknown and just another hopeful average joe trying to make it. Look at him now though.[/QUOTE] Yeah,but now he has to fight gilbert milendez…

Comment by Foreign Soil on 03-27-2014

[QUOTE=drenlou;14368114]Dana "whitey",i mean white is glad bulger got caught..,no more sleepless nights lol[/QUOTE] :lol1: Dana was a shook stiff while Whitey was on the run.

Comment by LouIE G on 03-27-2014

[QUOTE=Foreign Soil;14368111]Sounds like exactly the type characters Dana would want to work with. The Fertittas have former mafia ties and Dana himself was run out of Boston by Whitey Bulger.[/QUOTE] Dana "whitey",i mean white is glad bulger got caught..,no more…

Comment by Golovkin on 03-27-2014

Damn, I remember watching Anthony Pettis in MTV's World Of Jenks struggling when he was literally unknown and just another hopeful average joe trying to make it. Look at him now though.

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