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Francisco Rivera to appeal UFC 181 loss to Urijah Faber

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LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Opponents Urijah Faber and Francisco Rivera face off during the UFC 181 weigh-in inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 5, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Francisco Rivera walks to the Octagon to face Urijah Faber in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: (R-L) Urijah Faber knees Francisco Rivera in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: (R-L) Francisco Rivera punches Urijah Faber in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Urijah Faber hits Francisco Rivera in their fight during the UFC 181 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: (R-L) Urijah Faber kicks Francisco Rivera in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Urijah Faber (right) reacts to his victory over Francisco Rivera (left) in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Francisco Rivera looks on against Urijah Faber in their fight during the UFC 181 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Francisco Rivera kicks Urijah Faber in their fight during the UFC 181 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Francisco Rivera hits Urijah Faber in their fight during the UFC 181 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Urijah Faber kicks Francisco Rivera in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Urijah Faber (blue shorts) reacts to his victory over Francisco Rivera (bottom) in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Francisco Rivera kicks Urijah Faber in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Urijah Faber (blue shorts) reacts to his victory over Francisco Rivera (bottom) in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Urijah Faber (blue shorts) attempts to submit Francisco Rivera in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Urijah Faber (blue shorts) elbows Francisco Rivera in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Urijah Faber (blue shorts) attempts to submit Francisco Rivera in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Francisco Rivera reacts to his loss to Urijah Faber in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Urijah Faber (left) is declared the winner over Francisco Rivera (right) in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Francisco Rivera reacts after losing to Urijah Faber in their fight during the UFC 181 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Francisco Rivera reacts to his loss to Urijah Faber in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Francisco Rivera reacts to his loss to Urijah Faber in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Urijah Faber and Francisco Rivera speak after their bantamweight bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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In the final prelim at UFC 181, Franisco Rivera was submitted by Urijah Faber in the second round. Rivera will appear the loss after a clear eye poke.

Francisco Rivera took a poke to the eye from Urijah Faber on Saturday night. The eye poke led to a flurry by Faber and ultimately the fight ending choke.

The replay showed a clear eye poke from Faber, who admitted he poked his opponent in the eye, but referee Mario Yamasaki did not see the foul. Because of that, the fight continued and Faber was declared the winner.


Because of the way the fight ended, Rivera plans on appealing his loss with the athletic commission.

"When I felt it, I covered myself," Rivera told Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting. "I was trying to tell the ref: 'My eye! My eye!' I felt Faber hitting me. I couldn't see. He was on my left side and I couldn't see out of my left eye."

"I don't know what the hell happened. It felt like all his fingers were in my eyes. That's how bad it is."

Prior to the eye poke, Rivera was having great success.

Rivera was comfortable on his feet and had avoided Faber's grappling, and we was very aware of how well he was doing before the eye poke changed it all.

While the Nevada State Athletic Commission is highly unlikely to overturn the result of the fight, the UFC should grant Rivera a rematch against Faber so we can see how - what appeared to be an exciting fight - would have played out without the foul.

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