Two top ranked bantamweights will clash at the upcoming FOX UFC Fight Night card in New York when Jimmie Rivera meets Thomas Almeida on July 22 at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.

The new fight was first announced via Newsday on Tuesday.

Rivera (20-1) has been flawless thus far in his UFC career with four consecutive wins including a victory over new UFC Hall of Fame inductee Urijah Faber this past September.

Rivera has been clamoring for a big fight as he continues his climb up the bantamweight rankings and now he'll face one of the most dangerous threats the divison has to offer.

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Almeida (22-1) has been one of the most thrilling fighters competing at 135 pounds since his arrival in the UFC nearly three years ago.

Most recently, Almeida dispatched Albert Morales in the second round, which marked his 17th career victory by way of knockout or TKO.

Almeida's only setback in the UFC came to current bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt, but now he's ready to resume his course towards title contention as he faces a tough challenge in Rivera in July.

It will be the first time the UFC has visited the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island with more fights expected to be announced in the coming weeks for the upcoming event.


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