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Jimmie Rivera is set to face Urijah Faber at UFC 203 this September for a fight that could potentially send him into the bantamweight top 10 and closer to a shot at the belt.

"He's getting punched in the face," said Rivera who spoke with "I wanna try to knock him out."

He says he wants to keep the fight on the feet despite the fact that he believes Faber will want to take it to the ground.

"I think my hands are better than his," he said. "I'm going to be ready for it. At the end of the day his name popped up, it's business. I've met him a few times and he's a really cool dude, a nice guy, but I want to be champ and he's next in line."

He said that when UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby called him it wasn't Faber he was shopping around, but Bryan Caraway. He said he gave him a list of four other fighters to choose from if Caraway turned down the fight.

"I looked at the list and Faber was the highest ranked, so obviously I picked him," he said. "I understand when someone is below you, you might turn down the fight; but if the person is above you, you really can't say no."

Faber spoke of the match-up on a recent episode of the MMA Hour.

"This is a game of millimeters and centimeters and I'm already poised and waiting for opportunities," Faber said on the show. "That's why I don't shy away from, I fight guys that no one has ever heard of, I fought guys who are legends like Frankie Edgar. I love this fight game. I'm passionate about it, I feel great about it."

He says he's excited to put on a show and get the win in September.

"Everyone knows who Urijah Faber is, he's a legend," he said. "It makes sense. I have nothing bad to say about him."

Rivera is on a three fight win streak in the UFC and an 18 fight win streak in his pro career. Faber is coming off a loss to bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz but has an astonishing 33-9 record.

The pair will meet Sept. 10 in Cleveland, Ohio for UFC 203.

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