Cameron Sevilla-Rivera eyes stoppage win at CageSport 58, PFL deal within 12 months

Cameron Sevilla-Rivera is quickly establishing himself as a welterweight prospect to watch. After three stoppage victories in his first four pro fights, he takes the next step in his journey Saturday at CageSport 58. Before that, he sat down with FightBook MMA.

What did you take away from your most recent fight?

Not to sound boastful, but I’m an A-level fighter who had a C-minus performance, and he’s a C-plus fighter who had a C-plus performance. He did everything right to get the win, so hats off to him, but I didn’t fight my fight, and I paid the price for it.

In a way is it good to get your first career loss out of the way relatively early in your career?

I had a lot of outside things going on heading into that fight, and I learned that, as a professional, it’s my responsibility to compartmentalize everything when it’s time to compete. I lost a split decision to an undefeated fighter. That’s not the worst thing that can happen, and I learned a valuable lesson. I’d say I learned it gracefully.

What’s the most likely outcome for your upcoming fight?

I’m hoping for a Pettis-Ferguson type fight. He’s a skilled opponent and it’s a classic grappler-versus-striker matchup. I’m expecting an initial rush and a lot of pressure, but I believe I have more tools to beat him. I’m looking for the finish, as always.

How’s it going to feel to get back in the win column?

It’s going to feel great — it’s going to feel exactly how it’s supposed to feel, exactly how it didn’t feel after my most recent fight.

Where would you like to be as a fighter one year from today?

I’d like to be under contract with PFL. I think that’s where I’ll deserve to be, and that will be a great place to build my name and climb up the ranks. If I’m not there by this time next year, I’ll feel like I’ve failed as an athlete and goal-setter. I believe I have all the tools to make that happen, so I’ll be very disappointed if it doesn’t happen.