David Rivera has picked up a handful of different fighting styles through his career.

From grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu to kickboxing, wrestling and Mauy Thai, it all made the 26-year-old a well-rounded mixed martial arts competitor, but it was the addition of boxing recently which be believes helped him make the most of a title belt opportunity and become the first MMA title holder from Alice.

Rivera defeated Guerro Garcia of Victoria for the135-pound bantam weight championship Saturday at the Texas Clash Bash VII in Sinton. Rivera won by unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28. Rivera fights out of Fit2Fight in Alice and is coached by Polo Sanchez and Tommy Guerrero.

“Grappling is my world,” said Rivera, who won his first fight by submission in only 40 seconds. “With boxing, I’m able to strike more and stand toe-to-toe with my opponent and fight.

Rivera has been a life-long fan of MMA, and spent much of his childhood fighting friends and relatives for fun before getting serious about the sport about a year and a half ago.

“I just fell in love with the sport,” Rivera said.

Rivera injured a foot in the fight so he will have a state-mandated six-week break, but he has plans of getting back in the ring to either defend his belt or challenge a belt holder in a heavier weight class.

“I’m going to do some big things,” he said. “It’s not easy to go up in weight, but I think I can do it.”