Jorge Rivera Goes Out With a Bang

Written by Tom Ngo
January 20th, 2012

UFC Middleweight Jorge Rivera

Win, lose or draw, Friday night’s fight with Eric Schafer was going to mark Jorge Rivera’s (Pictured) final mixed martial arts fight. With Father Time knocking on his door, the 39-year-old decided to put a pounding on Schafer.

After getting outwrestled in the opening five minutes, Rivera rallied in the 2ndRound after Schafer was careless on a single-leg takedown attempt. “El Conquistador” started laying the lumber and it was a wrap shortly after that.

“I told myself coming in tonight to just relax, let it all hang out and hopefully walk away with a win,” Rivera expressed. “I’ve had a wonderful career, and I’m very grateful to the UFC, but I don’t want to do this anymore.

“This job isn’t easy. I’m ready to put my time in being a husband and father.”

The former “The Ultimate Fighter 4” contestant retires with a respectable 20-9 professional record. Besides his skills inside of the cage, Rivera is also one of the most respected and liked athletes outside of it.

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