Win or lose, UFC on FX 1's Jorge Rivera set to retire

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Bubbles
1/20/12 3:44:52PM
Jorge Rivera (19-9 MMA, 7-7 UFC) has decided to call it a career after his fight with Eric Schafer (12-6-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC) tonight on UFC on FX 1.

The veteran announced the news today on MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).

Rivera has often flirted with the idea but made up his mind recently.

"I've thought about this for a long time," Rivera said. "If I would have won my last fight, I would have walked away. But that's not how it worked out, and I just told myself I would leave no matter what happens.

"It's time to go. I'm starting to feel like that old man in the club trying to pick up chicks. It gets a little creepy after a while."

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Budgellism
1/20/12 4:38:41PM
19-10 isn't a bad way to go out
Poor_Franklin
1/20/12 4:54:25PM
always liked Jorge. hope he can go out on a win & i love seeing someone go out on their own terms.
Hendo67
1/20/12 5:15:02PM
Always enjoyed Jorge, i'm rooting for him... Seems like a very good sport!
shaneTpain
1/20/12 5:40:10PM
I always get a little misty eyed watching retirement fights lets hope he wins
MaxOne
1/20/12 5:43:12PM

Posted by shaneTpain

I always get a little misty eyed watching retirement fights lets hope he wins




I just cry like a baby. It's weird because it even sounds like a baby.
BuffaloDave
1/20/12 6:01:51PM
Let's hope he pulls a Lytle not a Couture on the retirement fight.
jay98107
1/20/12 10:16:11PM

Posted by Budgellism

19-10 isn't a bad way to go out



Neither is 20-9
Budgellism
1/20/12 11:38:54PM

Posted by jay98107


Posted by Budgellism

19-10 isn't a bad way to go out



Neither is 20-9



Schafer really pissed me off in this one. He just fell apart in the 2nd after getting hit. Very frustrating. Same with my Morecraft pick. Both looked good then boom.
TeamDEY
1/21/12 12:29:49AM
I don't think he'll retire
Kpro
1/21/12 12:42:18AM
How many other guys can claim at least 15 fights in the UFC with a winning record. The list has gotta be something like Hughes/Ortiz/GSP/Penn/Liddell/Franklin/?

Anderson & Forrest are one fight away from 15. He's really the only one that stands out among the crowd as a non HOF'er, unless someone can point another guy like him out, so I think that's a solid career.
prozacnation1978
1/21/12 12:57:07AM
A true Ufc vet.
Glad to.see.him fight live
lohmann
1/21/12 7:53:59AM

Posted by Kpro

How many other guys can claim at least 15 fights in the UFC with a winning record. The list has gotta be something like Hughes/Ortiz/GSP/Penn/Liddell/Franklin/?



I wanted to say Lytle, but when I looked him up he ended his run at exactly .500 (10-10). Fairly soon, a lot of fighters will be hitting 15; Guillard hit his tonight, I think, but regardless, Rivera is a relic from the past, when getting a fight in the UFC depended on room in their relatively tight schedule.

Rivera was always really odd for me to watch. He seemed perpetually caught in slow motion. It always seemed like he was fighting at half-speed, everybody could see the punch he was about to throw, but he his opponent anyway.
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