If you’re a Jorge Rivera fan, you might want to find a way to watch the UFC on FX 1 prelims on FUEL TV tonight because it’s going to be the last time you see him fight.
Reason being Rivera announced on MMA Junkie radio today that he is retiring tonight whether he wins or loses to Eric Schaefer on the UFC on FX 1 preliminary card.
“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.”
“I’ve had a great time,” he said. “I absolutely love the fans. I love everything about this job. It’s going to be hard to be away from it. And I hope to be back cornering somebody else, but this will be the last time I fight.”
Sadly, Rivera says he does have a lot of regrets about his UFC career. He wishes he would have took his training more seriously and never realized the opportunity he had in front of him until it was too late. Nevertheless, Rivera has the chance to go out with a win tonight, a rare occurrence in professional sports, and taste the sweet thrill of victory one last time.
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Update: In case you missed it, Jorge Rivera finished out his career with a win over Eric Schafer at UFC on FX 1. Here’s Rivera talking about the victory and retirement at the post-fight press conference via MMA Weekly.