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And Now He’s Retired: Jorge Rivera

A likeable person who retired from MMA is now seen with a baseball bat? It’s like a photo negative of Jose Canseco!

Far too often, an athlete will stick around past his or her prime, clinging to the idea that he or she can still dominate if given the opportunity. While this isn’t exclusive to mixed martial arts by any means, it’s especially notable in the sport. Fighters are practically bred to believe that when they’re losing, it’s just because they’re in a rut, and when they snap the losing streak, it’s a sign that things are going right for them again. Our acceptance, and often encouragement, of this idea only makes it easier for the fighters themselves to accept it. The end result is usually cringing after watching an older, slower fighter suffer yet another vicious knockout in a half empty arena known for housing a minor league sports team.    

Fortunately, Jorge Rivera knows his limits as an athlete, and has officially retired from our sport. He first announced his intention to retire, regardless of the outcome of his fight with Eric “Red” Shafer, on Friday’s edition of radio. After punching out Shafer in the second round of their undercard tilt last night, Rivera made the move official to announcer Jon Anik.

It’s fitting that Jorge Rivera would retire in a manner similar to Chris Lytle’s retirement, as both fighters had similar careers. Much like Lytle, Rivera was a fan favorite known for his exciting finishes, even though he was a mid-level fighter throughout his career. Jorge Rivera had three runs in the UFC- including a spot on The Ultimate Fighter Four- and finished with an 8-7 record in the promotion (20-9 overall).

A fighter in and out of the cage, Jorge Rivera is a military veteran who still volunteers to visit and train with soldiers overseas. Also, in 2008, his oldest daughter, Jessica, died after a reaction to her medication. Despite nearly retiring from the sport after her death, Rivera went on to win three straight fights against Nissen Osterneck, Rob Kimmons and Nate Quarry.

In celebration of Rivera’s recent string of off camera antics, we’ve posted two of our favorites, as well as an interview filmed after last night’s event. Enjoy.

The Tale of Count Bisping 

Jorge Rivera being So Vain



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Mofo- January 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm
New CP ban, you guys: "And now he’s fired", you guys.
I’m just tired of reading the same empty phrase every week, you guys. It's like an inside joke that isn't a joke and has no inside.
Dagnut- January 23, 2012 at 1:21 am
SnackDaddy- January 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm
He was a funny dude. Well played, sir.
FattyYarborough- January 22, 2012 at 9:15 am
farewell retardo mantalban
sevvi- January 22, 2012 at 5:09 am
sevvi- January 22, 2012 at 5:06 am
I think i just got a bit dumber reading xenophons comment.

I don't think ive ever read a decent post from that guy.

Btw nice to se Rivera go out on a high note. That dude comes to bang no matter the opponent.

And that he had the strenght to carry on fighting on a elite level after the death of his daughter is simply amazing.

"No parent should have to bury their child."
Todd M- January 22, 2012 at 4:37 am
Yeah best of luck Jorge, Xeno you really are a cruel motherfucker.
RwilsonR- January 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm
Thanks for the great fights Jorge. I always enjoyed watching you, and I think you picked a smart time to call it a career. Good luck to you in whatever comes next in your life.
RwilsonR- January 21, 2012 at 7:53 pm
All CagePotato ever does is bash fighters. You are all just a bunch of fat keyboard warriors sitting at a computer in your Mom's basement, typing your bullshit articles with cheeto-stained fingers, criticizing fighters who actually have the balls to get off their ass and get in the cag.......... wait, this wasn't bashing a fighter? You actually wrote a tribute piece to Jorge Rivera,being very complimentary of him and his career? Well then please disregard this comment and the associated post I made calling you a bunch of no-talent hacks on the UG. Since I can't pull down the UG thread, I think I'll just change everywhere it says "CagePotato" to "Bloody Elbow". "No talent hacks" is still a pretty fitting description for them.
bigpoppatom- January 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm
I have been a fan for awhile but when you K.O.d Kendal Grove you made a lot of fans Happy enjoy retirement Jorge
NomadRip- January 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm
Loved watching him fight. Great guy and good for the sport. Glad he leaves on top when he knows he should.
SethF- January 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm
But Indian club would have made my unfunny joke even less funny, you guys!
Omelette Platter- January 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm
@xenophon: your last sentence fails to parse. are you high?

poor jorge rivera decides to retire on the wrong night, gets his farewell interview from anik instead of rogan. sick burn.
amsterdamheavy- January 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm
noname is correct: I swing clubs myself
FightZen- January 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm
Man, I hate Bisbing
noname- January 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm
That's not a baseball bat it's an Indian club.
XENOPHON- January 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm
Adios, and get the fuck out you lucky bastard. He never belonged in televised events in the first place.
Quote: "Rivera was a fan favorite known for his exciting finishes..."
Yeah right, all this hands please raise high. If you not high already.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm
An Amazingly nice guy who deserved to leave on top. Good for him.