by Adam Martin
This won’t come as a surprise to many, but veteran lightweight Aaron Riley has finally decided to call it a career as the Team Greg Jackson product announced on Twitter after his UFC on FOX 8 decision loss to Justin Salas that he’s finished with MMA.
Here’s what Riley wrote:
“Fight my last MMA fight tonight. It’s been fun but after 16 years I’m calling it good. Thanks to everyone who ever supported my career.”
Riley (30-14-1) started competing as a professional mixed martial artist when he was only 16 years old, having first fought for the old HOOKnSHOOT promotion all the way back in 1997. Since then, the 32-year-old has taken his talents all over the world as he’s competed for organizations such as the UFC, PRIDE, Bodog and the IFL. Known for his exciting fighting style and ability to produce memorable fights, Riley won five fights by knockout and 14 fights by submission and although he has a lot of Ls on his record, many of his losses came to fighters who would go on to have good careers themselves.
Riley will best be remembered for his spirited wars with Yves Edwards in HOOKnSHOOT, two of the best MMA fights of all time, but he also had a decent UFC career even though his 3-6 record inside the Octagon may not suggest it.
Look for Riley to continue on in the sport of MMA in some capacity, possibly doing some coaching at Jackson’s or maybe even getting into the commentary booth because this is a true veteran of the sport and we can all learn a lot from his experiences in the cage over the past 16 years.
What are your thoughts?