December 9, 1980|
Tell City, Indiana, United States
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||69.0 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
Jackson's Submission Fighting|
American Top Team (formerly)
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Aaron Matthew Riley (born December 9, 1980) is a retired American mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor from 1997-2013, he has also formerly competed in PRIDE, the IFL, Shooto, and BodogFIGHT. Aside from mixed martial arts, Riley has also competed in professional boxing.
Riley was born and raised in Tell City, Indiana. Growing up, he watched the UFC since its first event in 1993, and fell in love with the sport of mixed martial arts. Riley competed in boxing, winning a Golden Gloves Championship, and also competed in wrestling for three years at Tell City High School.
Mixed martial arts career
Riley made his professional debut in 1997 at the age of 16 for the HOOKnSHOOT organization. He received his first career loss in his second fight via kneebar, and then won ten consecutive fights. Riley then lost two consecutive fights against future UFC veterans Yves Edwards and Falaniko Vitale.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Riley made his UFC debut against future EliteXC Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 37. Riley lost the fight via unanimous decision. Four years later, he fought again for the organization against Spencer Fisher at UFC Fight Night 3, and lost via TKO.
Pride Fighting Championships, BodogFIGHT, and the IFL
Riley made his PRIDE debut at PRIDE Bushido 7 against Michihiro Omigawa, who was making his mixed martial arts debut. Riley was successful in his first and only fight with the Japanese organization, winning via head kick knockout in the first round.
Riley then participated in two bouts for the BodogFIGHT organization. His first fight was in Costa Rica, which he won via armbar and then fought against future Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez, but lost via knockout.
Return to the UFC
A rematch with Nelson was scheduled immediately, for UFC 101, which Riley won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
At UFC 105 he was defeated by TUF winner Ross Pearson via TKO in the second round after a flying knee by Pearson opened up several cuts on Riley's face. Doctors viewed the cuts on Riley's face, and came to the conclusion that he was unable to continue.
Riley then rebounded with a unanimous decision win over Joe Brammer on May 29, 2010 at UFC 114.
Riley was defeated by Tony Ferguson on September 24, 2011 at UFC 135. While the fight was competitive early, Ferguson landed a strong left uppercut, and Ferguson dominated the remaining two minutes of the round. Immediately after the end of the first round, Riley told his corner that his jaw was broken. The fight was declared a TKO victory for Ferguson, as ringside doctors would not allow Riley to continue. Riley had previously suffered a broken jaw when he fought Spencer Fisher at UFC Fight Night 3.
Riley was expected to face Cody McKenzie on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. However, Riley was pulled from the event and replaced by promotional newcomer Marcus LeVesseur.
After nearly two years away from the sport, Riley returned to face Justin Salas on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8. He lost the back-and-forth fight by split decision. He retired from MMA fighting following his loss to Salas.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|45 matches||30 wins||14 losses|
|Loss||30–14–1||Justin Salas||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga||July 27, 2013||3||5:00||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Loss||30–13–1||Tony Ferguson||TKO (corner stoppage)||UFC 135||September 24, 2011||1||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||30–12–1||Joe Brammer||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 114||May 29, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||29–12–1||Ross Pearson||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 105||November 14, 2009||2||4:34||Manchester, England|
|Win||29–11–1||Shane Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 101||August 8, 2009||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||28–11–1||Shane Nelson||TKO (punches)||UFC 96||March 7, 2009||1||0:44||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||28–10–1||Jorge Gurgel||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 91||November 15, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||27–10–1||Steve Claveau||Decision (unanimous)||Xtreme MMA 5||September 13, 2008||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||26–10–1||Thiago Meller||Decision (unanimous)||UWC: Invasion||April 26, 2008||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||25–10–1||Ryan Schultz||Decision (unanimous)||IFL: 2007 Team Championship Final||September 20, 2007||3||4:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Loss||25–9–1||Eddie Alvarez||KO (punches)||BodogFIGHT: USA vs Russia||December 2, 2006||1||1:05||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||For BodogFIGHT Welterweight Championship|
|Win||25–8–1||Darrell Smith||Submission (armbar)||BodogFIGHT: To the Brink of War||August 22, 2006||2||2:40||Costa Rica|
|Loss||25–8–1||Spencer Fisher||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC Fight Night 3||January 16, 2006||1||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||24–7–1||Michihiro Omigawa||KO (head kick)||PRIDE Bushido 7||May 22, 2005||1||6:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||23–7–1||Andrew Chappelle||Decision||HOOKnSHOOT: Arnold Classic||March 4, 2005||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||22–7–1||Maicon Alarcao||TKO (injury)||AFC: Brazil 1||August 28, 2004||1||4:10||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||21–7–1||Nuri Shakir||Decision (unanimous)||HOOKnSHOOT: Live||March 27, 2004||3||5:00||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||20–7–1||Sam Morgan||Submission (armbar)||Shooto USA – Warrior Spirit: Evolution||November 14, 2003||1||2:41||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||20–6–1||Cedric Marks||Submission (armbar)||Combate Extremo||August 30, 2003||1||1:40||New Mexico|
|Win||19–6–1||Nick Gilardi||Submission (punches)||PPKA: Ultimate Fight Night||June 28, 2003||2||1:49||Yakima, Washington, United States|
|Loss||18–6–1||Chris Lytle||KO (punch)||HOOKnSHOOT: Boot Camp 1.1||March 8, 2003||1||3:31||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||18–5–1||Alexandre Barros||Decision (unanimous)||HOOKnSHOOT: Absolute Fighting Championships 1||December 13, 2002||3||5:00||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Loss||17–5–1||Robbie Lawler||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 37||May 10, 2002||3||5:00||Bossier City, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||17–4–1||Mike Willus||TKO (strikes)||HOOKnSHOOT: Kings 1||November 17, 2001||1||N/A||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||16–4–1||Yves Edwards||Decision (unanimous)||HOOKnSHOOT: Showdown||July 14, 2001||3||5:00||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||16–3–1||Earl Thompson||Submission (armbar)||UFCF: War 2001||April 21, 2001||1||2:08||Kirkland, Washington, United States|
|Win||15–3–1||Steve Berger||Decision (unanimous)||HOOKnSHOOT: Triumph||August 19, 2000||3||5:00||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||14–3–1||Aaron Stregles||KO (punches)||Talon Challenge 2||July 14, 2000||1||N/A||Harlingen, Texas, United States|
|Win||13–3–1||Jeremy Bennett||KO (punches)||HOOKnSHOOT: Double Fury 1||March 17, 2000||1||N/A||United States|
|Win||12–3–1||Colin O'Rourke||Decision (majority)||WEF 8: Goin' Platinum||January 15, 2000||3||4:00||Rome, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||11–3–1||Falaniko Vitale||TKO (punches)||RITC 2: Marching of the Warriors||October 15, 1999||1||7:06||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||11–2–1||Yves Edwards||Decision||HOOKnSHOOT: Texas Heat||October 2, 1999||1||20:00||Texas, United States|
|Win||11–1–1||Joe Merit||Submission (armbar)||Lionheart Invitational||September 1, 1999||1||2:24||Georgia, United States|
|Draw||10–1–1||CJ Fernandes||Draw||Submission Fighting Championships 8||August 7, 1999||1||15:00||Belleville, Illinois, United States|
|Win||10–1||Billy Johnson||Submission (strikes)||HOOKnSHOOT: Breakout||July 24, 1999||1||2:10||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||9–1||Rob Tallack||TKO (punches)||Kakidamisi 1: Samurai Challenge||July 11, 1999||1||2:52||United States|
|Win||8–1||Tony Apponte||Submission (strikes)||Extreme Shootout||June 25, 1999||1||7:31||McAllen, Texas, United States|
|Win||7–1||James Julian||Submission (armbar)||Submission Fighting Championships 6||April 30, 1999||1||N/A||O'Fallon, Illinois, United States|
|Win||6–1||Shane Garrett||Decision (unanimous)||HOOKnSHOOT: Horizon||March 20, 1999||1||20:00||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||5–1||Phil Stroffolino||Submission (strikes)||HOOKnSHOOT: Eruption||November 7, 1998||1||3:27||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||4–1||Brian Boclair||Submission (armbar)||HOOKnSHOOT: Quest||August 14, 1998||1||1:35||United States|
|Win||3–1||Chris Mounce||Submission (keylock)||HOOKnSHOOT: N-Vision||June 12, 1998||N/A||N/A||United States|
|Win||2–1||Billy Johnson||Submission (armbar)||HOOKnSHOOT: Elite||September 20, 1997||1||5:08||Indiana, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Mario Roberto||Submission (kneebar)||HOOKnSHOOT: When Worlds Collide||July 18, 1997||N/A||N/A||United States|
|Win||1–0||Chris Malgieri||Submission (heel hook)||HOOKnSHOOT: When Worlds Collide||July 18, 1997||N/A||N/A||United States|
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