Jorge Rivera (fighter)
Rivera in 2009
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|Other names||El Conquistador|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||73.0 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Milford, Massachusetts|
|Rank||brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
February 28, 1972 |
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||???-1991|
|Unit||19k Tank, A/1-70 Armor, 5th Infantry Division|
|Other work||Professional Mixed martial arts|
Jorge Luis Rivera (born February 28, 1972) is a retired American mixed martial artist who competed in the Middleweight division. Perhaps best known for his 12-fight stint in the UFC, he was also featured on The Ultimate Fighter 4, after competing for Cage Warriors and Cage Rage in England.
Rivera is originally from Puerto Rico, and has two younger brothers and a younger sister. After living in Puerto Rico for a short time, Rivera and his family moved to Boston, Massachusetts, then Bellingham, Massachusetts before finally settling down in Milford, Massachusetts. Being one of the ethnic minorities in these towns, the Rivera children often got into street fights. Still a young man, Rivera ended up in prison from charges of car theft. When he was 25 years old, Rivera began training in mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Rivera's first sanctioned fight was in 2001, when he was 29 years old against Branden Lee Hinkle in Chester, West Virginia. Lee Hinkle, who had been fighting professionally for three years, also had the legendary Mark Coleman in his corner. Rivera landed a solid straight right hand early, that knocked out Lee Hinkle's mouthpiece and caused him to stumble, but then responded using his wrestling, picking up and slamming Rivera. Lee Hinkle then proceeded to land many punches that caused referee Din Thomas to stop the fight, making Lee Hinkle the winner by TKO. 
Rivera's first fight in the UFC was a unanimous decision victory over David Loiseau at UFC 44. He then followed up with back-to-back submission losses to Lee Murray at UFC 46 and Rich Franklin at UFC 50 before rebounding with a unanimous decision win over Dennis Hallman at UFC 55.
Rivera was defeated by Chris Leben by technical knockout before appearing on The Ultimate Fighter 4 as a Middleweight contestant. Although Rivera was not successful in achieving a slot in the middleweight finals, he appeared on the live card of The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale, defeating Edwin DeWees by technical knockout in the first round. Jorge then was defeated by Terry Martin by KO via an uppercut at UFC 67, fourteen seconds into round one. Jorge broke his jaw from the knockout punch and did not compete until UFC 80, where he knocked out heavy favorite Kendall Grove in the first round. He went 4–3 after the upset, with wins over Eric Schafer, Nate Quarry, Nissen Osterneck and submission artist Rob Kimmons, with his only losses since coming from top level opponents Martin Kampmann, Michael Bisping, and Costa Philippou.
On February 27, 2011 at UFC 127 Rivera lost to Michael Bisping by way of TKO at 1:54 in the 2nd round. Weeks before he was set to fight Bisping, Rivera made some videos mocking and insulting Bisping and his family.
The bout between Rivera and Sakara had been rescheduled again for August 6, 2011 at UFC 133. Before Rivera's fight against Sakara, Rivera mentioned that he may retire from the sport after his next fight due to his age. Rivera instead faced Costa Philippou. He lost the fight via split decision.
Rivera faced Eric Schafer on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX 1. After a dominant first round from Schafer due to takedowns and ground control, Rivera turned the fight around in the second round and won by TKO due to punches.
Following the fight, Rivera retired from mixed martial arts competition.
Championships and accomplishments
- United States Mixed Martial Arts
- USMMA Light Heavyweight Championship (One time; First)
- HnS Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- Eruption Middleweight Championship (One time, First)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||20 wins||9 losses|
|Win||20–9||Eric Schafer||TKO (punches)||UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller||January 20, 2012||2||1:31||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||19–9||Costa Philippou||Decision (split)||UFC 133||August 6, 2011||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Loss||19–8||Michael Bisping||TKO (punches)||UFC 127||February 27, 2011||2||1:54||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||19–7||Nate Quarry||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi||March 31, 2010||2||0:29||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||18–7||Rob Kimmons||TKO (punches)||UFC 104||October 24, 2009||3||1:53||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||17–7||Nissen Osterneck||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann||April 1, 2009||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||16–7||Martin Kampmann||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 85||June 7, 2008||1||2:44||London, England|
|Win||16–6||Kendall Grove||KO (punches)||UFC 80||January 19, 2008||1||1:20||Newcastle, England|
|Loss||15–6||Terry Martin||KO (punches)||UFC 67||February 3, 2007||1||0:14||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–5||Edwin Dewees||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback Finale||November 11, 2006||1||2:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–5||Timothy Williams||TKO (punches)||WFL – Real: No Fooling Around||April 1, 2006||1||3:50||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||13–5||Chris Leben||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night 3||January 16, 2006||1||1:44||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–4||Dennis Hallman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 55: Fury||October 7, 2005||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||12–4||Marcelo Azevedo||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Rage 13||September 10, 2005||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||11–4||Danny Vega||Technical submission (arm-triangle choke)||WFL: Unleashed||August 6, 2005||1||0:47||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||10–4||Anderson Silva||TKO (knees and punches)||Cage Rage 11||April 30, 2005||2||3:53||London, England|
|Win||10–3||Alex Reid||KO (punches)||Cage Rage 10||February 26, 2005||1||0:41||London, England|
|Loss||9–3||Rich Franklin||Submission (armbar)||UFC 50||October 22, 2004||3||4:28||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||9–2||Mark Weir||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Cage Rage 7||July 10, 2004||1||5:00||London, England|
|Win||8–2||James Gabert||TKO (punches)||MMA: Eruption||April 30, 2004||3||4:10||Lowell, Massachusetts, United States||Won vacant Eruption Middleweight Championship|
|Loss||7–2||Lee Murray||Submission (triangle armbar)||UFC 46||January 31, 2004||1||1:45||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–1||David Loiseau||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 44||September 26, 2003||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–1||Solomon Hutcherson||KO (punches)||USMMA 3: Ring of Fury||May 3, 2003||1||3:01||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||5–1||Andy Lagden||Submission (rear naked choke)||CWFC 2 - Fists of Fury||Nov 30, 2002||1||N/A||London, England|
|Win||4–1||Travis Lutter||TKO (punches)||USMMA 2: Ring of Fury||September 21, 2002||3||3:46||Lowell, Massachusetts, United States||Won HnS Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||3–1||Joe Nye||TKO (punches)||USMMA 1: Ring of Fury||May 18, 2002||1||0:52||Lowell, Massachusetts, United States||Won USMMA Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||2–1||Brian Hawkins||KO (punches)||TFC FightZone: Back in the Zone||March 22, 2002||1||N/A||Toledo, Ohio, United States|
|Win||1–1||Elias Rivera||TKO (punches)||Mass Destruction 3||March 22, 2002||1||6:50||Springfield, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Branden Lee Hinkle||TKO (corner stoppage)||RSF 2: Attack at the Track||June 23, 2001||2||1:54||Chester, West Virginia, United States|
- . mmamania.com. July 6, 2009 http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/11/07/my-first-fight-jorge-rivera/in/2561780. Missing or empty
- Morgan, John (2010-05-04). "Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara targeted for August's UFC 118 in Boston". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
- "Jorge Rivera pulls out of 118 with a broken arm". mmajunkie.com. July 23, 2010.
- "Gerald Harris steps in for injured Jorge Rivera, faces Alessio Sakara at UFC 118". mmajunkie.com. July 23, 2010.
- "Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara agree to meet at UFC 122 in Germany". mmajunkie.com. August 23, 2010.
- "Alessio Sakara Out of UFC 122 With Illness". Mmafighting.com. 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
- "Michael Bisping tells Jorge Rivera to go home after TKO victory at UFC 127 | UFC News". ESPN.co.uk. 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
- "Michael Bisping Vs. Jorge Rivera Set To Go Down At UFC 127 In Australia". mmaweekly.com. November 23, 2010.
- "Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara Finally Meet at UFC 133 in August". mmaweekly.com. April 12, 2011.
- "With Alessio Sakara out, Costa Philippou faces Jorge Rivera at UFC 133". MMA Junkie. July 25, 2011.
- "Jorge Rivera vs. Eric Schafer targeted for UFC on FX 1". mmajunkie.com. November 29, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
- John Morgan & Dann Stupp (January 20, 2012). "UFC on FX 1 results: Rivera survives early trouble, registers TKO win in final fight". MMAjunkie.com.
- Duggan, Dan (2009-03-22). "Jorge Rivera fighting through tragedy". BostonHerald.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
- Janessa's obituary