UFC Lightweight Aaron Riley Retires After 45 Professional Fights
Aaron Riley, 32, announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts following a split decision loss to Justin Salas at UFC on FOX 8. Riley boasted a professional record of 30-14, with one draw.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
UFC lightweight fighter, Aaron Riley, announced his retirement from MMA Saturday night following a split decision loss to Justin Salas at UFC on FOX 8.
Riley made the announcement via Twitter saying, “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.”
The 32-year-old Riley began fighting in 1997, going on a 10-1 tear to begin his career. He has fought under the Pride, IFL, Shooto and UFC banners, as well as several others. He is a member of the HOOKnSHOOT organization’s Hall of Fame.
Riley has fought a number of top fighters, including Yves Edwards, Robbie Lawler and Spencer Fisher. He ended his career with 7 fights in the UFC, going 3-4 to bring his overall UFC record to 3-6.
Though his UFC record may not reflect the entire career of Aaron Riley, his fights certainly demonstrated his relentless style, something fans will remember far longer than his wins and losses.