Boston Herald writer Mark Daniels recently caught up with Jorge Rivera, who has been mostly silent since his controversial loss to heated rival Michael Bisping this past February.
During their interview, the 39-year-old revealed that he is strongly considering retirement as a result of his foul-filled TKO loss to “The Count.”
“I’ve been thinking that this might be the last fight,” Rivera said of his impending bout against Italian striker Alessio Sakara. “I’m going to give it all I’ve got,” Rivera said. “The last fight left me kind of flat. Other than being sick of fighting, I’m not sure I want to do that. I’m getting to 40-years-old now. I don’t want to be taking unnecessary blows to the head. I want to come out with a W and maybe take one or two big fights and then I’m done.”
“El Conquistador” admitted that the defeat against Bisping has worn on him a great deal; Rivera helmed a trash-talking campaign in the lead up to the fight aided by a series of YouTube videos produced by his sponsor Ranger Up, which drew a lot of eyes to their fight and riled Bisping up considerably.
Once they actually took to the cage, Bisping ran away with the fight, but landed a blatantly illegal knee to the head of a downed Rivera, which sucked most of the life out of “El Conquistador.” It was only a matter of time afterward before Bisping put Rivera away with strikes and went on a spit-laced tirade aimed at Rivera and his cornermen. Unsurprisingly, none of this sits well with Rivera.
“I needed some time off after my last fight. To lose to someone like that was just (explicit) awful,” Rivera said. “And people think I deserved to lose because I was talking smack and I was. It was all for the fight, to sell the fight. People wanted to see that fight. Some wanted to see me get my a** kicked. Some people wanted to see me whoop his a** but I didn’t care. As long as people wanted to see the fight.
“When it comes to the fight time I’m going to be there. I’m going to fight and I’m going to fight clean. I’m not a dirty fighter. Bisping was really inexcusable. And I haven’t really spoken out about it at all. It was pitiful. He went to my corner after he kneed me and the head and talked sh**. He purposely kneed me, goes over to my corner and tells them that. Then he says after that it was unintentional. It’s hard for me to respect the guy. It’s hard for me to like him.”
Rivera will meet “Legionarius” on August 6 at UFC 133: Evans vs. Davis at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.