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Aaron Riley Surprised By Negative Feedback From Retirement Announcement

Aaron Riley knew regardless of the ending at UFC on FOX 8, it was the end of his career. Following his split-decision loss to Justin Salas, Riley made the announcement on Twitter. What he didn’t take into account, was the negative out lash from some fans.

“With all the influx of fans, these days when you lose a fight you’ve got people on Twitter telling you that you suck, saying, ‘I’m happy you got you’re a– kicked,’ and they’re pretty brutal sometimes,” said Riley to MMA Junkie. “After enough of that stuff, you sometimes forget there are people out there who actually appreciate you. I just didn’t feel like that many people cared one way or another if it was my last fight or not.”

It was a 16 year career that saw Riley go 30-14-1. After a few short stints in the UFC, Riley became a more prominent figure starting in 2008. His final UFC run saw him go 3-3 and ends off a pair of losses.

UFC on FOX 8 was July 27 from the KeyArena in Seattle, WA.