UFC middleweight Jorge Rivera, who last week picked up a split decision victory over Nissen Osterneck at UFC Fight Night 18, recently told MMA Junkie that he’ll soon undergo shoulder surgery before making one final run before retiring following a professional career that has spanned more than eight years.
“My left shoulder, my AC (acromioclavicular) Joint is blown,” Rivera said. “Right now I’m going to be out six weeks for the surgery alone, then I’ll get back into training and hopefully get a fight soon.”
“I think this might be my last year,” Rivera continued. “I just want to buckle down, push real hard for this one year, and see what I can do.”
Rivera (16-7) has gone 2-2 in his last four bouts, earning victories over Osterneck and Kendall Grove while dropping bouts to Marting Kampmann and Terry Martin.