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It's been a tough year for UFC middleweight Jorge Rivera -- but don't think for a second that back-to-back losses or a 39th birthday are enough to keep him out of the cage.
The longtime mixed martial arts veteran, who made his Octagon debut with a unanimous decision win over Canadian "Crow" David Loiseau way back at UFC 44: "Undisputed" in September of 2003, found himself on the losing end of a frustrating split decision loss to Constantinos Philippou at UFC 133 last Saturday night in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
But this is the fight game and losing comes with the territory.
Rivera's management made a strong statement when asked about the possibility of seeing the popular Massachusetts mauler hanging up the gloves for good.
In short, he's not going anywhere just yet.
Jorge Rivera is not done fighting and will remain in the UFC. He appreciates everyone's support and has no plans to retire just yet.
After an inconsistent run through the latter part of the last decade, "El Conquistador" strung together three consecutive victories, including an emphatic knockout win over Nate Quarry at UFC Fight Night 21 in March of 2010.
Getting a piece of "The Rock" catapulted him into a high-profile showdown against middleweight bad boy Michael Bisping at UFC 127, which ended in controversy thanks to an unintentional foul and a flying loogey.
Nevertheless, Rivera was defeated by technical knockout and alluded to his retirement in some of the pre-fight press he did prior to his fight against Philippou.
Heart, meet change.
Rivera is here to stay -- but who do you, as a fan, want to see him fight next?