UFC veteran Jorge Rivera announced his retirement from the sport this evening after getting back to winning ways with a TKO victory over Eric Schafer to end his career on a high.

The announcement that this was to be his bout didn’t come as a surprise as he had revealed prior to the evening’s encounter that this would be the last time he’d compete in the Octagon, win or lose.

The 39 year-old has fought professionally since 2001 and first entered the UFC in September of 2003 at UFC 44 where he picked up a decision win over David Loiseau.

He then made sporadic appearances for the promotion until 2006 when he was invited to be a cast member on a special fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter focusing on past UFC competitors looking for another chance in the organization.

Rivera failed to make an impression on show, but was invited back to the finale where he defeated Edwin Dewees by TKO, and he’s been in the UFC ever since.

In total Rivera fought 29 times, going 20-9 as a whole and 8-7 in the UFC.