Aaron Riley: Journeyman retires from MMA

Jul 27, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Aaron Riley (red tape) lands a right on the chin of Justin Salas (blue tape) during their Lightweight bout at Key Arena. Salas won by split decision. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

After his fight against Justin Salas (11-4) in what could have been a candidate for “Fight of the Night,” UFC veteran Aaron Riley (30-14-1) announced he would be hanging up the gloves.

Riley began his career in 1997 and 16 years after his debut fight against Chris Malgieri at HOOKnSHOOT: When Worlds Collide, he has racked up 30 career wins that include 14 submission victories.

Although he was never a champion, Riley became known for his toughness inside of the cage or ring. He has fought in numerous organizations, including Pride, IFL and Shooto. He has fought some of the top fighters in the lightweight division, including Eddie Alvarez (24-3), Yves Edwards (42-20-1) and Ross Pearson (15-6).

In addition to his victories, Riley is a member of the HOOKnSHOOT Hall of Fame.

We here at Cagepages wish Riley the best in his future.


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Topics: Aaron Riley, Mixed Martial Arts, MMA, Retirememnt, UFC

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