Jorge Rivera lived a parent's worst nightmare when he lost his 17-year-old daughter Janessa last August. He somehow had to find the motivation to train and eventually step back into the cage. He got a win at Ultimate Fight Night 18 over Nissen Osterneck but walked away with a jacked up shoulder. He told MMAJunkie Radio that he has to get surgery:
"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."
Sources within the UFC sounded concerned for Rivera's safety in the future after the fight at UFN 18. The word "retire" came up in the conversation but Rivera (16-7, 5-5 UFC) sounds like he wants to fight at least one more year:
"I think this might be my last year. I just want to buckle down, push real hard for this one year, and see what I can do."
Cage Writer spoke with Rivera (pictured on the right) before UFN 18 where he elaborated on how tough the last eight months have been and how important the family atmosphere at his training home Sityodtong has been in trying to recover.
Listen to Rivera speak about the tragedy with his daughter (ESPNRadio1100):
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