SYDNEY AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 23: Jorge Rivera of the USA speaks during a Press Conference ahead of UFC 127 at Star City on February 23 2011 in Sydney Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Jorge Rivera defeats Eric Schafer by TKO. The stoppage came at 1:31 in the second round.
The big news entering this fight was that no matter the outcome, Jorge Rivera had made up the decision to retire from MMA. The 11 year veteran had fought every top fighter in the division over the course of his career. The first round didn't start out well with Schafer scoring an early takedown and controlling Rivera on the ground. Rivera was able to sweep and do damage on top but the first round was clearly a win for Schafer.
The second round was vintage Rivera. After hitting a sweep and then stepping out of a takedown, he pummeled Schafer with punches. The referee gave Schafer multiple chances to improve his position or fight back but he was unable to stop the onslaught. Herb Dean was forced to step in and stop the fight.
Rivera gets to do what very few fighters get to do: retire on a win. He was emotional in his post fight interview.