by Matt Hill – MMAWeekly.com
Former Pride, UFC and HOOKnSHOOT fighter Aaron Riley joined hosts Damon Martin and Jeff Cain for yet another exciting edition of MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio. Riley discussed the injury he sustained in his bout with Spencer Fisher, his upcoming BodogFight’s ‘USA vs. Russia’ title fight where he will take on Eddie Alvarez for the welterweight championship, and what his future in MMA may hold.
Riley is a talented fighter who has been forced to be a bit less active in the MMA scene this year due to the broken jaw that he suffered in his UFC fight night bout with Spencer Fisher in January. Riley lost that fight with a TKO due to a doctor’s stoppage, but was performing very respectably before the injury occurred. Riley said, “About a minute and a half in he [Spencer Fisher] caught me with a shot. The oral surgeon told me that I had some wisdom teeth that I hadn’t had removed and said that was kind of a factor that contributed to the jaw being weaker.”
Riley continued, “That was a sucky fight. I wasn’t too pleased with the way that one went cause I felt like I was doing good…even after being injured I still felt like I was doing well.”
The layoff from MMA competition this year has allowed Riley to get his energies tuned into fighting though, and coming into his December 2nd fight with Alvarez, Riley said, “I’m looking forward to this.”
Riley has fought in many organizations throughout the years with great success, but it seems like Riley never fully settles down with one particular organization. Aaron had a great KO win in his 2005 Pride Bushido fight against Michihiro Omigawa, but he said that Pride officials didn’t really get back with him after the fight. While Riley keeps an open mind when it comes to fighting in different organizations, he said, “It’s full steam ahead with Bodog at the moment.”
Riley continued, “Bodog just seems to be like a fit for me right now…things seem to be going well with that, so I’m not trying to rock the boat a lot. I’m going to just stay with Bodog for the time being and see where this road leads me.”
Riley has been very successful at the MMA game and he attributes his success in part to training with such a great team in American Top Team. The American Top Team (ATT) has a number of talented, well-known fighters such as: Jeff Monson, Din Thomas, Marcus Aurelio, Denis Kang, Thiago Alves and Jorge Santiago to name a few.
Aaron said, “It’s great…we’ve got a lot of good guys there. It’s not just a Jiu-Jitsu gym. What’s great is the fact that we have so many different guys who bring so much experience and so much to the table in different styles of fighting.”
With all of the hard training behind him, Riley is ready to step into the ring on December 2nd and earn a win…and a title. Aaron said, “I don’t go into a fight thinking I’m going to lose…I’m going to be taking the title and I think that it’s going to be a great fight and I don’t think that people should miss it. This (BodogFight) is a new organization that’s up-and-coming with lots of up-and-coming fighters – like Alvarez – and I think everyone can look forward to a great show from top to bottom.”