Maybe you were aware of his existence, maybe you weren’t, but it’s undeniable that Joe Silva’s presence has been felt within the confines of the Octagon for a very long time. He’s been, after all, the UFC’s official matchmaker since before Lorenzo Fertitta and company bought the ailing organization, and he’s had a hand in putting together nearly every big UFC fight you’ve seen for years.

And now he’s retiring.

MMAJunkie has the details:

UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has informed the company that he will leave his job with the organization, possibly as soon as the end of 2016, MMAjunkie has learned from a person close to the situation.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not publicly authorized to discuss the matter.

Silva’s departure will come on the heels of the UFC’s sale to a group headed up by talent agency WME-IMG, a deal that Silva is said to have profited from as a company executive.

That financial gain, and not any discontent with the sale or new owners, is motivating Silva’s decision to retire, the source said.