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Clayton "Clay" French[1] (born October 7, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist who fought on Pride Fighting Championships, Sengoku, KOTC and other several fighting organizations. He holds a notable victory over TUF winner Mac Danzig by split decision and has trained with former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes.[2]

Clay French
Born (1980-10-07) October 7, 1980 (age 39)
Villa Park, Illinois, United States
ResidenceMokena, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb; 11 st 0 lb)
DivisionLightweight
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofSchaumburg, Illinois
TeamH.I.T. Squad, Gilbert Grappling
Years active2004–2014
Mixed martial arts record
Total25
Wins19
By knockout2
By submission11
By decision6
Losses6
By knockout1
By submission5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BiographyEdit

Clay wrestled at Eastern Illinois University where he was coached by Matt Hughes who turned him on to Mixed martial arts. Clay became a KOTC lightweight title holder. He has since started fighting at Sengoku in Japan and he enjoys the Japanese fighting culture.[3] he then began fighting in Titan Fighting Championships.[4] Clay was the head coach of wrestling at St. Laurence High School from 2015-2017. [5] Before Clay moved to Morton Freshman center, he worked as a computer teacher in nearby school Unity Junior high. Clay has since moved to be a teacher at Morton Freshman Center in Cicero, IL. In the 2017-2018 School year, he is a teacher in the TSI department, a part of the school meant to teach students how to work with computers.

Championships and AccomplishmentsEdit

Mixed Martial ArtsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
26 matches 19 wins 7 losses
By knockout 2 2
By submission 11 5
By decision 6 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–7 Thiago Meller TKO (punches) XFCI - International 1 February 8, 2014 1 3:39 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Win 19–6 James Krause Decision (split) Titan Fighting Championships 19 July 29, 2011 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 18–6 Billy Stamp Decision (split) Ruckus Entertainment: Ruckus Invades Navy Pier September 11, 2010 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 17–6 Sean Wilson Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC: Turbulence 2 April 24, 2010 1 3:39 Lac du Flambeau (town), Wisconsin, United States
Loss 16–6 Eiji Mitsuoka Submission (guillotine choke) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9 August 2, 2009 1 1:51 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 16–5 Bryan Neville Submission (neck crank) KOTC: The Renewal June 20, 2009 1 0:28 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Loss 15–5 Michael Johnson Submission (kimura) FFC - Fuel Fight Club April 10, 2009 1 3:16 Lake Ozark, Missouri, United States
Loss 15–4 Rory MacDonald KO (punches) KOTC - Grinder November 28, 2008 2 4:26 Calgary, Alberta, Canada Lost KOTC lightweight championship
Loss 15–3 Satoru Kitaoka Submission (achilles lock) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 4 August 24, 2008 1 0:31 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Sengoku 2008 lightweight tournament opening round
Win 15–2 Jameel Massouh Submission (rear-naked choke) AMMA 1 - Adrenaline MMA 1 June 14, 2008 2 3:17 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 14–2 Jason Ireland Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Bad Boys November 21, 2007 3 5:00 Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States Defended KOTC lightweight championship
Win 13–2 Bobby Mosley Submission (armbar) Mainstream MMA 7 - Vengeance October 20, 2007 1 1:29 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Win 12–2 Sam Jackson Submission (rear naked choke) EC 82 - Extreme Challenge 82 August 18, 2007 1 4:22 Springfield, Illinois, United States
Win 11–2 Buddy Clinton TKO (cut) KOTC: Collision Course August 5, 2007 3 3:26 San Jacinto, California, United States Defended KOTC lightweight championship
Win 10–2 Buddy Clinton Decision (split) KOTC: Damage Control May 26, 2007 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States Defended KOTC lightweight championship
Win 9–2 Dominic Bjerke TKO CFC 8 - Courage Fighting Championships 8 April 21, 2007 1 1:18 Decatur, Illinois, United States
Win 8–2 Mac Danzig Decision (split) KOTC: Hard Knocks January 19, 2007 3 5:00 Rockford, Illinois, United States Won KOTC lightweight championship
Loss 7–2 Shinya Aoki Submission (flying triangle choke) Pride - Bushido 13 November 5, 2006 1 3:57 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 7–1 Justin James Submission (armbar) EC 70 - Extreme Challenge 70 August 26, 2006 1 2:06 Hayward, Wisconsin, United States Extreme Challenge 70 four-man lightweight tournament finals
Win 7–0 Alonzo Martinez Submission (rear-naked choke) EC 70 - Extreme Challenge 70 August 26, 2006 1 3:34 Hayward, Wisconsin, United States Extreme Challenge 70 four-man lightweight tournament opening round
Win 6–0 James Kugler Submission (choke) CFC 6 - Courage Fighting Championships 6 July 15, 2006 1 N/A Decatur, Illinois, United States
Win 5–0 Alex Carter Submission (armbar) IC 29 - Iowa Challenge 29 June 10, 2006 1 0:16 Quincy, Illinois, United States
Win 4–0 Norm Alexander Submission (armbar) CFC 5 - Courage Fighting Championships 5 April 29, 2006 1 4:45 Decatur, Illinois, United States
Win 3–0 Josh Arocho Submission (rear-naked choke) XFO 7 - Outdoor War August 27, 2005 1 3:28 Island Lake, Illinois, United States
Win 2–0 Joe Veres Submission (guillotine choke) CFC 2 - Courage Fighting Championships 2 March 26, 2005 2 0:59 Decatur, Illinois, United States
Win 1–0 Eric Gwaltney Decision (unanimous) SC 19 - Silverback Classic 19 August 13, 2004 2 5:00 Canton, Illinois, United States

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcZRTHQM7nGEVIaN-Cdz3Dg
  2. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Clay-French-12585
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-19. Retrieved 2011-12-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Ex-KOTC-Champ-French-Olympic-Medalist-McMann-Win-at-Titan-19-34385
  5. ^ http://www.stlaurence.com/news/new-wrestling-coaching-staff-at-st-laurence