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Mitch Clarke (born November 24, 1985) is a Canadian professional wrestler and retired Canadian mixed martial artist. He fought as a Lightweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and is the head coach at Complete Fitness & Martial Arts, St. Albert, Canada. He currently wrestles for the Edmonton based promotion Monster Pro Wrestling.

Mitch Clarke
Born (1985-11-24) November 24, 1985 (age 32)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Other names Danger Zone
Residence Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Division Lightweight (155 lb)
Welterweight (170 lb)
Reach 73.0 in (185 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Edmonton, Alberta
Team Complete Fitness and Martial Arts
Jackson-Wink MMA
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active 2007–2017
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 11
By knockout 1
By submission 7
By decision 3
Losses 5
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Clarke was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He competed in wrestling at Walter Murray Collegiate Institute.[3]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Clarke made his professional MMA debut in May 2007. He fought exclusively in Canada and amassed a record of 9–0 before signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[4]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Clarke made his UFC debut at UFC 140 in Toronto, Ontario against promotional newcomer John Cholish. He lost the fight via TKO (punches) at 4:36 of the second round resulting in the first loss of his professional career.[5]

Clarke faced Anton Kuivanen on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. He lost the fight via split decision.[6]

Clarke faced John Maguire on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[7]

Clarke faced Al Iaquinta at UFC 173, in his first match outside of Canada.[8] After being dominated in the first round, Clarke won the fight via submission due to a D'Arce choke from the bottom in the second round. The win earned Clarke his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[9]

Clarke faced Michael Chiesa on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63.[10] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

Clarke next faced Joseph Duffy on July 7, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 90.[11] He lost the fight via submission in the opening minute of the first round.[12]

Clarke faced Alex White on September 9, 2017 at UFC 215.[13] He lost the fight via TKO at 4:36 of the second round[14] and subsequently announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.[15] He voiced his appreciation to Edmonton fans at the after fight octagon interview with Joe Rogan and delivered his emotional and humble retirement speech:

Personal lifeEdit

Clarke was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is the first Saskatchewan born fighter in the UFC. He wrestled at Walter Murray Collegiate. He currently resides in Edmonton Alberta, and trains at Complete Fitness and Martial Arts in St Albert. He has won the Welterweight title with the EFC out of Lloydminster and also won the Lightweight title for the TFC.[3] He also trains in Arizona at the MMA Lab with John Crouch and Benson Henderson.[16] Clarke is the son of Rick Clarke & Elise Brust and stepson of Vickie Clarke. After UFC 173, Clarke told reporters his favourite Super NES video game is Turtles in Time.[17]

Championships and achievementsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–5 Alex White TKO (punches) UFC 215 September 9, 2017 2 4:36 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 11–4 Joseph Duffy Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez July 7, 2016 1 0:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–3 Michael Chiesa Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas April 4, 2015 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 11–2 Al Iaquinta Technical Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC 173 May 24, 2014 2 0:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 10–2 John Maguire Decision (unanimous) UFC 161 June 15, 2013 3 5:00 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Loss 9–2 Anton Kuivanen Decision (split) UFC 149 July 21, 2012 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Loss 9–1 John Cholish TKO (punches) UFC 140 December 10, 2011 2 4:36 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 9–0 Eddie Rincon Decision (unanimous) EFC 8: Aggression April 23, 2011 3 5:00 Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada
Win 8–0 Josh Machan Submission (rear-naked choke) The Fight Club 11 September 10, 2010 2 0:43 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Won the TFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Brandon MacArthur Submission (rear-naked choke) The Fight Club 10 March 19, 2010 2 1:14 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.
Win 6–0 Travis Briere Decision (unanimous) Adrenaline 1 October 2, 2009 3 3:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 5–0 Adam Hunsperger Submission (guillotine choke) The Fight Club 7: Full Throttle May 30, 2009 1 0:56 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 4–0 Paul Grandbois Submission (armbar) EFC 2: Redemption March 14, 2009 2 2:41 Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada Defended the EFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Darren Ford Submission (guillotine choke) EFC 1: First Conflict September 20, 2008 1 N/A Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada Won the EFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Jase Nibourg TKO (punches) KOTC: Brawl in the Mall 2 October 19, 2007 1 3:41 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 1–0 Jase Nibourg Submission (choke) XCW: Extreme Cage Warz May 12, 2007 N/A N/A Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 173 Barao vs. Dillashaw". UFC.com. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mitch "Danger Zone" Clarke - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Ed Kapp (2010-09-08). "Mitch Clarke: undefeated mixed martial artist discusses all-things Canadian MMA". Bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  4. ^ E. Spencer Kyte (2011-12-07). "Newcomer Mitch Clarke excited for unexpected UFC debut". UFC.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  5. ^ Dann Stupp (2011-12-10). "UFC 140 results: Smooth scramble leads John Cholish to TKO over Mitch Clarke". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  6. ^ Matt Erickson (2012-07-21). "UFC 149 results: Anton Kuivanen gets first UFC win with split decision over Mitch Clarke". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  7. ^ John Morgan (2013-06-15). "UFC 161 results/photos: Mitch Clarke outworks John Maguire for emotional victory". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  8. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2014-02-26). "Iaquinta heading to Vegas to face Clarke". UFC.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  9. ^ staff (2014-05-25). "UFC 173 bonuses: T.J. Dillashaw doubles up to win $100,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  10. ^ C.J. Tuttle (2015-01-18). "Michael Chiesa-Mitch Clarke added to UFC Fight Night". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-01-18. 
  11. ^ Dale Jordan (2016-04-28). "Joe Duffy vs. Mitch Clarke added to UFC Fight Night 90 in Las Vegas". mmamad.com. Archived from the original on 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  12. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-07-07). "UFC Fight Night 90 results: Joseph Duffy blasts through Mitch Clarke with 25-second submission". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  13. ^ Richard Mann (2017-07-28). "Lightweight contest between Mitch Clarke and Alex White added to UFC 215". adcombat.com. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  14. ^ "UFC 215 results: Alex White picks apart, devastates Mitch Clarke on the feet". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-10. Retrieved 2017-09-10. 
  15. ^ a b UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship (2017-09-09), UFC 215: Mitch Clarke Announces his Retirement, retrieved 2017-09-10 
  16. ^ "Canadian fighter Mitch Clarke joins the MMA Lab Elite". Jcbjj.com. 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  17. ^ "UFC 173: Mitch Clarke Calls D'Arce Choke 'Kill or Be Killed' Moment", by MMAFighting.com

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