September 25, 1980 |
Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
|Other names||Heavy Metal|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||73.0 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Clay Harvison (born September 25, 1980 in Marietta, Georgia, U.S.) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2006, Harvison has made a name for himself fighting in his homestate of Georgia. He was a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.
Mixed Martial Arts career
He was enrolled at Kennesaw State for a year when he took a kickboxing class with a friend. Loving the adrenaline rush, Harvison took up Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu full-time in hopes of becoming a professional mixed martial artist. He started at KnuckleUp Fitness with Muay Thai coach Mateo Cutbill as his first trainer.
The Ultimate Fighter
In 2011, Harvison had signed with the UFC to compete in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.
Harvison was picked fourth on Team Lesnar and seventh overall. In the fifth preliminary match-up, Harvison's first fight on the show, he fought Englishman Mick Bowman. Harvison controlled the fight using effective striking, and showing good take down defense. Harvison won the fight via unanimous decision, and was set to go into the quarterfinal round. After the fight was over it was discovered while trying to block a high kick from Bowman, it was believed that Harvison suffered a compound fracture in his pinky finger with the bone protruding from the skin. However, an X-ray later revealed the injury to only be a dislocation rather than a fracture.
Harvison faced Ramsey Nijem in his quarter-final match. Harvison lost to Nijem via submission due to an rear-naked choke in the first round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Even though he lost to Ramsey in the quarterfinals, Harvison remained signed after the show. He made his official UFC debut June 4, 2011 on The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale card, fighting against fellow castmate Justin Edwards. He won the fight via split decision.
Harvison moved from Georgia to Utah to train with his Ultimate Fighter castmate, Ramsey Nijem, at the Riven Academy. Harvison was expected to face The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom runner-up, DaMarques Johnson, on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 25. However, Johnson was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Seth Baczynski. He was defeated by rear naked choke submission in the second round.
Harvison was scheduled again to fight DaMarques Johnson. The bout took place on November 12, 2011 at UFC on Fox 1. Harvison lost the bout via first round KO. After the loss to Johnson, Harvison was released from the promotion.
Harvison lost his younger brother, Kyle, and his father in a three year time span. He had his brother's ashes used in the making of his large tattoo covering his side.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||12 wins||5 losses|
|Win||12–5||David Lindsey||TKO (punches)||Wild Bill's Fight Night 62||January 25, 2014||3||0:57||Duluth, Georgia, United States||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||11–5||Ran Weathers||Decision (unanimous)||Wild Bill's Fight Night 58||July 19, 2013||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||10–5||Ururahy Rodrigues||TKO (knee)||Bellator 88||February 7, 2013||3||3:34||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||9–5||Ronnie Rogers||Decision (split)||Wild Bill's Fight Night 49||September 15, 2012||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||9–4||DaMarques Johnson||KO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos||November 12, 2011||1||1:34||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Loss||9–3||Seth Baczynski||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger||September 17, 2011||2||1:12||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||9–2||Justin Edwards||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale||June 4, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–2||Aric Nelson||TKO (punches)||Wild Bill's Fight Night 28||June 25, 2010||1||0:51||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||7–2||Travis Adams||TKO (punches)||Clash of the Kings||October 23, 2009||1||3:15||Kennesaw, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||6–2||Matt Traylor||TKO (punches)||KoKings||June 20, 2009||1||2:08||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||6–1||Shawn Snow||Submission (armbar)||Fight Party: Revenge||May 16, 2009||1||4:30||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||5–1||Sean Dyer||TKO (punches)||Bullet Fight Gear: Last Man Standing||February 21, 2009||1||3:01||Kennesaw, Georgia, United States|
|Win||4–1||Blake Bowman||Submission||ISCF: Gladiator X||December 13, 2008||1||3:01||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Jeremy Germenis||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bullet Fight Gear: Showdown||March 14, 2008||2||1:17||Kennesaw, Georgia, United States|
|Win||3–0||Josh Rutgers||Submission (punches)||Wild Bill's Fight Night 13||January 25, 2008||1||1:37||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||2–0||Will Baggett||TKO (punches)||ISCF: Head-On Collision||June 1, 2007||2||1:55||Kennesaw, Georgia, United States|
|Win||1–0||Joshua Fountain||Submission||Wild Bill's Fight Night 6||January 19, 2007||1||3:43||Georgia, United States|
- "DaMarques Johnson vs. Clay Harvison set for UFC Fight Night 25". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
- "UFC Fight Night 25 Update: Johnson Out, Baczynski In". mmaweekly.com. August 31, 2011.
- "Clay Harvison vs. DaMarques Johnson targeted for UFC on FOX 1". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
- "Eight released in latest wave of UFC cuts". fightersonlymag.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
- "Bellator 88's 11-bout lineup complete, Bezerra vs. da Silva headlines prelims". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
- "Clay "Heavy Metal" Harvison vs. David Lindsey". tapology.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.