Clay Harvison

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Clay Harvison
Born (1980-09-25) September 25, 1980 (age 33)
Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
Other names Heavy Metal
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Welterweight
Lightweight
Reach 73.0 in (185 cm)
Fighting out of Atlanta, Georgia
Team Riven Academy
Years active 2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 12
By knockout 6
By submission 4
By decision 2
Losses 5
By knockout 2
By submission 2
By decision 1
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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[1] 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[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Harvison was scheduled again to fight DaMarques Johnson. The bout took place on November 12, 2011 at UFC on Fox 1.[5] Harvison lost the bout via first round KO. After the loss to Johnson, Harvison was released from the promotion.[6]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Harvison made his Bellator debut on February 7, 2013, when he faced Ururahy Rodrigues at Bellator 88.[7] He won the fight via TKO (knee) in the third round.

Personal life[edit]

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[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.[8]
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

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