Clifford Starks

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Clifford Starks
Born (1981-04-25) April 25, 1981 (age 33)
Pomona, California, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 202.7 lb (91.9 kg; 14.48 st)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach 78 in (200 cm)
Fighting out of Tempe, Arizona
Team Arizona Combat Sports
Years active 2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 12
Wins 10
By knockout 3
By submission 2
By decision 5
Losses 2
By knockout 1
By submission 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Clifford Bernard Starks (born April 25, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Starks was a NCAA division 1 wrestler at Arizona State University and was a teammate of current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.[1] Starks made his professional MMA debut in 2009 and fought primarily for the Rage in the Cage promotion in Arizona. He quickly amassed an undefeated record of 7 wins and 0 losses during the first two years of his career before joining the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Starks made his UFC debut less than two weeks removed from his last fight as a short-notice replacement for injured Brad Tavares against fellow UFC newcomer Dustin Jacoby at UFC 137.[2] He won the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30–27, 30–27).

Starks next faced Ed Herman on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143.[3] He lost the fight via submission in the second round.

Starks next faced Yoel Romero on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7.[4] He lost the fight via KO in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.[5]

Bellator MMA[edit]

In September 2013, Starks made his debut for Bellator MMA. He faced Joe Yager at Bellator 100 and won the fight via unanimous decision.

Starks faced Kobe Ortiz on September 26, 2014 at Bellator 126.[6] He won the fight via submission in the second round.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–2 Kobe Ortiz Technical submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 126 September 26, 2014 2 0:52 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 9–2 Joe Yager Decision (unanimous) Bellator 100 September 20, 2013 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Loss 8–2 Yoel Romero KO (flying knee and punches) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez April 20, 2013 1 1:32 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 8–1 Ed Herman Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 143 February 4, 2012 2 1:43 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–0 Dustin Jacoby Decision (unanimous) UFC 137 October 29, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 Artenas Young Decision (unanimous) Shark Fights 20 October 15, 2011 3 5:00 Laughlin, Nevada, United States
Win 6–0 Rudy Aguilar TKO (punches) Rage in the Cage 152 May 21, 2011 1 1:42 Chandler, Arizona, United States
Win 5–0 Roe Harris KO (punch) Rage in the Cage 151 April 16, 2011 1 2:59 Chandler, Arizona, United States
Win 4–0 Tony Johnson Decision (unanimous) MEZ Sports - Pandemonium 4 February 25, 2011 3 5:00 Riverside, California, United States
Win 3–0 Mike Heidenreich TKO (punches) Rage in the Cage 144 September 11, 2010 1 1:23 Chandler, Arizona, United States
Win 2–0 Reyes Ortiz Decision (split) Rage in the Cage 139 February 13, 2010 3 5:00 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 1–0 Chad Menneke Submission (americana) Rage in the Cage 138 December 4, 2009 2 1:35 Mesa, Arizona, United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UFC 137 Fight Card Primer: Dustin Jacoby vs. Clifford Starks". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  2. ^ "Tavares out of 137; Starks to face Jacoby". UFC.com. October 21, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ed Herman vs. Clifford Starks Added to UFC 143". mmafighting.com. December 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Yoel Romero vs Clifford Starks set for UFC on FOX 7". bloodyelbow.com. January 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "UFC releases middleweight Clifford Starks". bloody elbow.com. May 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bellator 126 fight card finalized for Sept. 26 in Phoenix on Spike TV". mmamania.com. September 9, 2014. 

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