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 11
Wins 9
By knockout 3
By submission 1
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.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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. 

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