April 25, 1981 |
Sacramento, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||78.0 in (198 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Tempe, Arizona, United States|
|Team||Arizona Combat Sports|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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. A professional competitor since 2009, he has formerly competed for the UFC, Bellator, and Shark Fights.
Starks was born in Sacramento, California and attended Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona. At Mountain Pointe, Starks competed in wrestling, football, and track and field. Talented, Starks earned a total of ten varsity letters and won a State Championship in wrestling. Starks later attended Mesa Community College where he competed in football and track and field until 2002 when he transferred to Arizona State University. At Arizona State, Starks competed for the school's NCAA Division I wrestling team alongside current UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and had a third-place finish in the PAC 10.
Mixed martial arts career
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 7-0 during the first two years of his career before joining the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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. He won the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30–27, 30–27).
World Series of Fighting
Starks made his debut at WSOF 19. He was originally scheduled to face Eddie Arizmendi on the card. However, a last minute card change the day of the event led to Starks facing Jake Heun on the main card. He won the fight via submission in the second round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|14 matches||12 wins||2 losses|
|Win||12–2||Mike Kyle||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 22||August 1, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–2||Jake Heun||Submission (Arm-triangle choke)||WSOF 19||March 28, 2015||2||4:11||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Light heavyweight debut|
|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|
- "Tavares out of 137; Starks to face Jacoby". UFC.com. October 21, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- "Ed Herman vs. Clifford Starks Added to UFC 143". mmafighting.com. December 28, 2011.
- "Yoel Romero vs Clifford Starks set for UFC on FOX 7". bloodyelbow.com. January 23, 2013.
- "UFC releases middleweight Clifford Starks". bloody elbow.com. May 5, 2013.
- "Bellator 126 fight card finalized for Sept. 26 in Phoenix on Spike TV". mmamania.com. September 9, 2014.