Heather Jo Clark
|Heather Jo Clark|
|Born||September 19, 1980|
Los Angeles, California
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||66 in (170 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Diego Brandão|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Heather Jo Clark (born September 19, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist who competed in the Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and currently competes for Invicta Fighting Championships (Invicta).
Mixed martial arts career
Clark made her professional MMA debut in April 2010. During the first two and a half years of her career, she amassed a record of 5 wins and 3 losses.
Clark signed with Bellator MMA in 2013 and faced Felice Herrig at Bellator 94. She lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision. Clark and Herrig would later have a rematch on their season of The Ultimate Fighter.
The Ultimate Fighter
Heather was the among the final 8 contestants that tried out for the TUF house, to join the 11 Invicta FC strawweights that President Dana White had acquired.
Heather was Team Melendez' sixth pick and ranked 11. She was paired to take on long-time rival #6 ranked Felice Herrig for her first fight.
In episode 5 Clark and Herrig fought with Herrig walking away with the unanimous decision. After the fight, Clark said she did some "soul-searching" and apologized to Herrig, saying she wasn't going to judge her anymore, squashing their feud.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Clark made her UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale where she defeated teammate and rival Bec Rawlings by unanimous decision. Heather faced Karolina Kowalkiewicz on May 8, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She lost the fight by unanimous decision.
Her next fight came on November 5, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson against Alexa Grasso She lost the fight by unanimous decision.
Invicta Fighting Championships
After almost two years hiatus, Clark joined Invicta Fighting Championships (Invicta) and made her promotional debut on July 21, 2018 at Invicta FC 30: Frey vs. Grusander against Kinbery Novaes. She won the fight via unanimous decision.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Women's MMA Press Awards
- 2011 KO of the year
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|14 matches||8 wins||6 losses|
|Win||8–6||Kinberly Novaes||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 30: Frey vs. Grusander||July 21, 2018||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||7–6||Alexa Grasso||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson||November 5, 2016||3||5:00||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Loss||7–5||Karolina Kowalkiewicz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski||May 8, 2016||3||5:00||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||7–4||Bec Rawlings||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale||December 12, 2014||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–4||Hannah Cifers||Decision (unanimous)||XFC 26 - Night of Champions 3||October 13, 2013||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||5–4||Felice Herrig||Decision (split)||Bellator 94||March 28, 2013||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Stephanie Eggink||Decision (unanimous)||XFC 21 - Night of Champions 2||December 7, 2012||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||5–2||Avery Vilche||Submission (rear-naked choke)||XFC 18 - Music City Mayhem||June 22, 2012||1||1:51||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||4–2||Marianna Kheyfets||TKO (doctor stoppage)||XFC 16 - High Stakes||February 10, 2012||1||5:00||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||4–1||Sarah Alpar||Submission (rear-naked choke)||FCF - Freestyle Cage Fighting 49||October 1, 2011||3||1:28||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||3–1||Jennifer Scott||TKO (elbows)||ECSC - Friday Night Fights 3||April 15, 2011||2||2:19||Clovis, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||2–1||April Coutino||KO (punch)||ECSC - Friday Night Fights 1||January 7, 2011||1||0:10||Clovis, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||1–1||Kyane Hampton||Submission (armbar)||ECSC - Evolution 1||October 30, 2010||1||1:54||Clovis, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Karina Hallinan||Decision (unanimous)||VFC 31 - Victory Fighting Championship||April 23, 2010||3||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||0–1||Felice Herrig||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned||October 22, 2014 (airdate)||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 20 Elimination round|
- "Heather Jo Clark - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
- "Full 'TUF 20' cast revealed, includes eight new additions". mmajunkie.com. July 3, 2014.
- "'TUF 20' RECAP: EPISODE 5". sherdog.com. October 22, 2014.
- "Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas Set for TUF 20 Finale Main Event This Friday". cagepotato.com.
- "Heather Jo Clark vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz added to UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
- "TUF 20 Finale results: Heather Jo Clark gets last laugh despite Bec Rawlings rally". MMAjunkie. 2014-12-13. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
- "Alexa Grasso makes UFC debut against Heather Jo Clark in Mexico City". 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
- "TUF Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
- Sherdog.com. "Invicta FC 30 Full Lineup of Fights Released". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
- "Invicta Fighting Championships 30 Results • Page 2 | Fightful MMA". www.fightful.com. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
- "Felicia Spencer vs. Pam Sorenson for vacant featherweight belt headlines Invicta FC 32". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-09-02.