|Born||November 24, 1985|
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Other names||Danger Zone|
|Residence||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)|
|Division||Lightweight (155 lb) |
Welterweight (170 lb)
|Reach||73.0 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Edmonton, Alberta|
|Team||Complete Fitness and Martial Arts |
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mitch Clarke (born November 24, 1985) is a Canadian professional wrestler and retired Canadian mixed martial artist. He fought as a Lightweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and is the head coach at Complete Fitness & Martial Arts, St. Albert, Canada. He currently wrestles for the Edmonton based promotion Monster Pro Wrestling.
Mixed martial arts career
Clarke made his professional MMA debut in May 2007. He fought exclusively in Canada and amassed a record of 9–0 before signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Clarke made his UFC debut at UFC 140 in Toronto, Ontario against promotional newcomer John Cholish. He lost the fight via TKO (punches) at 4:36 of the second round resulting in the first loss of his professional career.
Clarke faced Al Iaquinta at UFC 173, in his first match outside of Canada. After being dominated in the first round, Clarke won the fight via submission due to a D'Arce choke from the bottom in the second round. The win earned Clarke his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Clarke faced Alex White on September 9, 2017 at UFC 215. He lost the fight via TKO at 4:36 of the second round and subsequently announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. He voiced his appreciation to Edmonton fans at the after fight octagon interview with Joe Rogan and delivered his emotional and humble retirement speech:
Thank you Joe, thank you DC (Daniel Cormier). I think that toughness has been the tail of my career and pushing me beyond what my body physically able to do is sheer wit and will and toughness, and I am in absolutely pleasure to fight in front of my adopted hometown of Edmonton. And although I could not get the result I wanted, it was an absolutely pleasure to have my last professional fight and here Edmonton it is the last time I have put this on (his fighting glove) so to thank you Edmonton and thank you Joe."
Clarke was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is the first Saskatchewan born fighter in the UFC. He wrestled at Walter Murray Collegiate. He currently resides in Edmonton Alberta, and trains at Complete Fitness and Martial Arts in St Albert. He has won the Welterweight title with the EFC out of Lloydminster and also won the Lightweight title for the TFC. He also trains in Arizona at the MMA Lab with John Crouch and Benson Henderson. Clarke is the son of Rick Clarke & Elise Brust and stepson of Vickie Clarke. After UFC 173, Clarke told reporters his favourite Super NES video game is Turtles in Time.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Evolution Fighting Championships
- EFC Lightweight Championship (One time)
- The Fight Club
- TFC Lightweight Championship (One time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Performance of the Night (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||11 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||11–5||Alex White||TKO (punches)||UFC 215||September 9, 2017||2||4:36||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||11–4||Joseph Duffy||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez||July 7, 2016||1||0:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–3||Michael Chiesa||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas||April 4, 2015||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Win||11–2||Al Iaquinta||Technical Submission (D'Arce choke)||UFC 173||May 24, 2014||2||0:57||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||10–2||John Maguire||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 161||June 15, 2013||3||5:00||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Loss||9–2||Anton Kuivanen||Decision (split)||UFC 149||July 21, 2012||3||5:00||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||9–1||John Cholish||TKO (punches)||UFC 140||December 10, 2011||2||4:36||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||9–0||Eddie Rincon||Decision (unanimous)||EFC 8: Aggression||April 23, 2011||3||5:00||Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||8–0||Josh Machan||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Fight Club 11||September 10, 2010||2||0:43||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Won the TFC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Brandon MacArthur||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Fight Club 10||March 19, 2010||2||1:14||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.|
|Win||6–0||Travis Briere||Decision (unanimous)||Adrenaline 1||October 2, 2009||3||3:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||5–0||Adam Hunsperger||Submission (guillotine choke)||The Fight Club 7: Full Throttle||May 30, 2009||1||0:56||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||4–0||Paul Grandbois||Submission (armbar)||EFC 2: Redemption||March 14, 2009||2||2:41||Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada||Defended the EFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||3–0||Darren Ford||Submission (guillotine choke)||EFC 1: First Conflict||September 20, 2008||1||N/A||Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada||Won the EFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||2–0||Jase Nibourg||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Brawl in the Mall 2||October 19, 2007||1||3:41||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||1–0||Jase Nibourg||Submission (choke)||XCW: Extreme Cage Warz||May 12, 2007||N/A||N/A||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada|
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- "Mitch "Danger Zone" Clarke - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
- Ed Kapp (2010-09-08). "Mitch Clarke: undefeated mixed martial artist discusses all-things Canadian MMA". Bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
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- Dann Stupp (2011-12-10). "UFC 140 results: Smooth scramble leads John Cholish to TKO over Mitch Clarke". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- Matt Erickson (2012-07-21). "UFC 149 results: Anton Kuivanen gets first UFC win with split decision over Mitch Clarke". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- John Morgan (2013-06-15). "UFC 161 results/photos: Mitch Clarke outworks John Maguire for emotional victory". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- Thomas Gerbasi (2014-02-26). "Iaquinta heading to Vegas to face Clarke". UFC.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
- staff (2014-05-25). "UFC 173 bonuses: T.J. Dillashaw doubles up to win $100,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-25.
- C.J. Tuttle (2015-01-18). "Michael Chiesa-Mitch Clarke added to UFC Fight Night". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-01-18.
- Dale Jordan (2016-04-28). "Joe Duffy vs. Mitch Clarke added to UFC Fight Night 90 in Las Vegas". mmamad.com. Archived from the original on 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
- Ben Fowlkes (2016-07-07). "UFC Fight Night 90 results: Joseph Duffy blasts through Mitch Clarke with 25-second submission". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
- Richard Mann (2017-07-28). "Lightweight contest between Mitch Clarke and Alex White added to UFC 215". adcombat.com. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
- "UFC 215 results: Alex White picks apart, devastates Mitch Clarke on the feet". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-10. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
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- "Canadian fighter Mitch Clarke joins the MMA Lab Elite". Jcbjj.com. 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- "UFC 173: Mitch Clarke Calls D'Arce Choke 'Kill or Be Killed' Moment", by MMAFighting.com