Mitch Clarke

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Mitch Clarke
Born (1985-11-24) November 24, 1985 (age 30)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Other names Danger Zone
Residence Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Nationality Canadian
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)[1]
Fighting out of Edmonton, Alberta
Team Complete Fitness and Martial Arts
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active 2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 11
By knockout 1
By submission 7
By decision 3
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mitch Clarke (born November 24, 1985) is a Canadian mixed martial artist. He currently fights as a Lightweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and is the head coach at Complete MMA, St. Albert, Canada.


Clarke was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He competed in wrestling at Walter Murray Collegiate Institute.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[4]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[5]

Clarke faced Anton Kuivanen on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149. He lost the fight via split decision.[6]

Clarke faced John Maguire on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[7]

Clarke faced Al Iaquinta at UFC 173, in his first match outside of Canada.[8] 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.[9]

Clarke faced Michael Chiesa on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63.[10] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

Personal life[edit]

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.[11] He also trains in Arizona at the MMA Lab with John Crouch and Benson Henderson.[12] Clarke is the son of Rick Clarke & Elise Brust and stepson of Vickie Clarke, the Program Head for the Recreation and Tourism Management Program at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.[13] After UFC 173, Clarke told reporters his favourite Super Nintendo game is Turtles in Time.[14]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Evolution Fighting Championships
    • EFC Lightweight Championship (One time)
  • The Fight Club
    • TFC Lightweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 173 Barao vs. Dillashaw". Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mitch "Danger Zone" Clarke - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ Ed Kapp (2010-09-08). "Mitch Clarke: undefeated mixed martial artist discusses all-things Canadian MMA". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  4. ^ E. Spencer Kyte (2011-12-07). "Newcomer Mitch Clarke excited for unexpected UFC debut". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  5. ^ Dann Stupp (2011-12-10). "UFC 140 results: Smooth scramble leads John Cholish to TKO over Mitch Clarke". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  6. ^ Matt Erickson (2012-07-21). "UFC 149 results: Anton Kuivanen gets first UFC win with split decision over Mitch Clarke". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  7. ^ John Morgan (2013-06-15). "UFC 161 results/photos: Mitch Clarke outworks John Maguire for emotional victory". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  8. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2014-02-26). "Iaquinta heading to Vegas to face Clarke". Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  9. ^ staff (2014-05-25). "UFC 173 bonuses: T.J. Dillashaw doubles up to win $100,000". Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  10. ^ C.J. Tuttle (2015-01-18). "Michael Chiesa-Mitch Clarke added to UFC Fight Night". Retrieved 2015-01-18. 
  11. ^ Ed Kapp (2010-09-08). "Mitch Clarke: undefeated mixed martial artist discusses all-things Canadian MMA". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  12. ^ "Canadian fighter Mitch Clarke joins the MMA Lab Elite". 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "UFC 173: Mitch Clarke Calls D'Arce Choke 'Kill or Be Killed' Moment", by

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