UFC vet Rich Clementi has decided to hang up the gloves after competing in mixed martial arts since 1999. This news comes via his Facebook page:
“Well. I guess this day had to come some time. Just wish it could have been on my terms but then again we all know that wouldn’t have happened because I would have always wanted just one more time under those lights. I am so grateful for the things this sport has taught me. The friends, experiences and most of all learning who I am. I am so lucky I have a platform to share these experiences and help others try to reach there dreams. I want to thank everyone that has helped me in this experience. Now it’s time to turn the page.”
Clementi certainly had a great career, going 45-22-1 in his career. He holds notable wins over Anthony Johnson, Melvin Guillard, Sam Stout, Terry Etim, and Ronnie Rogers. Clementi will always be remembered for his durability inside the cage, and also his dynamic grappling skills.
This decision comes after a hard fought loss to Marcin Held, which ended in dramatic fashion when Held secured a beautiful toe hold. Clementi is a family man and he has said he wants to be there for them, which makes this move all the more just.
So many times to fighters stay in the game to long. Often times, they end up succumbing to life-altering injuries that could have been avoided if the fighters would have been more cognizant of their career.
Luckily, this is not the case for Rich, and he will now be able to spend quality years with his family and friends. Win or lose, he always brought the fight to his opponents, which is certainly commendable.