Rich Clementi: I guess this day had to come some time

source: facebook

Rich Clementi has retired at age 35. He first appeared in the UFC over a decade ago, compiling a record of 5-5 in the organization, including a four-fight win streak in 2008-2009. He also competed all across North America, in Europe, and in Asia.

He most recently competed for Bellator, making the Lightweight Tournament semi finals.

Clementi served his country for eight years in the military as a Navy Seabee, and was mobilized as a reservist after 9/11.

With his retirement, he will be able to focus fully on his students at Rich Clementi's Gladiator Gym in his hometown of Slidell, Louisiana.

Clementi made the announcement via Facebook.

Rich Clementi

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 their dreams. I want to thank everyone that has helped me in this experience.

Now it's time to turn the page. That's life and now the same drive will be passed off towards my guys and now I will be able to give more of me to them. I am very excited to see what the future has in store for me.

I will update my condition when my MRI comes back. Surgery a must just not sure about some of the other issues. Doc said my body has been around the block a few times. I can only smile.

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Mix6APlix site profile image  

11/20/12 5:43 PM by Mix6APlix

Best wishes on his future endeavors.

Jason Reinhardt site profile image  

11/20/12 5:37 PM by Jason Reinhardt

Rich Clemente's students are lucky! enough said. :) True Frikin' Warrior!

lil_ninja site profile image  

11/20/12 4:59 PM by lil_ninja

I was working in baton rouge one week and got to train with rich..really cool and super nice guy, welcomed me to gladiator's and chilled an hour or so after class just shooting the bullshit with me cause I was from outta town. Best of luck to him and his future plans!

Nexuscrawlers site profile image  

11/20/12 4:48 PM by Nexuscrawlers

I think it was the final sub that did it. Idk though, just guessing. He looked to be in a lot of pain right before he tapped, and he stayed sitting for a while.

kill joy site profile image  

11/20/12 3:53 PM by kill joy

TTT no love.did he get injured fighting off the leg locks in the fight?

Ben CQ site profile image  

11/20/12 11:02 AM by Ben CQ

I was lucky enough to commentate Rich's fight against Reza Madadi in Sweden at Superior Challenge last year.I still maintain he won that when I watched it back. He was a funny guy in the bus on the way back and joked about buying a title belt from the airport because anyone with half a brain knew he won that fight.Sorry to hear that he's retiring.

Arachnoid site profile image  

11/20/12 10:32 AM by Arachnoid

Loved being cage side for his fight with Pete Spratt back in the Reality Combat days...I'll never forget it.

goocher site profile image  

11/20/12 10:24 AM by goocher

Isn't that the truth.

Hong Kong Phooey site profile image  

11/20/12 10:09 AM by Hong Kong Phooey     Last Bellator  

DanEzra site profile image  

11/20/12 9:36 AM by DanEzra

What's the MRI for?