Clementi: I have no more to accomplish

by Matt Erickson | source:

Clementi on Wednesday told ( that retirement wasn't something he was planning on, but a pair of knee injuries forced the issue.

"(I wasn't thinking retirement) at all," Clementi said. "I would never quit this sport on a loss. It goes against everything I believe in. I actually wanted to come back after my surgery for one more fight till I found out my ACL has been damaged on my other leg, as well. I just feel the shape my body's in, I would be doing myself an injustice as an athlete and a competitor to continue."

But as he calls it a career following his Friday loss to Marcin Held in the semifinals of Bellator's Season 7 lightweight tournament, Clementi said he's content as he looks back.

"At this point, I have no goals to meet – no more to accomplish," he said. "I'm OK with that. I am happy and proud of what I have done."

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11/25/12 1:01 PM by fightsfan

CLEMENTI is what I call a "gamer" , a guy who always comes to fight and is exciting win or lose so I always wanted to watch all his UFC fights.His dismantling of Guillard and the post fight interview are a favorite. Seems he was involved in running a gym and promoting which probably took a lot of time away from training and achieving his top potential, but those other contributions towards growing MMA in his home area deserve recoginition I think.

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11/25/12 12:37 PM by Bill Pharoni

A fan here. Best of luck to Rich in the future.

Immaculata site profile image  

11/25/12 12:09 PM by Immaculata

He was an awesome addition to this season of Bellator. Good luck in the future!

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11/25/12 12:01 PM by UGCTT_Benwahwah IsABenevolentGod

it sucks to see him go, the guy is a true fighter down to his core. It is an honor to have gotten the chance to call him my coach

Lurkdaddy316 site profile image  

11/24/12 7:26 PM by Lurkdaddy316

Love that fight.

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11/22/12 1:13 AM by Pornstar


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11/21/12 11:53 PM by Seats Taken

I watched that fight. It looked like an ADCC match more than an MMA fight. So many leg locks. He waited until the last second to tap... If you watch it was sort of a slow stoppage because he was tapping away from the referee and his leg was fully torqued. I was cringing, he has to have some severe damage.

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11/21/12 11:50 PM by SpiritualElixir

He's an awesome guy I wish him the best.Showed great capability in the Bellator tournament Truth

John Harris site profile image  

11/21/12 10:26 PM by John Harris

Rich is the man!  True warrior.  Good luck Bro!