Clark retires following loss at UFC 215

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Mitch Clark was the first Saskatchewan born fighter in the UFC, on the strength of a nine-fight win streak. The lightweight struggled initially, losing two in a row, but bounced back with a Unanimous Decision over John Maguire and a performance of the night winning Darse choke over Al Iaquinta in 2014.

Clark fought just one time in each of the past three years, losing to Michael Chiesa, tapping to Joe Duffy, and being stopped via TKO by Alex White on Saturday night. In a moving moment, he told Joe Rogan he was retiring, and why.

“Thank you Joe, thank you DC,” he began to Rogan commenting about his toughness. “I think that toughness has been the tail of my career and pushing me beyond what my body is physically able to do is sheer wit and will and toughness, and it was an absolute pleasure to fight in front of my adopted hometown of Edmonton. And although I could not get the result I wanted, it was an absolute pleasure here in Edmonton.”

At this point, Clark held up the glove he had removed, and was overcome.

“This is the last time I am going to put these on, so to thank you Edmonton and thank you Joe.”

And with that, he left his glove on the canvas.

Clark is the head coach at Complete Fitness & Martial Arts, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada, and will undoubtedly stay in the sport, on the other side of the fence.