Richard Thomas Clementi (born March 31, 1976 in Edison, New Jersey) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He holds notable wins over Terry Etim, Sam Stout, Fabio Holanda, Melvin Guillard and Anthony Johnson.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Clementi began his professional career in 1999 and amassed a 12–6 record before making his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut at UFC 41, where he lost by submission to Yves Edwards. Clementi continued to fight in smaller promotions before appearing as a contestant on the The Ultimate Fighter 4 reality show, which focused on promising fighters that had not succeeded in their UFC careers. Though the namesake of "Team No Love", Clementi lost his preliminary bout against Shonie Carter by unanimous decision. He appeared on the undercard of the season finale as a lightweight, but lost by rear naked choke submission to Din Thomas.
Despite his loses, Clementi continued to appear in the UFC. He secured his first victory in the promotion via rear naked choke submission against Ross Pointon at UFC Fight Night 8, although the fight was not aired during the broadcast. After losing to Roan Carneiro at UFC Fight Night 9, Clementi alternated between appearing in the UFC and smaller promotions. He took a fight with Anthony Johnson at UFC 76 on two weeks' notice and won by rear naked choke submission. With the win, Clementi improved his official UFC record to 2–3.
In the span of a month, Clementi racked up two more victories against Sam Stout and Terry Etim at UFC 83 and UFC 84 respectively. By this time, Clementi was riding a four-win streak in the UFC and a six-win streak in his career. The streak ended at UFC 90, where he lost to Gray Maynard by unanimous decision. Clementi followed up with an appearance at UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens, where he lost to Gleison Tibau by guillotine choke. With his second consecutive loss in the UFC, Clementi was cut from the promotion's roster.
On June 27, 2009, Clementi was in the main event for the first ever MMA fight in Pennsylvania. The promotion company UCFC held it's "Rumble on the Rivers" event in Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena. Clementi was unable to continue the fight after only 40 seconds into the first round because of a broken collar bone after a take down and the ringside doctor stopped the fight.
On November 29, 2009, Clementi headlined the event "Cage Wars: Nightmare" in Belfast, Northern Ireland and fought local prospect Chris Stringer, defeating him by triangle choke in the second round, after dominating the fight. Clementi followed that win by headlining the Team 3:16 – Season's Beatings Event in Shreveport, Louisiana, defeating Derrick Krantz in the first round via armbar. Since being released from the UFC roster he has gone 3–1 in his last 4 fights, all wins by submission.
He recently fought on January 16 at the 5150 Fight League's "The New Year's Revolution" show against WEC Vet Mike Budnik where he won by rear naked choke improving his record upon being cut from the ufc to 4–1. The bout was for 5150 Fight League's Lightweight Title. Rich next appeared at KOTC Vengence February 12. He lost by TKO in the second round. Rich later confirmed that he was suffering from altitude sickness during the fight on which he blames his loss.
Clementi spent eight years in the military with the Navy Seabees and was mobilized as a reservist after 9/11. He also runs "Rich Clementi's Gladiator Gym" in his hometown of Slidell, Louisiana. Clementi is divorced from his first wife and has a son born in September 2006 with his second wife.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|55||36 wins||16 losses|
|Loss||36-16-1||Quinn Mulhern||TKO (Strikes)||King of the Cage: Vengeance||February 12, 2010||2||3:09||Mescalero, New Mexico, US||170 lbs|
|Win||36–15–1||Mike Budnik||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||5150 Combat League / Xtreme Fighting League – New Year's Revolution||January 16, 2010||5||2:10||Tulsa, Oklahoma, US||Won the 5150 Combat League Lightweight Title|
|Win||35–15–1||Derrick Krantz||Submission (Arm bar)||Team 3:16 – Season's Beatings||December 12, 2009||1||4:10||Shreveport, Louisiana, US|
|Win||34–15–1||Chris Stringer||Submission (Triangle Choke)||CWC: Nightmare||November 29, 2009||2||3:11||Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK|
|Loss||33–15–1||Kyle Jensen||TKO (Broken Clavicle)||UCFC Rumble on the Rivers||June 27, 2009||1||0:40||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US||170 lbs|
|Win||33–14–1||Sasuke Zapata||Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)||Adrenaline MMA 3: Bragging Rights||June 13, 2009||1||4:16||Birmingham, Alabama, United States||170 lbs|
|Loss||32–14–1||Gleison Tibau||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens||February 7, 2009||1||4:35||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Loss||32–13–1||Gray Maynard||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 90 – Silva vs. Côté||October 25, 2008||3||5:00||Rosemont, Illinois, United States|
|Win||32–12–1||Terry Etim||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 84 – Ill Will||May 24, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||31–12–1||Sam Stout||Decision (Split)||UFC 83 – Serra vs. St. Pierre II||April 19, 2008||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||30–12–1||Melvin Guillard||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 79 – Nemesis||December 29, 2007||1||4:40||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||29–12–1||Antoine Skinner||Submission (Strikes)||SCF – Punishment at the PMAC||October 13, 2007||1||Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US||Back to 155 lbs|
|Win||28–12–1||Anthony Johnson||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 76 – Knockout||September 22, 2007||2||3:05||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||27–12–1||Kyle Gibbons||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||IFO – Wiuff vs. Salmon||September 1, 2007||1||2:18||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||26–12–1||Roan Carneiro||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC – Fight Night 9||April 5, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||26–11–1||Ross Pointon||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC – Fight Night 8||January 25, 2007||2||4:53||Hollywood, Florida, US||Returns to 170 lbs|
|Loss||25–11–1||Din Thomas||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC – Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale||November 11, 2006||2||3:11||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||25–10–1||Caol Uno||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1 – Hero's 4||March 15, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||25–9–1||Brian Dunn||TKO||BATB – Battle at the Boardwalk||February 17, 2006||1||4:48||New Jersey, United States|
|Win||24–9–1||Fabio Holanda||TKO (Strikes)||TKO 24 – Eruption||January 28, 2006||3||4:20||Quebec, Canada|
|Win||23–9–1||Ryan Schultz||Submission (Arm bar)||AFC 14 – Absolute Fighting Championships 14||December 10, 2005||1||3:39||Florida, United States|
|Win||22–9–1||Chris Mickle||TKO||EC 64 – Extreme Challenge 64||October 15, 2005||1||2:51||Iowa, United States|
|Win||21–9–1||Daisuke Hanazawa||Decision (Unanimous)||Euphoria – USA vs World||February 26, 2005||3||5:00||New Jersey, United States|
|Win||20–9–1||Henry Matamoros||Decision (Unanimous)||Euphoria – Road to the Titles||October 15, 2004||3||5:00||New Jersey, United States|
|Win||19–9–1||Tom Kirk||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||RCF – Showdown||July 17, 2004||1||Mississippi, United States|
|Win||18–9–1||Eddie Yagin||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||PXC 2 – Chaos||May 22, 2004||3||Guam|
|Win||17–9–1||Sergey Golyaev||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Euphoria – Russia vs USA||March 13, 2004||2||3:43||New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||16–9–1||David Gardner||Decision||FFC 8 – Freestyle Fighting Championships 8||March 5, 2004||N/A||Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||16–8–1||Marcus Aurelio||TKO (Eye Injury)||ZST – Grand Prix Final Round||January 11, 2004||1||0:40||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||16–7–1||Naoyuki Kotani||Decision (Unanimous)||ZST – Grand Prix Final Round||January 11, 2004||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15–7–1||Tomomi Iwama||Decision (Unanimous)||ZST – Grand Prix Final Round||January 11, 2004||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||14–7–1||Aloisio Barros||Decision (Unanimous)||ZST – Grand Prix Opening Round||November 23, 2003||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||13–7–1||Hiroki Kotani||Draw||ZST 4 – The Battle Field 4||September 7, 2003||3||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||13–7||Jon Weidler||KO (Knee)||FFC 6 – No Love||July 11, 2003||1||0:35||Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||12–7||Yves Edwards||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 41 – Onslaught||February 28, 2003||3||4:07||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.|
|Win||12–6||James Meals||TKO||TNF – Tuesday Night Fights||December 17, 2002||1||1:55||Iowa, United States|
|Win||11–6||Isaias Martinez||TKO (Broken Nose)||RFC 1 – The Beginning||July 13, 2002||1||5:00||Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–6||Joe Jordan||Submission (Arm bar)||FFC 2 – Freestyle Fighting Championships 2||May 4, 2002||1||2:05||Mississippi, United States|
|Win||9–6||Justin James||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||RnR – Rock 'N' Rumble 1||December 29, 2001||2||1:20|
|Win||8–6||Cedric Stewart||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||EC 44 – Extreme Challenge 44||September 15, 2001||1||2:23||Louisiana, United States|
|Win||7–6||Warren Donley||KO||RCF 11 – Reality Combat Fighting 11||May 10, 2001||N/A|
|Win||6–6||Danny Payne||Submission (Neck Crank)||RCF 10 – Reality Combat Fighting 10||March 31, 2001||1||1:37||Louisiana, United States||Drops to 155 lbs|
|Win||5–6||Jeremy Jiminez||Submission (Arm Bar)||DFC – Submission Grappling Championships||March 17, 2001||N/A||2:15||Texas, United States|
|Win||4–6||Edwin Allseitz||Submission (Chicken Wing Arm Bar From Guard)||DFC – Submission Grappling Championships||March 17, 2001||N/A||3:36||Texas, United States|
|Loss||3–6||Pete Spratt||TKO (Cut)||RCF 9 – Reality Combat Fighting 9||January 27, 2001||1||Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||3–5||Steve Berger||Submission (Armbar)||Dangerzone – Insane In Ft. Wayne||November 25, 2000||1||3:14||Indiana, United States|
|Loss||3–4||Rick McCoy||Decision||Dangerzone – Night of the Beast||October 28, 2000||2||15:00||Virginia, United States|
|Loss||3–3||Ben Earwood||Submission (Arm Bar)||EC 36 – Extreme Challenge 36||August 26, 2000||1||8:32||Iowa, United States|
|Win||3–2||Dymitrius Wilson||TKO||WVF – Cage Brawl||August 19, 2000||1||4:40||Louisiana, United States|
|Win||2–2||Scott Melia||Submission (Strikes)||RCF 6 – Reality Combat Fighting 6||June 24, 2000||1||1:28||Louisiana, United States|
|Win||1–2||Aristides Britto||Submission (Strikes)||RCF 6 – Reality Combat Fighting 6||June 24, 2000||1||2:19||Louisiana, United States||Fights at 170 lbs|
|Loss||0–2||Rick Thompson||Decision||RCF 3 – Return of the Rage||January 28, 2000||1||18:00||Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Chris Seifert||Decision (Unanimous)||WEF 7 – Stomp in the Swamp||October 9, 1999||3||2:00||Louisiana, United States|