Veteran Canadian lightweight Mitch Clarke displayed incredible toughness in his UFC 215 fight against Alex White, but not even he could withstand the onslaught of punishment he took throughout the bout, and referee Jerin Valel halted proceedings with just 24 seconds left in what was a lopsided 2nd round.
It was the third loss in a row for Clarke, and as he told the fans at the Rogers Arena in Edmonton, Alberta, it will be the last fight of his career. The 31-year-old, nicknamed “Danger Zone,” announced his retirement from competition in the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
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“It was an absolute pleasure to have my last professional fight here in Edmonton,” Clarke said. “This is the last time I’m going to put these [gloves] on. So thank you Edmonton and thank you [Joe Rogan].”
Clarke hangs up the gloves with a record of 11-5, with a mark of 2-5 in the UFC. His most notable win was a stunning upset of Al Iaquinta at UFC 173, as he recovered from a difficult first round to submit the lightweight contender with a d’arce choke in round 2. As a matter of fact, he’s the most recent person to defeat Iaquinta.
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