Clementi announces retirement from MMA
UFC veteran Rich Clementi has stepped into a cage as a professional 68 times. And that's the exact number he'll finish at.
With a record of 45-22-1, Clementi announced his retirement on Facebook on Wednesday.
Well, I guess this day had to come some time," wrote Clementi. "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 those experiences and help others try to reach dreams. I want to thank everyone that has helped me in this experience. Now it's time to turn the page."
Clementi last competed at this past weekend's Bellator event, losing in the 155 lb. tournament semifinals. He wasn't planning on retirement following the loss, but he told MMAjunkie.com that two knee injuries led to the decision.
During his time as a UFC fighter, Clementi went an even 5-5. But that was just a small part of the 13 years he dedicated to professional fighting.
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