Rich Clementi a true MMA Warrior, announces his apparent retirement today

Updated: November 19, 2012

Today on Rich ‘No Love’ Clementi’s facebook page, he posted this in the wake of his loss at Bellator 81, to Marcin Held:

“Well. I guess this day had to come some time. 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 these experiences and help others try to reach there dreams. I want to thank everyone that has helped me in this experience. Now it’s time to turn the page. That’s life and now the same drive will be passed off towards my guys and now I will be able to give more of me to them. I am very excited to see what the future has in store for me. I will update my condition when my MRI comes back. Surgery a must just not sure about some of the other issues. Doc said my body has been around the block a few times. I can only smile.”

If this has truly been his last fight he leaves behind a record and legacy of a true journeyman.  His overall record is 45-22-1 and 5-5 in the UFC. Clementi has fought all over the world against some of the best welterweights and lightweights in the last 13 years. He holds notable victories over Melvin Guillard, Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, Terry Etim, Chris Clements, Sam Stout and Eddie Yagin. He was the unofficial leader of Team ‘No Love’ on TUF 4: The Comeback. Rich’s promotional resume is also notable, having fought in the UFC, Bellator, Titan FC, Dream, The Score Fighting Series and King of the Cage shows his name and talent could bring people to arenas at every professional level.

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.

We, at MMA Opinion wish him a speedy recovery from his upcoming surgery and the best of luck in the future. Thanks for the memories, ‘No Love’.

On a personal note, I must say that his fight with Melvin ‘The Young Assassin’ Guillard was preceded with a lot of entertaining ‘smack talk’. I, for one, had no faith in Clementi to win that fight, and I was wrong. He survived Guillard’s early barrage of punishment and came back to win the fight by rear naked choke at UFC 79. After which while standing over Gulliard, Rich gave him ‘No Love’, indeed, when he gave a ‘crotch chop’ sign of disrespect which nearly restarted the fight. In the Battle of the Bayou, those 2 guys from Louisiana put on one hell of a show. Thank you, Rich, much respect.

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