Clarke Retires After UFC 215 Loss

Canadian MMA fighter Mitch Clarke retired from professional MMA following his loss to Alex White on the UFC 215 preliminary card, in front of his current hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Clarke was the first Saskatchewan-born fighter in the UFC. He made his professional MMA debut in May 2007, winning his bout via submission. This would be the start of a nine-fight win streak for Clarke. And at the EFC’s first-ever event, on Sept. 20, 2008, Clarke became the inaugural EFC Welterweight Champion by defeating Darren Ford via first-round submission with a guillotine choke.

Clarke made his UFC debut at UFC 140 in December 2011, suffering his first professional defeat with a second-round TKO loss to John Cholish. After a split-decision loss at UFC 149 in July 2012, Clarke picked up his first UFC win at UFC 161 in June 2013 — a unanimous decision victory over John Maguire. He got his second UFC win at UFC 173 in May 2014, scoring a second-round technical submission over Al Iaquinta.

He failed to pick up a third straight win, however, as he lost to Michael Chiesa by unanimous decision at a UFC Fight Night in April 2015. He returned to the UFC Octagon about 15 months later at a UFC Fight Night event days before UFC 200 in July 2016. He suffered a submission loss to Joseph Duffy.

Clarke is currently the head coach at Complete Fitness & Martial Arts, in St. Albert, Canada.

“It was great to fight here in Edmonton in my adopted hometown,” Clarke said. “Tonight, you saw my final fight.”

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