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UFC cuts lightweight competitor Rich Clementi

With over 50 lightweight competitors under contract, UFC veteran Rich Clementi’s strong track record was not enough to survive a two fight losing streak in the Octagon. was informed by a source Monday afternoon that Clementi was dropped from the UFC roster shortly after Saturday’s first round submission loss against Gleison Tibau during UFC Fight Night 17.

The defeat was Clementi’s second in a row after having also dropped a unanimous decision to Gray Maynard at UFC 90 this past October.

Prior to the consecutive defeats, the Louisiana native had won five consecutive fights with four wins coming while competing under the UFC banner against Anthony Johnson, Melvin Guillard, Sam Stout and Terry Etim.

The release completes Clementi’s third stint in the UFC. His first tour of duty with the promotion ended at UFC 41 in 2003 following a third round submission loss to Yves Edwards. He then made a successful return to the UFC after having been featured during the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter, which was subtitled “The Comeback.”

Despite losing to Din Thomas via second round submission during the TUF 4 finale, Clementi was brought back for UFC Fight Night 8 in January of 2007, where he submitted Ross Pointon in a welterweight matchup. However, he was not resigned after losing a unanimous decision to Roan Carneiro at UFC Fight Night 9.

After recording a win outside of the UFC, Clementi returned to the promotion at UFC 76 in September of 2007, where he recorded a upset second round submission against Johnson.

  • CMT1 says:

    This guy really gets “No Love”!!

  • ace328 says:

    Every time I’ve seen him fight he puts on an exciting performance but he’s too inconsistent. Maybe Strikeforce will pick him up.

  • acamp76144 says:

    Thats the credit crunch for ya….. I like Clementi, think its harsh to drop him

  • Angry Mike says:

    That’s a tough break, but the lightweight division is stacked right now. I’ll never forget his win over Melvin Guillard. Priceless.

  • CubanLinx69 says:

    im sure he wont have trouble finding a contract somewhere else.

  • Dayzah says:

    I disagree with this , This guy brings it every fight and doesnt back down from anybody. His Maynard fight was just a bad matchup and maynard chose too LnP too get the W..

    Tibau beat him but Rich beat Guillard and Rumble Johnson pretty easily ..

    I agree with the rest that he shouldnt have a prob finding a place too fight.

  • AlwaysRelaxing24 says:

    5-5 UFC Record. Showed a complete lack of ability on the ground in his last two fights. I think that is really what did it for him being cut.

  • JOe K. says:

    Agreed on him easily finding another job.

    I like this guy and I think the UFC is losing on this decision.

  • AlwaysRelaxing24 says:

    As for the Johnson fight that is being referred to. He won mostly on experience and the fact that it was a last minute fight and Johnson was competely gassed after a few minutes. Even today, if both of those guys are fresh, Clementi likely loses that fight.

  • Hexdizzle says:

    Its a huge mistake to let go of a fighter who always brings it. This solidifies my distaste for the UFC and it practices. I know that every fighter should bring the fight upon entering the octagon but there are way worst no heart having, over hyped and over paid fighters in the UFC. For the UFC to get rid of Rich Clementi only weakens their roster of exciting and crowd pleasing fighters. Please UFC get rid of Stephen Bonner he is so much more boring and unexciting a fighter than Rich.

  • ctownhood says:

    Hexdizzle, I think you’re overreacting a little here. Clementi is a good fighter, yes. But, I think the LW division is a little too stacked for a guy like him to even be a gatekeeper. Releasing him is probably best for him, he’ll end up in an organization where he can compete, Strikeforce would be a good place.
    Bonnar is boring? He was involved in the single most important fight in UFC history! His 2 fights with Forrest are classics!!!

  • Dayzah says:

    ctownhood – If you think Bonnar is that exciting then I think you are overreacting. And the lw divison is too stacked for him to oeven be a gate keeper ..

    Your logic could work on Bonnar just easily as you referred it too Clementi .. Too each hsi own , id rather watch Clementi fight anyday of the week over Bonnar.

    And the UFC is all about ‘ What have you done for me lately ” , so if Bonnar keeps losing I wouldnt be surprised at all if they dropped him.

  • goodguy says:

    I don’t see where all this venom for Bonnar is coming from. He is far from boring. He is willing to stand and trade and he stays very active when the fight goes to the mat.

    Am I off base here?

  • VENOM says:

    Good bye and Good Luck, Rich! We barely knew ye! :-(


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