(Clementi submits Derek Campos in Bellator May 2012)
Just three weeks after defeating Derek Campos in Bellator 70 UFC vet Rich “NoLove” Clementi returns to the cage June 16th to fight Richard Washington atRogue Warrior Championship in Las Vegas. Clementi may have slowed a little since histime in the trenches but at BFC 70 his trademark aggression was still intact ashe traded on the feet with Campos until an opening for a takedown presenteditself which quickly led to the guillotine choke. Now it is a matter if the 35 year-old can dothe same less than a month later.
Clementi is 43-21 in a career stretching back to October 1999, a long roadfilled with ups and downs including two runs in the UFC, the first fromNovember 2006-April 2007 and the second from December 2007-February 2009. Since then Clementi fought in TFC, BFC, andDream with mixed results such as his 2011 record of 2-4. “I really had my training mixed up,” saysClementi, “it really broke me down bad. My hamstrings were tightening up, I almost had to get an operation onboth my feet, and all the time I was still fighting. I could barely walk in the morning and I’dstill have to go out and run. PhysicallyI was breaking down. I re-evaluatedeverything so my workouts are basically speed and agility like Major LeagueBaseball or the NFL. I put about 20%stretching and yoga into my routine and it has totally leveled me out, totallyfixed me.”
Now saying he is on a peak in his career Clementi will face Washington,relatively unknown in MMA but like Clementi a Navy vet. This isn’t surprising considering the themefor this show is fighters from the armed services facing other vets withClementi being both ex-Navy and Air Force. The series benefits the Stars and Stripes Foundation, a charity whichaids wounded vets and their families.