UFC veteran Rich Clementi has formally announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts. Following Friday’s submission loss to Marcin Held at Bellator 81 in Rhode Island, “No Love” took to his official Facebook account to let his fans know that he would be hanging up the gloves due to injuries sustained during the bout.
“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.”
Clementi’s loss in the Bellator lightweight tournament semifinals saw him walk away from MMA with a 45-22 career record. The Louisiana native is best known for his time in the UFC, where he took victories over the likes of Anthony Johnson, Melvin Guillard, Sam Stout, and Terry Etim.