After tallying a whopping 68 professional bouts, former UFC fighter Rich Clementi (Pictured) has decided to hang up his mixed martial arts gloves.
The 36-year-old unceremoniously announced his retirement with a post on his official Facebook page.
“Well, I guess this day had to come some time,” Clementi wrote. “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 [their] 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 leaves with an extensive 45-22-1 pro record. “No Love” made his claim to MMA fame as a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 4.”
He won half of his 10 scraps inside the Octagon.
Clementi was submitted by Marcin Held in the Bellator Lightweight Tournament semifinals this past Saturday.