UFC veteran Rich Clementi retires from MMA

Pictured: Rich Clementi - Bellator

After a submission loss to Marcin Held last Friday night under the Bellator banner, UFC veteran Rich Clementi is retiriing from mixed martial arts (MMA), finishing with a 45-22-1 record (5-5 in UFC).

After 68 professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fights, 36 year-old Rich Clementi is calling it a career.

"No Love" was submitted last Friday night (Nov. 16, 2012) by Marcin Held at the Bellator 81 event in Rhode Island, tapping out to a painful toe hold (see it here) and snapping a three fight winning streak that began with a victory over Derek Campos last May.

From his Facebook page:

"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 (45-22-1) is perhaps best known for his run under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner, which spanned 10 fights (5-5) from a span of 2003-09 and included submission wins over Anthony Johnson and Melvin Guillard.

For more on his final fight for Bellator click here.

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