Getting to Know… Mitch Clarke
Name: Mitch Clarke
Walking Around Weight: 188 lbs
MMA Competition Weight Class: Lightweight (155 lbs)
Date of Birth: November 24 1985
City born in: Saskatoon, SK
City currently residing in: Edmonton, AB
First Job: Subway Sandwich Artist
Current Job: Private Contractor
First Car: 1985 Hyundai Pony (+500 000 km when it finally exploded)
Current Car: 2000 Chevy Malibu
Favorite Movie: Alien
Favorite TV Show: Community, The Walking Dead and Bar Rescue (Brian Cobb got me addicted to it)
Favorite Band/Singer: Johnny Cash
Nickname, and how you got it: “Danger Zone”. For one of my fights they made a caricature of me and the rest of the shirt was black, so the artist (my dad) put “Welcome to the Danger Zone” to fill in some space. Subsequently, Victor Bachmann began calling me Danger Zone and when he cornered me against Travis Briere the announcer asked me if I had a nickname and Victor told them my nickname was “Danger Zone”
MMA Team/Camp: Hayabusa Training Centre/ The MMALab
MMA Titles Held: EFC Welterweight Champion and TFC Canadian National Champion
Belts attained in other combat sports: Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Favorite UFC Fighter: Ben Henderson and Josh Thompson
MMA Inspirations/Mentor/Idol: Matt Hughes and Evan Tanner in terms of Inspirations. Mentor would be Jeff Montemurro, the Head MMA coach at Hayabusa. The man’s a beast and one of the best kept secrets in Canada in terms of coaching and also Roger Alves, who is a freak.
First Martial Arts Memory: Going to karate when I was 6 years old and getting my first gi and when I got home began karate chopping everyone and everything. Then never going back to karate.
First MMA Memory: Watching the Ultimate Ultimate 2 and watching Don Frye whoop up on dudes.
Greatest MMA Moment to Date: So far, beating Josh Machan for the TFC title was a great feeling. I’m also very proud of my UFC 149 fight against Anton. Although I came up short, I could’ve thrown in the towel at any point due to my knee. Most people don’t understand that my knee was shredded after about 30 seconds into the fight, but I wanted to win so bad and keep going.
Toughest MMA Competitors Encountered: John Cholish and, surprisingly, Ed Rincon. Ed took a solid beating from bell to bell and would not give up.
Most Memorable Finish: Against Adam Hunsberger. There was a scramble and he tried to grab my leg and I grabbed a Marcelotine and when he stood up I crammed him into the fence and he went unconscious. It was a great feeling.
Cage or Ring: Cage
Embarrassing MMA Memory: My UFC 140 fight. I still haven’t watched the fight but I just remember getting hit with an adrenaline dump and not being able to do anything my brain told my body. I personally think I defeated myself in that fight. John Cholish is an awesome competitor and I don’t want to take anything away from him but I just wasn’t mentally prepared for fighting in the UFC. I wanted to think it wouldn’t be different than other fights, but it was my dream to fight there and I got overwhelmed in the moment and ended up cracking.
Funny MMA Memory: When I had Paul Grandbois in a kimura and I basically dislocated his shoulder, I told him to tap and he told me to “go F*ck myself”
Favorite MMA Move (finish/strike): guillotine / spinning back kick
Favorite Sport Outside of MMA: Wrestling
Favorite Food: Chicago Deep Dish Pizza and Chocolate Chip Cookies (not together…that’s weird)
Relationship status: Single
Twitter Account: @mitchclarkemma
Facebook Account/Fan Page: Mitch Clarke MMA
Comments: I know I catch a lot of shit on this website, for being in the UFC and I know I’ll never make everyone a fan, but I do want everyone to know I work my ass off everyday and look to better myself as a fighter everyday. Some people aren’t going to like me because of my personality, some because they don’t like the way I fight, some think I don’t deserve to be where I’m at and some just don’t like me just because. And that’s all fine. The people I want to please are all the ones who do support me. I’ve met some awesome people through this sport and I won’t forget them. I’ve made some great friendships and mma has definitely changed my life for the better. To all of them, I plan on bringing my best product yet in my next fight, and to all the non-fans I’m sorry we can’t see eye to eye but I appreciate that you all love the sport. Thanks TMN for this opportunity, all the best