Iaquinta to Enter the Danger Zone Against Clarke at UFC 173

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Mitch Clarke (photo: Mike Fischl)

Mitch Clarke (photo: Mike Fischl)

Mitch Clarke will face Al Iaquinta at UFC 173 according to a UFC Facebook post today. The fight will take place May 24 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Saskatoon’s Mitch Clarke (10-2) will be entering the fight after his first UFC win. That win came in Winnipeg at UFC 161 against John Maguire via decision. Clarke is 1-2 in the UFC but has steadily improved since his 2011 debut loss to John Cholish.

Al Iaquinta (8-2) is 3-1 in the UFC and fights for the Ray Longo-Matt Serra fight team. After losing the Ultimate Fighter Live final to Michael Chiesa, Iaquinta has reeled off three consecutive victories against Ryan Couture, Piotr Hallman, and Kevin Lee.

The bout joins a card headlined by Vitor Belfort challenging Iaquinta’s teammate Chris Weidman for the UFC Middleweight title.


14 Responses to “ Iaquinta to Enter the Danger Zone Against Clarke at UFC 173 ”

  1. Bobby Karimi-Busheri says:

    Go Mitch! Let’s do it!

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  2. Good opponent for Clarke to get back to .500 in the UFC !

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  3. Adam Lorenz says:

    Good luck Mitch!

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  4. Mitch Clarke says:

    I’m just gonna sneak on here before the booing starts. I wanna thank everyone for their support, i plan on putting forth a good performance and love fighting and love the fans. Yes I am aware this is a tough fight, but there are no easy fights in the UFC and I just wanna go out there have some fun, throw some fists then go get hammered. All the best everyone, you won’t see me around here.

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  5. Halkias says:

    Excited to see Mitch back in there. Talented fighter, and a good dude.

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  6. Christian cross Ross says:

    Will be cheering you on Mitch! You make sask proud and your last fight was great (lovin the elbows to forearms while grabbed from behind lol awesome) excited to see what you bring this time and your looking way more ripped! Goons be good

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  7. mike kent says:

    Mitch is an awesome fighter ! really hoping he takes this one.

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  8. Jared Mccomb says:

    I will likely be cheering for Mitch in this one

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  9. Graham Weenk says:

    Good luck Mitch!

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  10. Sagat says:

    Good luck Mitch! Train hard! Canada is all rooting for you!

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  11. BOOBOO says:

    @MITCH – ARE U TRAINING IN TEMPE OR GLENDALE FOR THIS ONE , OR ARE YOU STAYING HOME FRONT ?

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  12. Chapman says:

    Met Mitch at wsof and super funny guy, can’t wait to watch this one

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  13. Blackout says:

    First time seeing you on here, Christian. lol But yeah, crazy fight right here. Gonna be either very explosive and end quick, or a crazy technical battle to the finish. Entertaining either way.

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  14. with the striking department being mitch clarkes weakness or archilles heel, if he is able to take the fight to the ground and keep it there he stands a chance of winning, if decides to go against his corners advice and decides to test out his prowess and machismo by playing the rock em sock em robots game with MR. Iaquinta it could prove to be a short decisive night,or like they say in the fight game, goodnight Irene!!

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