Mitch Clarke is calling it a career after 16 professional fights.
The 31-year-old Canadian lightweight announced his retirement in the Octagon following a second-round technical knockout loss to Alex White in a preliminary 155-pound contest at UFC 215 at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday night. “Danger Zone” displayed tremendous toughness as he was bloodied and battered by his opponent, but he finally succumbed to a final volley of punches at the 4:36 mark of round two.
“I think that toughness has been the tale of my career and pushing me beyond what my body is able to do,” Clarke said. “Although I did not get the result I wanted, it was an absolute pleasure to have my last career fight in Edmonton.”
Clarke ends his career on a three-fight skid in the Octagon that also included losses to Joseph Duffy and Michael Chiesa. Clarke fought once per year in the UFC beginning in 2011, compiling a 2-5 mark in the Octagon. He notably submitted Al Iaquinta with a brabo choke at UFC 173 in May 2014. Clarke compiled an 11-5 mark as a professional overall, with seven wins coming via submission.