After Knockout Loss, Devin Clark Eager to Show Improvements

By Cole Shelton Apr 19, 2019
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Devin Clark (9-3) took on highly-touted prospect Aleksander Rakic at UFC 231. Unfortunately for him, he lost by TKO, making him 1-2 in his last three bouts. Although a loss is tough, the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight gained valuable knowledge from the fight. Now, he plans to show his improvements Saturday at UFC Fight Night 149.

“It is always good winning,” Clark told “The last one barely felt like a loss to me. I know I got knocked out and all that, but I did some good things in that fight that I haven’t done in my career against a very tough opponent. Had a couple of knockdowns, and that gave me a boost that I can beat anyone. I learned a lot from this fight, and I don’t see anything but a victory going forward.”

Clark says that the biggest lesson he learned was just being more aware.

“I could have done a few more things timing wise, and that would have changed the fight,” explained Clark. “Just learning more about myself and what I can do to frustrate them and eventually beat them.”

Clark is welcoming Russia’s top light heavyweight prospect Ivan Shtyrkov (15-0-1) to the Octagon. The newcomer is quite experienced, but Clark believes he poses a new challenge.

“It will be a little different, but he will come to the fight,” said Clark. “Will he be ready to deal with what I offer? I don’t think so. He hasn’t fought that style before. A wrestler who will push the pace and be able to adjust when I need to. I’m going to meet him head-on.”

Clark promises to push the pace, and whether it goes to the ground or stays standing, he’s ready for it all. The 29-year-old has been training hard at Jackson-Wink MMA and is ready for whatever comes his way.

“He has his tools, and for me to be able to grind him out and making him tired would add to my dominance,” said Clark. “Being versatile will work in my favor and he will have to adjust to that.”

In the end, Clark is more than ready to return to the Octagon. He knows he has what it takes to get his hand raised on Saturday. How will he do it? “Me taking control right away and grinding him out and finishing him if that comes,” explained the fighter. “Or, if the finish doesn’t come, just dominating him the entire fight. Pretty much just shut him down and make him quit.”

Ultimately, the preparation is done, and now it is time for Clark to deliver and show how much he has improved.



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